Dr. Rosalie Corona

Dr. Rose Corona

Associate Professor
Director, Clinical Psychology
810 W Franklin, rm 101
(804) 828-8059

Associate Professor (tenured) and Director, Clinical Psychology Program
Clinical Psychology (primary), Health Psychology (affiliated)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
PhD (1999), University of California, Los Angeles

Director, Latino Mental Health Clinic
Associate Editor, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology


Research Interests

My general area of research focuses on health promotion and risk reduction in Latina/o and African American families. I am particularly interested in identifying family and cultural protective factors for racial/ethnic minority adolescents’ health attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. I am also involved in the development and evaluation of family-based prevention programs aimed at reducing health disparities. I use a variety of methodologies including observational work, qualitative interviews and focus groups, and surveys.

This is a busy time in our lab as we are currently collecting data on three grant-funded projects. First, in collaboration with Dr. Joshua Langberg we will evaluate whether integrating tobacco prevention messages into an evidence-based intervention for youth with ADHD and their parents helps reduce youth smoking intentions and behaviors. Second, we are collaborating with a colleague in the School of Social Work (Dr. Shelby McDonald) on a community-engaged research project to promote mental health in the growing Latina/o community in the greater Richmond area. Third, I am a collaborator on a project in South Africa examining young adults’ health and relationship attitudes. Finally, I am collaborating with Dr. Bruce Rybarczyk in the integration of behavioral health services into a primary care clinic that serves Latina/o adults and children, many of whom are Spanish-speaking. Undergraduate and graduate students are actively involved in research projects and publications.

Selected Publications

Corona, R., Gomes, M., Pope, M., Shaffer, C. M., & Yaros, A. (2016). Love shouldn’t hurt: What do African American maternal caregivers tell their daughters about dating violence? Journal of Early Adolescence, 36, 465-489.
Corona, R., Yaros, A., Pope, M., Velazquez, E., & Augustin, D. (2015). A pilot study of what African American maternal caregivers and their adolescent daughters talk about when asked to discuss tobacco together. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2015.1028693
Corona, R., Rodríguez, V. M., Quillin, J. M, Gyure, M. E., & Bodurtha, J. N. (2013). Talking (or not) about family health history in families of Latino young adults. Health Education & Behavior, 40, 571-580.
Lopez, V., Corona, R., & Halfond, R. W. (2013). Effects of gender, media influences and traditional gender role orientation on disordered eating and appearance concerns among Latino adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 727-736.
Corona, R., Stevens, L. F., Halfond, R. W., Shaffer, C. M., Reid-Quiñones, K., & Gonzalez, T. (2012). A qualitative analysis of what Latino parents and adolescents think and feel about language brokering. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 788-798.

Recent Courses

  • Clinical Practicum, graduate level
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Health, graduate level
  • Individual Tests of Intelligence, graduate level
  • Minority Issues in Mental Health, graduate level
  • Child Psychopathology, undergraduate level
  • Psychology of Abnormal Behavior, undergraduate level

Recent Grants

The VCU Primary Care Psychology Training Network: Expanding the safety net. Co-investigator (PI, Rybarczyk). July 2016-June 2019. HRSA Graduate Psychology Education. $999,589 total costs.
Training Latino residents in Mental Health First Aid. Principal Investigator (Co-PI, McDonald). July 2016-June 2017. VCU Council for Community Engagement. $20,000 total costs.
The effects of young adults’ attitudes about health and relationships on sexuality and HIV infection. Collaborator (Principal Investigator, Haffeje). January 2016-December 2018. National Research Foundation. R411,390 total costs.
Factors that protect against tobacco use during the transition to college for adolescents with and without ADHD. Co-investigator (Principal Investigators, Langberg and Dvorsky). January 2016-December 2018.Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects Small Grants Program. $29,400 total costs.
A community-engaged-approach to reducing pediatric asthma disparities in Richmond. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Everhart). September 2015-August 2016. National Institutes of Health (U34). $348,289 total costs.
Integrating tobacco prevention strategies into behavioral parent training for adolescents with ADHD. Principal Investigator (Co- Principal Investigator, Langberg). July 2015-June 2018. Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. $435,862 total costs.
A bridge toward integrated psychological services for Latino children and increasing the bilingual psychologist workforce in Richmond. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Rybarczyk). July 2015-June 2017. Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. $100,000 total costs.
Providing comprehensive integrated behavioral health to adults and children at the Hayes E. Willis Health Center. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Rybarczyk). July 2015-June 2018. Virginia Health Care Foundation. $134,000 total costs.
African American parent-adolescent communication about tobacco use. Principal Investigator. January 2013-June 2014. Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects Small Grant. $26,790 total costs.
Can parents help prevent youth tobacco use? An evaluation of two evidence-based parenting programs. Principal Investigator, July 2012-June 2015. Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, $449,873 total costs.
VCU ACE: Evaluation of a comprehensive approach to youth violence prevention. Co-Investigator. September 2009 – September 2015. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $6,500,000 total costs.
Fostering family communication about cancer - do you know your kin facts? Co-Investigator (PI: Joann Bodurtha, MD, MPH). July 2009-June 2014. National Institutes of Health. R01 CA140959, $1,844,317 total costs.


  • Outstanding Service Award, Department of Psychology, 2015
  • American Psychological Association MFP Dalmas Taylor Award, 2015 - Annual award presented for contributions towards the development of ethnic minority psychologists
  • Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME), Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015 - Annual award presented for significant contributions towards enhancing VCU’s commitment to diversity
  • Faculty Development Seminar - South Africa, VCU Global Education Office, 2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, VCU Department of Psychology, 2012
  • Latino Mental Health Clinic recognized as one of VCU’s 40 Acts of Caring, 2008
  • Top 40 under 40, Richmond’s Style Weekly Magazine, 2007

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