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Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, MS

RWJF Center for Health Policy Doctoral Fellow
Psychology and Public Health

Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, M.S., is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico and Dissertation Fellow at the RWJF Center for Health Policy. Ms. Rodriguez Espinosa is pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology as well as Masters of Public Health in the School of Medicine. A native of Habana, Cuba, Patricia moved to the United States in 2007, going on to graduate with a B.S. in Psychology in 2010 and immediately starting her doctoral degree. She received her Master’s in Science degree in Psychology in 2013 after defending her thesis with distinctions in the Department of Psychology at UNM. Patricia’s direct experiences with immigration have become the starting point for her research agenda focusing on immigrant and Latino health in the United Stated. 

Research Interests 

Ms. Rodriguez Espinosa’s research concentrates on immigrant Latinos, minority health and health disparities. Her current research investigates the interaction between cultural adaptation processes, social mobility trajectories, and social determinants of health, particularly the role of neighborhood-level factors in determining immigrant Latino health. Some of her research has also centered on discrimination, racial/ethnic identity and health, as well as the role of research orientations such as Community-Based Participatory Research in advancing Latino health and reducing the health disparities gap. Additionally, she is interested in how advanced statistical models such as growth mixture models can be applied to the study of both Latino and immigrant health over time and the Latino paradox. 

Recent Accomplishments 

Ms. Rodriguez Espinosa has recently submitted her dissertation research in application for a NIH F31 Fellowship with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Patricia was awarded the RWJF Fellow of the Year Leadership award for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is also a recent recipient of the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship. As part of this program, she spent a week in Washington DC at the APA and had the opportunity to advocate in Capitol Hill for programs investing in training of racial/ethnic minority researchers and practitioners.