Kristine M. Molina, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kristine Molina is an assistant professor of psychology and is developing her research at IHRP.

Dr. Molina's 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.

Dr. Molina earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Arellano-Morales L, Roesch SC, Gallo LC, Emory KT, Molina KM, Gonzalez P, Penedo FJ, Navas-Nacher EL, Teng Y, Deng Y, Isasi CR, Schneiderman N, Brondolo E. Prevalence and Correlates of Perceived Ethnic Discrimination in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study. J Lat Psychol. 2015 Aug;3(3):160-176. [See abstract.]

Molina KM, Jackson B, Rivera-Olmedo N. Discrimination, Racial/Ethnic Identity, and Substance Use Among Latina/os: Are They Gendered? Ann Behav Med. 2016 Feb;50(1):119-29. [See abstract.]

Alcántara C, Molina KM, Kawachi I. Transnational, social, and neighborhood ties and smoking among Latino immigrants: does gender matter? Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr;105(4):741-9. [See abstract.]

Alegría M, Molina KM, Chen CN. Neighborhood characteristics and differential risk for depressive and anxiety disorders across racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Depress Anxiety. 2014 Jan;31(1):27-37. [See abstract.]

Molina KM, Alcántara C. Household structure, family ties, and psychological distress among U.S.-born and immigrant Latino women. J Fam Psychol. 2013 Feb;27(1):147-58. [See abstract.]

Molina KM, Alegría M, Mahalingam R. A multiple-group path analysis of the role of everyday discrimination on self-rated physical health among Latina/os in the USA. Ann Behav Med. 2013 Feb;45(1):33-44. [See abstract.]

Molina KM, Alegría M, Chen CN. Neighborhood context and substance use disorders: a comparative analysis of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Sep;125 Suppl 1:S35-43. [See abstract.]