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Diana Padilla-Medina

[Diana M Padilla]

Assistant Professor, Social Work
Last Updated: July 28, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Intimate Partner Violence, Dating Violence, Latinos, Adolescents, Measurement Development, Adolescent Decision Making

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Mental Health Practice, Social Work Practice with Children and Families, Diversity and Oppression, and Research Methods

Biography

Biography

Diana, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. She is also a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar. Diana also conducts international consultancy and evaluation work, to help develop social services programs in the Dominican Republic and Colombia. Prior to that, Diana worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker at the Puerto Rican Family Institute, and as Research Scientist at NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Diana complements her clinical practice and research, with policy experience. Prior to becoming a social worker, she worked at The Brooking Institution on Latin American issues, such as crime, citi-zen security, and violence. She received grants from the Organization of American States and Open Society Institute to conduct research work in the region on these topics.

Diana’s current research work focuses on sexual and intimate partner violence among adolescents and adults, particularly among Latinos. She is currently conducting an evaluation study in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia Faculty of Medicine and Asociacion Creemos en Ti to assess a treatment protocol for sexual offending behaviors among Colombian adolescents. Additionally, she is also conducting a study to develop a measure to assess Puerto Rican adolescents' intentions to engage in abusive behaviors in their dating relationships. Of particular relevance to the current public health context, Diana, along other colleagues at UTA and abroad conducted a study to assess the relationship among COVID-19 and intimate partner violence in a representative sample of US adults. She has published on the topics of gender, intimate partner violence, and decision making in Latin America, and has participated in local media discussing issues related to adolescent dating violence, and practice of policy implications.

Diana holds a Ph. D from New York University, and a MSW and MA in Human Rights from Columbia University.

Licensure and Certifications

Licensure and Certifications

    • 2015 Permanent License by Master, Colegio de Trabajadores Sociales de Puerto Rico
    • 2013 Certification CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) , Turnaround for Children, Inc.
    • 2012 Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New York ,

Appointments

Appointments

    • Sept 2018 to Present Assistant Professor
      Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington (Dallas, TX, United States)
      This Assistant Professor position entails the following responsibilities 1) pursue sponsored research, 2) produce peer-reviewed publications, 3) participate in academic conferences and the national and international academic community, 4) teach a requisite number of courses, 5) mentor students, 6) serve on dissertation, thesis, or project report committees, and 7) engage in faculty meetings and provide support to other faculty members.
    • Jan 2017 to June 2018 Assistant Professor
      Social Work, University of Puerto Rico (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
      This Assistant Professor position entails the following responsibilities 1) pursue sponsored research, 2) produce peer-reviewed publications, 3) participate in academic conferences and the national and international academic community, 4) teach a requisite number of courses, 5) mentor students, 6) serve on dissertation, thesis, or project report committees, and 7) engage in faculty meetings and provide support to other faculty members.
    • May 2016 to June 2018 Consultant International Social Work Programs
      Office of Social Work , Congregation Mita, Inc. (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
      1. Headed development of the Congregation’s Office of Social Work in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, including interviewing and training personnel

      2. Designed and conducted a mixed methods assessment using stratified sampling to identify the needs and resources of the Congregation’s members in Colombia and the Dominican Republic

      3. Analyzed quantitative and qualitative data obtained in the needs assessment

      4. Directed and advised local personnel in the Dominican Republic and Colombia on the development of health, mental health, and economic self-sufficiency programs based on the findings of the needs assessment

      5. Supervised program and staff development activities in the Congregation’s Offices in the Dominican Republic and Colombia
    • July 2015 to July 2016 Clinical Social Worker
      Congregation Mita Office of Social Counseling (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
      1. Provided individual and group counseling to children, adolescents, and adults with diagnoses including, disruptive behavioral disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders

      2. Developed biopsychosocial and risk assessments, as well as treatment plans

      3. Conducted case management and provided referrals to outside community resources when needed

      4. Conducted crisis interventions
    • Jan 2016 to May 2016 Adjunct Professor
      Social Work , Universidad Interamericana (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
      Taught a course to reinforce and extend understanding of a scientific, analytic approach to building knowledge for strengthening practice and evaluating service delivery. Performed academic and administrative duties for a class of 20, which included, developing syllabus, preparing lectures and discussion activities, developing assignments and exams, grading, and mentoring students.
    • Jan 2016 to May 2016 Field Instructor
      Social Work, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
      Supervised the field work of students in the generalist and advanced practice tracks. Performed individual supervision duties which included, developing a field learning plan for each student, teaching intervention techniques and skills outlined in the learning plan, and monitor and evaluate practice behaviors. Performed academic and administrative duties including developing professional development lectures on intervention techniques and skills, developing assignments, grading, mentoring students, and attending a monthly meeting with field supervisors.
    • July 2014 to June 2015 Junior Research Scientist
      Social Work , New York University (New York City, NY, United States)
      Project: Randomized Controlled Trial Study in Del Carmen, Philippines, studying conditional and unconditional cash transfers and the effects of financial literacy, psychosocial, and community factors in a global poverty setting

      First Phase (July 2014)
      1. Conducted qualitative interviews for a mixed methodology RCT designed to find out whether the Philippines’ practice of distributing welfare with strings attached—known as conditional cash transfers—worked better than the more traditional method of offering cash assistance to the poor with few or no eligibility conditions

      2. Assisted in the preparation of a financial literacy workshop for the participants receiving the intervention (financial management training)

      3. Screened and organized all interviews and ensured all materials were properly collected

      Second Phase (August 2014-June 2015)
      1. Conducted literature review on poverty, stress, and decision making in developing contexts
      2. Conducted qualitative data analysis, on 30 semi-structured interviews collected in Del Carmen
      3. Conducted quantitative data analysis on survey data
    • Mar 2013 to May 2015 Psychiatric Social Worker
      Puerto Rican Family Institute (New York, NY, United States)
      1. Provided individual and group counseling to children, adolescents, and adults with diagnoses including, disruptive behavioral disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders

      2. Developed biopsychosocial and risk assessments, as well as treatment plans

      3. Conducted case management and provided referrals to outside community resources when needed

      4. Conducted crisis interventions
    • July 2014 to July 2014 Adjunct Lecturer
      Social Work, New York University (New York, NY, United States)
      Delivered lecture on “Social Science Research Methods” to the faculty at Surigao State College of Technology, Del Carmen, Philippines
    • Sept 2013 to June 2014 Research Assistant
      Neuroscience and Education Lab, New York University Institute of Human Development and Social Change (New York, NY, United States)
      Project: ABC Project & Children Self-Regulation Project

      1. Conducted complex data collection procedures—home-based cognitive and behavioral assessments, and physiological assessments—for the ABC project, a federally-funded RCT intervention studying the role that Early Head Start can play in supporting parenting and buffering children from the negative effects of toxic stress. Duties included:

      o Conducting cognitive and behavioral tests with children and parent
      o Conducting parent surveys
      o Collection of human biological samples

      2. Assisted with quantitative secondary data analysis from the Children Self-Regulation Project, a federally-funded RCT intervention examining the influence of contextual risk on children’s socioemotional, behavioral and cognitive adjustment
    • Sept 2012 to June 2014 Research Assistant
      New York University Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (New York, NY, United States)
      Project: Family and Inter-partner Violence in a Maya community of the western highlands of Guatemala (2012-2013):

      1. Conducted literature reviews on the topic of inter-partner and family violence in Latin America

      2. Conducted qualitative data analysis on 20 semi-structured interviews collected in highland Guatemala in January-March 2012 with Maya men and women on gender relations, interactions, and violence

      3. Prepared reports and publications related to study

      Project: Behavioral Approaches to Treatment Adherence for Diabetes in Maya Municipalities of Highland Guatemala: A Pilot Study (2013-2014):

      1. Prepared a literature review on strategies for treatment adherence for type II Diabetes in Latin America and specific recommendations

      2. Processed qualitative data and conducted data analysis involving transcription and coding interviews with physicians and female patients between 30 and 60 years old

      3. Prepared reports and publications related to study
    • Mar 2014 to Mar 2014 Adjunct Lecturer
      Social Work , New York University (New York, NY, United States)
      Course: Current Issues in Social Work and Social Welfare Policy

      Delivered lecture on the “Role of think tanks and advocacy organizations in social work”. Performed regular administrative duties of a Teacher Assistant for a class of 25, which included assist professor to develop course plans, obtaining materials needed for classes, including texts and other materials, mentor students, correspond with students on inter-campus communication system, take attendance and record responses.
    • Sept 2011 to May 2012 Research Assistant
      Social Work , Columbia University (New York, NY, United States)
      1. Facilitated a writing and psychoeducation support group for young mothers who grew up in foster care in New York City

      2. Supported in the development of a culturally-competent and evidence-based intervention that was specific to the needs of young mothers who grew up with abuse and that is widely adopted by city agencies charged with supporting young mothers

      3. Collaborated in the design of a program monitoring and evaluation plan

Memberships

    • Jan 2018 to Present Society for Social Work and Research
      Member

      The Society for Social Work and Research advances, disseminates, and translates research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, just, and equitable society.

      The Society:
      1.Encourages the design, implementation and dissemination of rigorous research that enhances knowledge about critical social work practice and social policy problems and advances social welfare practices and programs

      2. Fosters a trans-disciplinary inter-professional support network of investigators conducting research on social work practice and social policy in the United States and around the world

      3. Provides learning opportunities to improve the conduct of social work-relevant research and its application; promotes practices and policies grounded in an evidence-base

      4. Supports increased research funding and training programs for social work researchers

      5. Provides formal recognition of significant contributions to social work-relevant research

      6. Seeks active partnerships with other social work and research-related organizations to accomplish all of the above.
    • Oct 2015 to Present Council of Social Work Education
      Member
      Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.
    • Aug 2015 to Present Colegio de Trabajadores Sociales de Puerto Rico
      Member
      CTSPR is a non-profit organization that, endorsed by law, regulates the fulfillment of an ethical professional practice of excellence and that promotes the defense of their professional rights. For these purposes, the CTSPR articulates a professional project that strengthens professional and organizational development, allowing effective involvement and participation in actions that promote comprehensive well-being, justice and equity, as well as the improvement of working conditions and enforceability,, defense and expansion of human rights.
    • Aug 2010 to Present National Association of Social Workers
      Member
      he National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

News Articles

News Articles

    • Oct 2020 YouTube (Perdon y Auto Perdon/Forgiveness of self and others)
      I volunteered to help a local faith-based social work organization to conduct educational workshops related to diverse psychosocial challenges individuals and families have been facing in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Spanish video focuses on helping individuals forgive themselves and forgive others during traumatic or stressful life event. The video is a recording of the workshop offered on September 25, 2020.
    • Sept 2020 YouTube (How to deal with fear/ Manejo del miedo)
      I volunteered to help a local faith-based social work organization to conduct educational workshops related to diverse psychosocial challenges individuals and families have been facing in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Spanish video focuses on how families manage the fear generated by the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The video is a recording of the workshop offered on September 18, 2020.

Other Activities

Other Activities

      • May 2016
        1. Headed development of the Congregation’s Office of Social Work in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, including interviewing and training personnel

        2. Designed and conducted a mixed methods assessment using stratified sampling to identify the needs and resources of the Congregation’s members in Colombia and the Dominican Republic

        3. Analyzed quantitative and qualitative data obtained in the needs assessment

        4. Directed and advised local personnel in the Dominican Republic and Colombia on the development of health, mental health, and economic self-sufficiency programs based on the findings of the needs assessment

        5. Supervised program and staff development activities in the Congregation’s Offices in the Dominican Republic and Colombia (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Colombia)
        Congregation Mita, Inc. Office of Social Work

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

Publications


      2020
      • Book
        Spotlight on UTA School of Social Work: Diana Padilla-Medina conducts survey research
        Foundations of Social Work Research
        [Mauldin , Rebecca L]. Arlington, Texas: "MAVS Open Press".

      In Process
      • Manuscript
        Understanding the Factors Influencing Puerto Rican Adolescents’ and Young Adults’ Intentions to Engage in Abusive Behaviors in Dating Relationships
        [Padilla-Medina, DianaM, Rodríguez, Evelyn, Vega, Gyleam, Jessica, Williams]. Revising to Resubmit.
      • Manuscript
        Gender Role Beliefs and Puerto Rican Adolescents Conceptualization of Romantic Experiences
        [Padilla-Medina, DianaM, Rodgríguez, Evelyn, Vega, Gyleam]. Sex Roles. "Springer ". Revising to Resubmit.
      • Manuscript
        Race, Trauma, and Health Risks for Intimate Partner Violence Since the COVID-19 Outbreak: A Cross-Sectional Study
        [Padilla-Medina, Diana M, Davis, Maxine, Gilbar, Ohad]. The Lancet. "Elsevier". In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted.
      • Manuscript
        The Indirect Effects of PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety Disorders on the Association between COVID-19 Cases/Symptoms and IPV Perpetration in the United States General Population
        [Gilbar, Ohad , Padilla, Diana , Davis, Maxine ]. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. "APA Publishing ". Revising to Resubmit.
      • Manuscript
        Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Perpetration among U.S. Adults during COVID-19: A Brief Report from National Survey Data.
        [Davis, Maxine, Gilbar, Ohad, Padilla, Diana ]. Revising to Resubmit.
      • Manuscript
        Development and Preliminary Validation of a Questionnaire to Assess Puerto Rican Adolescents Intentions to Engage in Dating Violence.
        [Padilla-Medina, Diana, Gilbar, Ohad , Williams, Jessica]. Journal of Family Violence. "Springer". Submitted.
      • Manuscript
        Teen Dating Violence Help-Seeking Intentions and Behaviors Among Ethnically and Racially Diverse Youth: A Systematic Review
        [Padilla , Diana , Williams , Jessica , Ravi , Kristen, Ombayo, Bernadette, Black , Beverly ]. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse . "Sage Journals ". Accepted.
      • Manuscript
        Age Differences in Help Seeking Behaviors: Exploring Help-Seeking Predictors Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence in Colombia.
        [Padilla-Medina, Diana , Small , Eusebius , Nikolova , Silviya ]. Violence Against Women. Revising to Resubmit.

      2020
      • Manuscript
        Deconstructing bias: The decision-making process among child protective service workers in Chile
        [LaBrenz, Catherine A, Reyes-Quilodran, Claudia, Padilla-Medina, Diana, Contreras-Arevalo, Miguel, Piñones, Luz]. International Social . "Sage ".

      2019
      2017
      2015
      • Manuscript
        Behind maya doors: Gender violence, acceptance, and resistance in highland Guatemala.
        [Liliana, Goldín, Rachel, Copeland, Diana, Padilla]. Gendered Perspectives in International Development.(305), 1-24. East Lansing, Michigan.
        https://gencen.isp.msu.edu/publications/papers/

Presentations

    • November  2020
      Padilla, DianaM (Author & Presenter), Small, Eusebius (Author & Presenter), Nikolova, Silviya (Author & Presenter), "Age Differences in Help Seeking Behaviors Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence in Colombia", CSWE , Virtual Conference . (November 17, 2020).
    • November  2020
      Williams, JessicaR (Presenter), Ravi, Kristen (Presenter), Ombayo, Bernadette (Presenter), Padilla, DianaM (Presenter), "Teen Dating Violence Help-Seeking Among Diverse Adolescents: A Systematic Review", CSWE, Virtual Conference . (November 16, 2020).
    • November  2018
      Padilla-Medina, DianaM (Author & Presenter), "Developmental Variations in Puerto Rican Adolescents Gender Role Beliefs Towards Dating Violence.", CSWE, Orlando, FL. (November 10, 2018).
    • November  2018
      Rivera, Leomaris (Presenter), Padilla-Medina, DianaM (Presenter), "Opportunities and Challenges of Conducting International Research by Faith-Based Social Services Organizations.", CSWE, Orlando, FL. (November 10, 2018).
    • January  2018
      Padilla-Medina, DianaM (Author & Presenter), "Toma de Decisiones y Violencia en las Relaciones Románticas de los Adolescentes Puertorriqueños", Puerto Rican Psychology Association, Ponce, Puerto Rico. (January 29, 2018).
    • January  2018
      Padilla-Medina, DianaM (Author & Presenter), "Resistance or Acceptance of Abusive Behaviors in Romantic Relationships in Low Income and Urban Puerto Rican Adolescents Using a Unified Theory of Behavior", SSWR, Washington DC. (January 14, 2018).
    • October  2017
      Padilla, DianaM (Author & Presenter), "Abusive Behaviors in Puerto Rican Adolescents Romantic Relationships: A Decision Making Approach.", CSWE, Dallas, TX. (October 22, 2017).
    • September  2017
      Padilla-Medina, DianaM (Author & Presenter), "Resistance or Acceptance of Abusive Behaviors in Romantic Relationships in Low Income and Urban Puerto Rican Adolescents Using a Unified Theory of Behavior", La Jolla, California. (September , 2017).
    • October  2015
      Padilla, DianaM (Author & Presenter), Hawkins, RobertL (Author & Presenter), "Sitting with Chickens: Qualitative International, Participatory Research in Rural Settings", CSWE, Denver, CO. (October 17, 2015).
    • October  2015
      Hawkins, RobertL (Presenter), Padilla, DianaM (Presenter), "Depression, Quality of Life, & Poverty: Decision Making in Rural Filipino Families", CSWE, Denver, CO. (October 16, 2015).

Students Supervised

    • Dec 2020
      Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
      Leomaris Rivera Serrano, The instructor was invited to participate as a Committee Member of the Comprehensive Exam of a student in the School of Social Work at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

      Abstract: This study revolves around the difficulties that women have when undertaking self-management and entreprenurial projects. The analysis details the complications that many women, mainly heads of households, face when taking the course of entrepreneurship and somehow coping with poverty. It seeks to confront the reproduction of the multiple oppressions towards women and document the fight for gender equality. In addition, some searches were made to find out about international studies related to the efforts that various countries have made to contribute to the integral development of women. It should be noted that the subject under study has been little studied in the Puerto Rican context within the field of social work. It is critical to address the subject under study since women's engagement in entrepreneurial and self-management projects have gained popularity and certain gray areas should be clarified in the discourse of self-management and entrepreneurship. A conceptual framework is presented informed by feminist theory and theories of entrepreneurship and self-management that contribute to the epistemological dialogue that leads us to a critical reflection regarding the women who have decided to undertake in these business projects. (Social Work)
      Mujeres emprendedoras: Un análisis de las implicaciones del empresarismo en Puerto Rico bajo lo establecido en la Ley 62
    • Dec 2020
      Undergraduate Supervised Research
      Lourdes Gonzalez , The student participated in collecting and analyzing data in a study to evaluate a treatment protocol for Colombian adolescents who have engaged in illegal sexual behaviors. This project was part of her internship. (Social Work)
    • Apr 2020
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Sarah Rae Robinson , Abstract: Environmental stressors within the built environment can greatly impact health. Environmental stressor, such a noise levels, crowding, and housing quality have shown to impact physical healing as well as mental health. Although environmental stressors have been examined within healthcare environments, such as hospitals and clinics, very litter research exists about the presence of environmental stressors within shelter environments. Furthermore, even less research has looked at environmental stressors present within intimate partner violence (IPV) shelters. The built environment of IPV shelters and environmental stressors present within the shelter have the potential to greatly impact survivors’ health and influence whether survivors gain positive outcomes from services provided within the shelter. Due to this gap in knowledge, this study will identify and measure environmental stressors found within IPV shelter environments. Twenty survivors will be interviewed at four shelters, two rural and two suburban, across North Texas in order to gain knowledge about the physical structure of shelters and potential environmental stressors experienced by shelter residents. In addition, spatial mapping of the built environment of the location of the shelters will be conducted to identify potential stress related to mobility and employment. Then using participant feedback and GIS data, a measurement will be developed to capture measure the impact of environmental stressors on survivors in shelter. The measurement will be developed by obtaining feedback from shelter residents, shelter staff, and experts within the research community who have studied the impact of the built environment on health. The results of this study will have implications for the development and design on IPV shelters and for the rules and policies which govern life within the shelter.


      (Social Work)
      Identifying and Measuring Environmental Stressors in Intimate Partner Violence Shelters
    • July 2019
      Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
      Sarah Rae Robinson , Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global health crisis affecting one in four women worldwide. Experiences of IPV can lead to lasting consequences to survivors’ physical health, mental health, and economic opportunities. For some survivors, access to resources and support would not be possible without domestic violence shelter programs. Domestic violence shelters offer survivors the opportunity to consider options for their futures while receiving tangible and emotional support in a safe environment. Although many shelter programs have seen positive outcomes from survivors having their needs met through connection to services, many survivors detail negative experiences residing within the shelter environment itself. Given that the built environment has the potential to impact health and quality of life, it is important to consider the impact of the built environment of the shelter on survivors. Since limited research has been done to explore the impact of the built environment of domestic violence shelters on survivors, I suggest the works of Michel Foucault and Evan Stark might offer insights into recommendations for the design and construction of domestic violence shelters which could reduce survivors negative experiences and therefore improve outcomes after exiting the shelter. (Social Work)
      Using Foucault and Stark to Consider the Built Environment of Domestic Violence Shelters
    • Apr 2019
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Bernadette Ombayo , Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore risk factors of TDV, examine the moderating effect of gender or ethnicity on the relationship between TDV victimization and school outcomes, and explore the mediating effect of health-related behaviors on the relationship between TDV victimization and school outcomes. Data from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was used. The CDC collects data biennially on risk behaviors among high school youth across the U.S. using the YRBS. This study used multiple imputation to handle missing data. Bivariate analyses included correlations, T-tests, Chi-squares, and logistic regression in SPSS to explore the relationships between the variables. Process MACRO 3.3 was used to conduct moderation and mediation analyses. The sample was comprised of 14,765 high school students. Most participants were 16 to 18 years and older (61.9%). 51.4% of the sample were female; 91.4 % of participants reported that they engaged in at least one or more sexual risk behaviors. Seventy percent of the teens were -others (i.e., White, Multi-racial, Asian, Alaskan-Native, American Indian, and Hawaiian), 19.4% were Black/African-American, and 10.6 % were Hispanic. Thirty-sevenpercent of participants reported difficulty concentrating in school. Participants reported average grades of 3.39 with the majority of students reporting As (28.9%) and Bs (29.7%) and having substance use of 1.12 on a scale of zero (no substance use) to four (higher levels of substance use). Results indicated that being a younger, female, non-Hispanic, and involving in sexual risk behaviors were risk factors for TDV victimization. Second, neither gender nor ethnicity moderated the relationship between TDV victimization and school outcomes. Finally, physical activity and sleep were mediators of the relationship between TDV victimization and school outcomes.
      These findings indicate that health-related behaviors are at the center of TDV victimization and academic achievement. School-based TDV prevention programs should include content on the importance of physical activity and sleep in their curricula when addressing healthy relationships. This study calls for multidisciplinary collaborations to address this social problem. (Social Work)
      TEEN DATING VIOLENCE VICTIMIZATION AND SCHOOL OUTCOMES: THE MEDIATING ROLE OF HEALTH-RELATED BEHAVIORS

Courses

      • SOCW 5358-004 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-005 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-006 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-007 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-003 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5358 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-004 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5358 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-005 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055 | Xlist Coursenum: 5358)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-006 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW | Xlist Coursenum: 5358 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 3314-003 THE LATINA EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 110841 | Mav Course: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-002 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055 | Mav Course: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • MAS 3314-002 THE LATINA EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 110841)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SOCW 3314-002 THE LATINA EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 110841 | Xlist Coursepre: SOCW MAS | Xlist Coursenum: 3314 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-003 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-005 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055 | Mav Course: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 5358-003 TRTMNT OF CHILDRN & ADOLSCNTS
        (Course Id: 109055 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus

Service to the University

    • Dec 2020 to  Present Committee Chair
      Children and Family Committee
      Since December 2020, I have been Co-chairing the Committee with colleague Catherine LaBrenz, and we will be working on a series of activities including planning events, introducing decolonization content in the curriculum, and making course modifications as needed.
    • Aug 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Field Committee
      As part of my duties, I have supported the revision of the MSW Advance Final Evaluations and have provided feedback on the COVID-19 initiative on how to transition students from COVID-19 placement arrangements to regular placements.
    • Sept 2018 to  Dec 2020 Committee Member
      Child and Family Committee
      As a member of the Children and Families Committee, I have reviewed syllabi for adherence to EPAS standards in preparation for re-accreditation, brainstormed about developing a video for the concentration of children and families, brainstormed about renaming the Treating Parent and Child Relationships course, and supported in the organization of diverse panels hosted yearly. Most recently, I along with colleague Ashley Palmer developed a DSM module to help prepare students for the licensure examination, which has been incorporated into 5362 Direct Practice with Children & Families. In addition, I have provided specific feedback regarding the reengineering of SOCW 5364 Personal Relationships course and the development of a new course on LGBTQ topics.


    • Aug 2019 to  May 2020 Committee Member
      Awards Committee
      I supported faculty in their application process to intramural and extramural awards applications, as well as reviewing awards applications. Additionally, I am supported in the task of updating the Committee's database on intramural and extramural awards with the goal of promoting faculty application to awards for which they qualify. Finally, I provided support in the process of deciding alternative forms to increase participation of graduating students' in surveys regarding instructors' performances which will help the Committee in recommending candidates for awards.
    • Nov 2019 to  Dec 2019 Special Institutional Assignment
      School of Social Work
      I participated in diverse activities related to the hiring of tenure-track faculty. I participated in three lunch and dinner meetings with candidates and two Assistant Professor meetings with the candidates.
    • Oct 2018 to  May 2019 Faculty Advisor
      Association of Minority Social Work Students
      I served as a secondary advisor to the Latinx Student Group under the Association of Minority Social Work Students. I supported the primary advisors, Dr. Sabine Rakos and Dr. Darlene Hunter in organizing the students, registering the organization at the university training, attending a training regarding student organization and registration procedures, and proposing topics and activities for the year 2018-2019. The group focused is on aspects of social justice, networking, and support among others.
    • Apr 2019 to  Apr 2019 Conference-Related
      School of Social Work and College of Nursing and Health Innovation
      I served as a poster judge in the Health Across the Life Span: Research Symposium sponsored by UTAs' School of Social Work and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The goal of this event was dual: 1) presenting cutting-edge research aligned with the strategic goal of health and the human condition, and 2) as fostering collaborations among the disciplines of health and social work. As a poster judge, I evaluated approximately 10 posters.
    • Nov 2018 to  Nov 2018 Interviewer for tenure-track faculty candidates at CSWE
      School of Social Work
      I volunteered along other Search Committee members to conduct interviews as part of the process of recruiting tenure-line faculty members. I conducted a total of 4 face-to-face interviews of prospective candidates for the position of tenure-track assistant professor. As a Latina and global scholar, I welcomed the opportunity to infuse the interviews with questions regarding diversity in teaching and research, and cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Service to the Profession

    • Nov 2020 to  Dec 2020
      Reviewer, Journal ArticleUnited States )
      Journal of Interpersonal Violence
      I was invited to review the manuscript, Multiple group memberships support resilience and growth following violence and abuse.
    • Aug 2020 to  Sept 2020
      Reviewer, Journal ArticleUnited States)
      Journal of Interpersonal Violence
      I was invited to review the manuscript, Stoicism and Verbal Aggression in Serial Arguments: The Roles of Perceived Power, Perceived Resolvability and Frequency of Arguments.
    • Apr 2020 to  May 2020
      Reviewer, Journal ArticleUnited States)
      Journal of International Violence
      I was invited to review the manuscript, PREVALENCE AND RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH PHYSICAL AND/OR SEXUAL ABUSE AMONG FEMALE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY IN KINSHASA, DRC.

    • Mar 2020 to  Apr 2020
      Reviewer, Journal ArticleUnited States )
      Journal of Interpersonal Violence
      I was invited to review Reviewed journal article entitled, Adverse childhood experiences and perpetration of electronic dating aggression: An association rule mining analysis of middle and high school students with histories of polyvictimization.



    • June 2019 to  July 2019
      Reviewer, Journal ArticleUnited States )
      Journal of Interpersonal Violence
      I was invited to review the manuscript ‘A Slap of Love’: A Way of Showing Love and Resolving Conflict Among Young People in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Past to  Sept 2020
      Guest Speaker (San Juan , Puerto Rico , United States )
      Oficina de Orientación y Trabajo Social de la Congregación Mita
      I was invited by Oficina de Orientación y Trabajo Social de la Congregación Mita-- a well--known faith-based community psychosocial services organization in Puerto Rico to develop and conduct a 1.5 hour workshop on Forgiveness of self and others. The organization developed a workshop series conducted every Friday on diverse psychosocial issues impacting individuals and families during the pandemic. Each workshop aims to provide knowledge and strategies to help individuals and families cope with stressors engendered or exacerbated by the pandemic. Workshops can be viewed through the organization's YouTube page. This specific workshop defined the concepts of forgiveness and self-forgiveness from and emotional and spiritual perspective, provided examples of situations that are difficult to forgive and self-forgive, stages of forgiveness and self-forgiveness, and strategies or actions of forgiveness and self-forgiveness. Below are the links to my presentations (available only in Spanish):

      1. Forgiveness of self and others https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ualFU1zwUd0

    • Past to  Sept 2020
      Guest Speaker (San Juan , Puerto Rico , United States )
      Oficina de Orientación y Trabajo Social de la Congregación Mita
      I was invited by Oficina de Orientación y Trabajo Social de la Congregación Mita-- a well--known faith-based community psychosocial services organization in Puerto Rico to develop and conduct a 1.5 hour workshop on How to deal with fear. The organization developed a workshop series conducted every Friday on diverse psychosocial issues impacting individuals and families during the pandemic. Each workshop aims to provide knowledge and strategies to help individuals and families cope with stressors engendered or exacerbated by the pandemic. In this workshop, we talked about biological, social, and emotional sources of fear, how to identify fear, and strategies both spiritual and emotional on how manage fear. Workshops can be viewed through the organization's YouTube page. Below are the links to my presentations (available only in Spanish):


      1. How to deal with fear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYZxxkhO2hk

    • Past to  June 2020
      Guest Speaker (San Juan, Puerto Rico , United States )
      Oficina de Orientación y Trabajo Social de la Congregación Mita
      I was invited by Oficina de Orientación y Trabajo Social de la Congregación Mita-- a well--known faith-based community psychosocial services organization in Puerto Rico to develop and conduct a 1.5 hour workshop on Positive parent-child relationships during Covid-19. The organization developed a workshop series conducted every Friday on diverse psychosocial issues impacting individuals and families during the pandemic. Each workshop aims to provide knowledge and strategies to help individuals and families cope with stressors engendered or exacerbated by the pandemic. This specific workshop addressed normal conflicts between parents, children, and teens according to developmental stage, conflicts which have been exacerbated during the pandemic, and strategies to reduce conflictive dynamics among family members. Workshops can be viewed through the organization's YouTube page. Below are the links to my presentations (available only in Spanish):

      1. Positive parent-child relationships during Covid-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE5bZol-8Wk



    • Past to  June 2020
      Attendee, Meeting (Arlington , Texas , United States)
      Latino Faculty and Staff Association
      Attended a meeting to discuss and give feedback on the establishment of the Association’s constitution and by-laws, registration at UTA, and board representation.