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Psychology Department

Rosalie Corona, Ph.D.

Dr. Rose Corona [View Image]

Professor Director, Clinical Psychology 806 W Franklin, rm 201
(804) 828-8059

Professor (tenured)
Director, Clinical Psychology Program
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
Director, Latina/o Mental Health Clinic
Associate Editor, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Ph.D. (1999), University of California, Los Angeles

Doctoral Program Affiliations

Primary: Clinical Psychology 
Secondary: Health Psychology


Research Interests

My general area of research focuses on health promotion and risk reduction in Latina/o 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. I am also involved in the development and evaluation of family-based prevention programs aimed at reducing health disparities. I use a variety of methodologies including observational work, qualitative interviews and focus groups, and surveys.

This is a busy time in our lab as we are currently collecting data on two grant-funded projects. First, we are culturally-enhancin an existing evidence-based motivational interviewing intervention to explore whether it improves tobacco use outcomes in a sample of Latina/o adolescents and their parents. Second, we are evaluating whether integrating tobacco prevention messages into an evidence-based intervention for youth with ADHD and their parents helps reduce youth smoking intentions and behaviors. In addition to these active grant projects, we are collaborating with others on projects related to discrimination and obesity/overweight among immigrant Latina/o adults, health behaviors of South African university students, pediatric asthma, and mental health first aid in the Latina/o community. Undergraduate and graduate students are actively involved in research projects and publications.

Select Publications

Corona, R.,Pope, M., Shaffer, C.M., Hood, K.B., Velazquez, E., & Barinas, J. (2018). A qualitative examination of the relationship between body image and sexual risk behavior: Perceptions from Latina and African American adolescent girls and their maternal caregivers.Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication

Corona, R., Rodríguez, V.M., McDonald, S.E., Velazquez, E., Rodríguez, A., & Fuentes, V.E.(2017). Associations between cultural stressors, cultural values, and Latina/o college students’ mental health. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 63-77. 

Velazquez, E., Corona, R., Easter, R., Barinas, J., Elshaer, L., & Halfond, R.W. (2017). Cultural values, mother-adolescent discussions about sex, and Latina/o adolescents’ condom use attitudes and intentions.Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 5, 213-226.

Corona, R., Gomes, M., Pope, M., Shaffer, C. M., & Yaros, A. (2016). Love shouldn’t hurt: What do African American maternal caregivers tell their daughters about dating violence? Journal of Early Adolescence, 36, 465-489.

Corona, R., Yaros, A., Pope, M., Velazquez, E., & Augustin, D. (2015). A pilot study of what African American maternal caregivers and their adolescent daughters talk about when asked to discuss tobacco together. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 15, 268-286.

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Recent Courses

  • 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

Recent Grants

Culturally enhancing a motivational interviewing intervention for Latinx adolescents.

Amount: $449,929
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Moreno)
Source: Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Period: 7/2018-6/2021

Perceived discrimination and obesity/overweight among Hispanic Immigrants

Amount: $3000
Role: Co-Investigator (Hawiwara, Green)
Source: VCU Massey Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Research Accelerator Monies (RAMs) Award
Period: 11/2017-10/2018

RVA breathes: a Richmond City collaboration to reduce pediatric asthma disparities

Role: Co-Investigator (Everhart)
Amount: 6,068,581
Source: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (U01HL138682)
Period: 07/2017-06/2023

Trauma-Informed Care for Refugee Newcomers in Virginia: A Factorial Design of Effectiveness-Implementation Hybrid Research

Amount: $47,000
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Im)
Source: VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund
Period: 7/2017 – 6/2019 

The Effects of Young Adults’ Attitudes About Health and Relationships on Sexuality and HIV Infection

Amount: $390
Role: Collaborator (Haffeje, PI)
Source: National Research Foundation
Period: 1/2016 – 12/2018

Integrating Tobacco Prevention Strategies Into Behavioral Parent Training for Adolescents With ADHD

Amount: $449,362
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Langberg)
Source: Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Period: 7/2015 – 6/2018

Recent Awards

  • 2017, Faculty Development Seminar (Guatemala and Mexico), VCU Global Education Office
  • 2017, Outstanding Faculty Community Engagement Award, VCU Department of Psychology
  • 2016, Community-Engaged Scholar, VCU Division of Community Engagement
  • 2015, Outstanding Service Award, VCU Department of Psychology
  • 2015, Dalmas Taylor Award, American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program  
  • 2015, Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2014, Faculty Development Seminar (South Africa), VCU Global Education Office
  • 2012, Outstanding Teaching Award, VCU Department of Psychology

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