VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

school lunch

Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? read more...


Dr. Rosalie Corona

Associate Professor (tenured)

Director, Clinical Psychology Program (primary), Health Psychology (secondary)

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. Our current projects focus on the intersections between adolescent body image perceptions, sexual health, substance use, and mental health symptoms. We are particularly interested in identifying family and cultural protective factors for racial/ethnic minority adolescents’ health behaviors, including mental health. We are also involved in the development and evaluation of prevention programs aimed at increasing family communication to reduce health disparities. In general, I use a variety of methodologies including observational work, qualitative interviews and focus groups, and surveys, which provides my students with different training opportunities. Finally, I have also trained students who are interested in health promotion in racial/ethnic minority adult populations. Our specific focus in that area has been on cancer prevention.

Selected Publications

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.

Lopez, V., & Corona, R. (2012). Troubled relationships: High-risk Latina adolescents and nonresident fathers. Journal of Family Issues, 33, 715-744.

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

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 2010. National Institutes of Health. R25 MH080665, $9,980 total costs.

Talking about cancer and related risk factors in Latino families. Principal Investigator. July 2009-June 2010. American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant. $20,000 total costs.

Improving the quality of mental health care for Richmond's youth: A model interdisciplinary program. Co-Principal Investigator (PI = Bryce McLeod, PhD). July 2009-June 2010. VCU Council for Community Engagement. $10,000 total costs.