VCU Psychology Department

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Dr. Rosalie Corona

Associate Professor (tenured) and Director, Clinical Psychology Program

Clinical Psychology (primary), Health Psychology (affiliated)

Director, Latino Mental Health Clinic


PhD (1999), University of California, Los Angeles

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Contact Information

Phone: 804-828-8059

Office: 810 W Franklin, rm 101


Research Interests

My general area of research focuses on health promotion and risk reduction in Latino and African American families. I am particularly interested in identifying family and cultural protective factors for racial/ethnic minority adolescents’ health attitudes, intentions, and behaviors (e.g., body image perceptions, sexual health, substance use, mental health symptoms, dating violence). I am also involved in the development and evaluation of prevention programs aimed at increasing family communication to reduce health disparities. I use a variety of methodologies including observational work, qualitative interviews and focus groups, and surveys. Our newest research project will evaluate whether integrating tobacco prevention messages into an evidence-based intervention for youth with ADHD and their parents helps reduce youth smoking intentions and behaviors. I am also collaborating with a colleague to integrate behavioral health services into a primary care clinic that serves Latino adults and children, many of whom are Spanish-speaking. Our plan is to begin conducting research in this primary care clinic. Finally, in addition to my research on adolescence, I have also conducted studies focused on cancer prevention among racial/ethnic minority women.

Selected Publications

Corona, R., Gomes, M., Pope, M., Shaffer, C. M., & Yaros, A. (2015). Love shouldn’t hurt: What do African American maternal caregivers tell their daughters about dating violence? Journal of Early Adolescence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0272431614566945

Corona, R., Rodríguez, V. M., Quillin, J. M, Gyure, M. E., & Bodurtha, J. N. (2013). Talking (or not) about family health history in families of Latino young adults. Health Education & Behavior, 40, 571-580.

Corona, R., Stevens, L. F., Halfond, R. W., Shaffer, C. M., Reid-Quiñones, K., & Gonzalez, T. (2012). A qualitative analysis of what Latino parents and adolescents think and feel about language brokering. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 788-798.

Corona, R., Gonzalez, T., Cohen, R., Edwards, C., & Edmonds, T. (2009). Richmond Latino needs assessment: A community-university partnership to identify health concerns and service needs for Latino youth. Journal of Community Health, 34, 195-201.

Corona, R., Turf, E. E., Corneille, M., Belgrave, F. Z., & Nasim, A. (2009). Risk and protective factors for tobacco use among 8th and 10th grade African American students in Virginia. Preventing Chronic Disease, 6, Article 45. Retrieved from

Recent Courses
Recent Grants

A community-engaged-approach to reducing pediatric asthma disparities in Richmond.
Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Everhart). September 2015-August 2016. National Institutes of Health (U34). $348,289 total costs.

Integrating tobacco prevention strategies into behavioral parent training for adolescents with ADHD. Principal Investigator (Co- Principal Investigator, Langberg). July 2015-June 2018. Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. $435,862 total costs.

A bridge toward integrated psychological services for Latino children and increasing the bilingual psychologist workforce in Richmond. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Rybarczyk). July 2015-June 2017. Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. $100,000 total costs.

Providing comprehensive integrated behavioral health to adults and children at the Hayes E. Willis Health Center. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Rybarczyk). July 2015-June 2018. Virginia Health Care Foundation. $134,000 total costs.

African American parent-adolescent communication about tobacco use. Principal Investigator. January 2013-June 2014. Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects Small Grant. $26,790 total costs.

Can parents help prevent youth tobacco use? An evaluation of two evidence-based parenting programs. Principal Investigator, July 2012-June 2015. Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, $449,873 total costs.

VCU ACE: Evaluation of a comprehensive approach to youth violence prevention. Co-Investigator. September 2009 – September 2015. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $6,500,000 total costs.

Assessing the needs of the Asian American community in Richmond. Co-Principal Investigator. July 2011-September 2012. VCU Council for Community Engagement. $12,000 total costs.

Fostering family communication about cancer - do you know your kin facts? Co-Investigator (PI: Joann Bodurtha, MD, MPH). July 2009-June 2014. National Institutes of Health. R01 CA140959, $1,844,317 total costs.

Using media literacy to prevent HIV and dating violence among Latina adolescents. Principal Investigator (VCU Subcontract from Columbia University). April 2008-March 2011. National Institutes of Health. R25 MH080665, $9,980 total costs.