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Latina Researchers Conference
Increasing the Pipeline for Future Scholars

About the conference:  
The Latina Researchers Conference is a multidisciplinary science meeting that brings together diverse scholars and researchers to address the underrepresentation of historically disadvantaged populations with advanced social and behavioral science degrees and STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and to examine the barriers and opportunities for advancement in research and academic positions., The Conference is a major program of the Latina Researchers Network and seeks to:

*Present the state of academia as it relates to underrepresented scholars
*Highlight how researchers from under-represented groups are approaching research related to vulnerable populations
*Explore challenges in successful academic faculty achievement and socio-cultural influences of success among faculty of color and other under-represented scholars
*Increase exposure of advanced research careers in the academy to the next generation of investigators and provide examples of excellence in scholarship
*Ensure underrepresented scholars have access to role models and networking opportunities to enter and remain in the academy, and
*Showcase the work of leading Latina health and behavioral science researchers and other activist scholars and how their research influences social policy

The inaugural Latina Researchers Conference took place Friday, April 27th, 2012 and Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at John Jay College.


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Featured Experts of the Inaugural 2012 Latina Researchers Conference

Plenary Discussions on State of Academia

Cheryl A. Boyce, Ph.D., Chief of the Behavioral and Brain Development Branch and Associate Director for Child and Adolescent Research Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH/DHHS). Renowned for her collaborations and consultations on issues of research and policy on the topics of child abuse and neglect, trauma and violence, early childhood, health disparities, mental health and substance use.

Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D., Professor of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, Interim Director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park. Internationally renowned for her scholarship on the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, nativity and structural inequalities impact physical/mental health and educational attainment. 

Plenary Discussions on Paths to Success in Academia

Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean for the School of Continuing Education and Professor of Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Activist scholar renowned for her work on immigrants and their life change processes, multicultural competency development and organizational diversity assessment.

Michael Zárate, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso. Editor of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 45. His expertise on the social cognitive processes that underlie person and group perception has advanced knowledge on prejudice and stereotyping.

Vivian Chavez, Dr.PH., MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. Her work has infused a multicultural global dimension to health promotion and disease prevention – focused on solutions, resiliency and common values, and has introduced bringing the body to academia.

KEYNOTE Address on Critical Issues in Achieving Faculty Diversity

Debra J. Pérez, Ph.D., Interim Assistant Vice President for Research and Evaluation at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Recognized for her leadership in the New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming and contributions to advancement of under-represented investigators.


Plenary Presentations Showcasing Successful Researchers

Ana V. Diez-Roux, MD, Ph.D., MPH, Professor of Epidemiology at University of Michigan School of Public Health.  An international leader in the investigation of the social determinants of health, the application of multilevel analysis in health research, and the study of neighborhood health effects.

Eva Moya, Ph.D., LMSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work at the College of Health Sciences at University of Texas at El Paso. A specialist in border health and member of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Healthy People 2020 Advisory Committee.

Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Sc.D., MPH, Assistant Professor in the Health Education Department at San Francisco State University. A former Kellogg Health Scholar at the Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and expert on racial/ethnic disparities and populations patterns in obesity.


Presentations and Workshops of Exemplary Research

Linda Castillo, Ph.D., Professor and Training Director of the Counseling Psychology program at Texas A&M University. Her expertise has influenced the understanding of acculturation, enculturation, and marianismo on educational persistence and mental health of Mexican American adolescents and women.

Michelle Fine, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. A Pioneer in the field of youth Participatory Action Research and internationally renowned for her scholarship in education and social justice.

María Elena Torre, Ph.D., Founding Director of The Public Science Project at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her work has introduced the concept of ‘participatory contact zones’ to collaborative research, asking how we might build a radically inclusive ‘we’– from which to build knowledge, relationships, and policy that interrupts social injustice.


Cristiane Duarte Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University. Her work has advanced knowledge of the relationship between Hispanic child mental health and factors of high social impact –childhood obesity, exposure to large-scale disasters, cultural context or service system structure.

Hilda Pantin Ph.D., Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and Associate Director of the Prevention Division. Internationally renowned for her systematic program of research for the prevention of problem behaviors in Hispanic adolescents and the development of Familias Unidas.


Vivian Chavez, Dr.PH, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. Her work has infused a multicultural global dimension to health promotion and disease prevention – focused on solutions, resiliency and common values, and has introduced bringing the body to academia.

Click here to view full Biographies of Speakers from the 2012 Inaugural Latina Researchers Conference.