Felix Kury

Felix Kury

Felix Kury, M.S.

Lecturer Emeritus

Faculty Biography

  • B.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University
  • M.S., Counseling, San Francisco State University

Mental health policy issues facing Latinos in the U.S.

  • LTNS 210: Latina/Latino Health Care Perspectives
  • LTNS 211: Latina/o Families Narratives
  • LTNS 500: Latina/o Community Mental Health
  • LTNS 680: Latina/o Community Organizing
  • LTNS 694: Community Service Learning

SF State Institute for Civic & Community Engagement 2017 Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning


State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, Excellence in Service Learning, April 27, 2017


CARECEN 30th Anniversary Celebration Honoree, November 10, 2016


Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, November 10, 2016


The City and County of San Francisco 2015 Latino Heritage Community Award


California State Senate Certificate of Recognition, October 15, 2015


2015 Excellence in Service Distinguished Faculty Award, San Francisco State University, May 12, 2015


Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to International Community Service Learning Institutionalization, San Francisco State University, April 19, 2006


The City and County of San Francisco Certificate of Honor for the Cuba Education Project, March 5, 2005

Program Director/Founder, Clínica Martín-Baró (2005 - present)

This academic initiative was conceived and inspired by my students, who had traveled with me to Cuba, and is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. Students integrate classroom learning with experiential community-based learning. The Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, medical students at UCSF, and my undergraduate students enrolled in LTNS 210 Latino Health Care Perspectives collaborate to run a Saturday free clinic at Mission Neighborhood Center.  This student-run clinic began providing free care to the Latino community of the San Francisco Mission District in January 2007.


Consultant (Pro Bono), Center for Justice and Accountability (1998 - present)

Supporting survivors of torture and helping to bring a landmark case to trial of the assassination of Archbishop Romero, which was won in September 2004.


Therapist/Consultant, Family Mosaic Project (1996-2013)

Provide individual and family therapy to children and at-risk adolescents.


Therapist/Consultant, Survivors International (1995-2005)

Survivors International assists survivors of torture from around the world by providing individual psychotherapy, family counseling, consultations, support groups, and psychological and medical evaluations for political asylum applicants.


Family Therapist, North Peninsula Family Alternatives (1989-1991)                   

Provided individual and group therapy to Latino children, adolescents, and their families. Group meetings were first held at community centers and later in family homes, initiating was is now the "Casa a Casa" model. 


Assistant Director, La Posada Acute Residential Treatment Program (1986-1990)

Trained and supervised counselors serving a diverse psychiatric population, including Central American refugees as survivors of human disasters; responsible for the establishment of therapeutic support groups.


Day Treatment Coordinator/Counselor, La Posada Acute Residential Treatment Program (1979-1986)

Counseling for clients undergoing a crisis; many included geriatric, homeless, and AIDS-diagnosed clients needing physical and psychological assessment, case management, and referrals.  AIDS education, training of other counselors, networking, and advocating appropriate and culturally-relevant treatment.  

Heilemann MV, Choudhury SM, Kury FS, Lee KA, “Factors Associated With Sleep Disturbance in Women of Mexican Descent.” Journal of Advanced Nursing,, 68(10):2256-66, October 2012.


Heileman, M., Lee, K., Kury, F., “Strength Factors Among Women of Mexican Descent.” Western Journal of Nursing Research, December 2005, Volume 27, No 8.


Heileman, M., Kury, F., Lee, K., “Traumatic Events and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Women of Mexican Descent in the U.S.” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders.

Volume, 193, Number 10, October 2005.


Heileman, M., Lee, K., Kury, F., "Protective Strength Factors, Resources, and Risks in Relation to Depressive Symptoms Among Childbearing Women of Mexican Descent.” Health Care for Women International, 25:88-106, 2004.


Heileman, M., Lee, K., Kury, F., “Psychometric Properties of the Spanish Version of the Resilience Scale.” Journal of Nursing Research, Spring/Summer 2003, Volume 11. No 1.


Heileman, M., Lee, K., Kury, F., " Strengths and Vulnerabilities of Women of Mexican Descent in Relations to Depressive Symptoms," Nursing Research, May/June 2002, Vol. 51, No. 3.      


Cordova, C., Kury, F., "Salvadorans," In Latinos Psychiatric Patient Assessment & Treatment (Lopez, A., ed.).  American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc, 2001.


Kury, Felix.   "Torture Syndrome as a Specific Case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in El Salvadoran Refugees."  Journal of La Raza Studies, Vol. I, No. 1, pp. 38-42, 1987.


Kury, Felix. "Guidelines For A Negotiated Settlement." Western Regional Office of The Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR), San Francisco, California, 1984.


Dunphy, Rev. L., Kury, Felix, & Lawlor, SNJM, E. M.  "Position Paper," East Bay Inter-Faith Task Force on El Salvador, Oakland, CA, November 2, 1980.


Kury, Felix.  "Cuatro Sacerdotes Asesinados:  Persecusión de Iglesia Crece Mientras Comienza Conferencia en Puebla." El Pulgarcito, San Francisco, California, Vol. IV, 1979.


Kury, Felix.  "International Solidarity an Antifacist Weapon." El Pulgarcito, 

San Francisco, California, Vol. III, Número 4, p. 2, 1978.


Kury, Felix.  "El Salvadoreño en Estados Unidos," Voz Popular, San Salvador, El Salvador, 1a semana de diciembre de 1976.


Kury, Felix.  Monthly editorials related to socio-political, economic and immigration issues for Central Americans in the U.S. for El Pulgarcito   a bilingual Spanish/English newspaper, with a monthly publication of 5000 copies, serving the Central American community in the U.S., 1976-1981.

Quick Links