Ph.D., University of Michigan
B.A., Smith College
My program of research centers on psychosocial stress, resilience and health, with a specific focus on elucidating the ways in which discrimination stress relates to the health, broadly defined, of Latino youth and adults. First, drawing from minority stress models and social epidemiology, I examine how different sources of discrimination are associated with cardiovascular health-related risks, including health-damaging behaviors and poor mental and physical health. Second, using a resilience framework, I focus on investigating the psychosocial, cultural, and contextual factors that might mitigate the deleterious effects of discrimination on health. Third, drawing from life-course, ecodevelopmental, and family stress models, I examine the psychosocial and behavioral mechanisms through which the effects of discrimination, as perceived by parents, are intergenerationally transmitted to child outcomes. I apply a feminist lens to my research, paying attention to the role of power differentials (advantages and disadvantages) associated with intersecting social identities and the ways in which they shape experiences, processes, and outcomes.
Molina, K.M. (in press). Women of color and discrimination. In Nadal K.L. (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Sage Publications.
Molina, K.M., Little, T.V., & Rosal, M.C. (in press). Everyday discrimination, family context, and psychological distress among Latino adults in the United States. Journal of Community Psychology.
Molina, K.M., Jackson, B., & Rivera-Olmedo, N. (2015). Discrimination, racial/ethnic identity, and substance use among Latina/os: Are they gendered? Annals of Behavioral Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-015-9738-8
Arellano-Morales, L., Roesch, S., Gallo, L.C., Emory, K., Molina, K.M., Gonzalez, P., &...Brondolo, E. (2015). Prevalence and correlates of perceived ethnic discrimination in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos: Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3(3), 160-176.
Molina, K.M., Alegría, M., & Mahalingam, R. (2013). A multiple-group path analysis of the
role of everyday discrimination on self-rated physical health among U.S. Latina/o adults. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(1), 33-44.
Molina, K.M., & Simon, Y. (2013). Everyday discrimination and chronic health conditions
among Latinos: The moderating role of socioeconomic position. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(5), 868-880.
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