Latino & Diabetes Study
The Latino & Diabetes Study is a three-year NIH (National Institutes of Health) federally funded project. This investigation
will use a multi-method approach (i.e., focus groups and survey measures) to explore the mental models of type II diabetes
among Hispanic college students who are high-risk candidates for this disease. Mental models refer to the beliefs that
people have regarding a particular disease which in turn impact disease-related behaviors and attitudes. Accurate knowledge
of the mental models of type II diabetes that are unique to specific cultural groups is essential for future development of
culturally sensitive and effective risk-reduction interventions. The study will also examine: (1) diabetes-specific health
behavior; (2) physical health indicators; and (3) health-related attitudes of at-risk Hispanic college students.
Education: BA, 1984, California State University, San Diego; MA, 1987, Ph. D., 1990, University of California, Riverside
Research and Publications: Work in minority mental health, student retention, and ethnic identity.
Most Recent Publication: Childhood Family Relationships, Marital and Work Conflict, and Mental Health Distress in Mexican
Education: BA, 1992, MA, 1994, Ph. D., 1997, University of California, Riverside
Research and Publications: Work in education and child care. Mental models of Latino students who are at-risk for Type 2
Most Recent Publication: Child Care Practices and Preferences of Native and Foreign-Born Latina Mothers and Euro American Mothers.