Office: 810 W Franklin, rm 101
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.
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 http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/apr/08_0139.htm
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- Clinical Practicum, graduate level
- Culture, Ethnicity, and Health, graduate level
- Individual Tests of Intelligence, graduate level
- Minority Issues in Mental Health, graduate level
- Child Psychopathology, undergraduate level
- Psychology of Abnormal Behavior, undergraduate level
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.
- American Psychological Association MFP Dalmas Taylor Award, 2015 - Annual award presented for contributions towards the development of ethnic minority psychologists
- Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME), Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015 - Annual award presented for significant contributions towards enhancing VCU’s commitment to diversity
- Faculty Development Seminar - South Africa, VCU Global Education Office, 2014
- Outstanding Teaching Award, VCU Department of Psychology, 2012
- Latino Mental Health Clinic recognized as one of VCU’s 40 Acts of Caring, 2008
- Top 40 under 40, Richmond’s Style Weekly Magazine, 2007