Andrea Romero is an associate professor in the department. She also has appointments in Psychology and Family Studies & Human Development. Born in Visalia, California, she grew up in the Southwest United States, including Vallejo, California; Oxnard, California; El Paso, Texas; and Farmington, New Mexico. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with emphasis in quantitative methodology, Latino/a psychology, and adolescent health. Her research interests include studying cultural factors that may prevent ethnic and racial health disparities. She has published several articles that focus on sources of resiliency found in ethnic identity, families, and low-income neighborhoods. One of her research projects is a hip-hop based curriculum to prevent substance use and increase physical activity by empowering youth through their ethnic identity and neighborhood resources. She is currently collaborating with the City of South Tucson Drug Free Community to prevent youth substance use.
Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Houston, 1997
I study adolescent health and sources of resiliency in ethnic identity, families, and low-income neighborhoods. My current research projects are to prevent substance use, and STDs/HIV/AIDS among Mexican American and Native American teens Click here to view my publications and grants.
I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in Mexican American Studies from a social psychological perspective. Click here to see my syllabi and resources for undergraduate and graduate students.
- MAS 280: Social Perspectives in Mexican American Studies
- MAS 365: Latinos/as: Emerging Contemporary Issues
- MAS 587: Chicana Gender Perspectives
- Co-Principal Investigator, Telenovela Intervention for Home Care Services, National Institutes of Nursing Research. $224,241. Principal Investigator: Janice Crist.
- Principal Investigator, South Tucson Prevention Coalition. $258,200. Research partners: Michele Orduna, City of South Tucson, John Valenzuela Youth Center, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.
- Co-Investigator, Determinants and disparities in high-risk sexual behavior in US adolescents. $147, 277. Research partners: P.I. Dr. Scott Carvajal.
- Principal Investigator, 4 Elements Project. NIH grant under review. Research partners: Tucson Unified School District, 4 Elements Team.
Areas of Study:
- Social Psychology
- Community-based health promotion
- Positive youth development
- Ethnic identity, discrimination, neighborhoods and families