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Research Interests

  • Health Equity 
  • Parenting
  • Family Dynamics
  • Psychometrics and Measurement
  • Developmental Psychopathology

Dr. Rodriguez will be considering graduate students as a primary research advisor for the Fall 2024.

My research program aims to achieve three major aims, with the overarching goal of improving health outcomes for underserved populations globally (e.g., Global North countries, racially and ethnically minoritized people, immigrant families, Spanish-speaking caregivers, LGBTQIA+ families, families disproportionately affected by chronic illness). Firstly, I strive to gain a better understanding of the causal and perpetuating factors contributing to health disparities among youth and their parents in understudied, underserved, and underprivileged groups. Secondly, I am committed to improving assessment methods used to evaluate health outcomes and predictors (e.g., parenting) in parents and youth, ensuring their validity across different cultural (cross-cultural and multicultural), research, and clinical contexts. Through the development of culturally sensitive and contextually appropriate assessment tools, I aim to improve the accuracy of how we assess various factors (e.g., parenting) in research and interventions. Lastly, I am interested in the translation of evidence-based health promotion strategies and interventions into underserved settings to promote health equity using community based participatory research and informed by implementation science frameworks (e.g., MOST, CFIR).

As my research interests span multiple disciplines including clinical psychology, developmental psychology, public health, and quantitative methodology, there are abundant opportunities for lab members to engage in a diverse range of projects and cultivate various research skills. Despite the broad scope of our work, all endeavors within the lab are interconnected, offering ample collaboration opportunities among lab members and external collaborators to collectively contribute to our overarching goals. Furthermore, as a methodologist by training, I emphasize the use of a wide range of methods (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) and samples to explore our questions, as multimethod approaches are often needed to better understand minoritized families. This approach allows lab members to develop and refine a diverse set of skills, equipping them with a comprehensive toolkit for conducting rigorous and impactful research.

Grants

National Institute of Mental Health, Revision and Validation of the Multidimensional Assessment of Parenting Scale (MAPS) in a Racially and Ethnically Diverse National Sample, Mechanism: R36, Role: Principal Investigator

 

Education

2023: PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Georgia

2020: MS, Psychology, University of Georgia

2015: MSEd, Research, Measurement and Evaluation, University of Miami

2012: BA, Psychology, Florida International University

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