Rosalie Corona, Ph.D.

Dr Rosalie Corona

Co-Director, Clinical Psychology
806 W Franklin, rm 201
(804) 828-8059

Professor (tenured)
Co-Director, Clinical Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
Director, Latinx Mental Health Clinic

Ph.D. (1999), University of California, Los Angeles

Doctoral Program Affiliations

Primary: Clinical Psychology 
Secondary: Health Psychology


Research Interests

My community-engaged research focuses on health promotion and risk reduction in Latinx and African American families. A theme throughout my scholarship is the role of family and culture in health behaviors. My research progresses from an initial focus on identifying local health disparities and the risk and protective factors associated with health disparities, to the development, implementation, and evaluation of family-based prevention programs to address health disparities. My work bridges clinical psychology, developmental psychology, social work, medicine/genetics, and public health and incorporates observational methods, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and surveys. I have served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute; National Cancer Institute; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. My community-engaged teaching is a direct result of my community-engaged research that focuses on health disparities.

For instance, in response to a need’s assessment finding regarding the limited bilingual mental health services in our community, I founded the VCU Latinx Mental Health Clinic. As Director, I supervise bilingual doctoral students in the provision of evidence-based mental health services to English and Spanish speaking Latinxs. In 2015, I was awarded the VCU Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment because of my community-engaged research, teaching, and service activities in the local Latinx community. That same year, I received the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program Dalmas A. Taylor Distinguished Contributions Award for my contributions toward the development of ethnic minority psychologists. Undergraduate and graduate students are actively involved in research projects, grant-writing, conference presentations, and publications.

Select Publications

co-author was *student, †post-doctoral fellow or ±community partner at time of writing

Corona, R., Dvorsky, M.R., *Romo, S., *Parks, A.M., *Bourchtein, E., *Smith, Z.R., *Avila, M., & Langberg, J.M. (2020). Integrating tobacco prevention skills into an evidence-based intervention for adolescents with ADHD: Results from a pilot efficacy randomized controlled trial. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 48, 1439-1453.

Corona, R., McDonald, S.E., *Hitti, S., *Avila, M., Trujillo, M.A., Cox, J.R., Velazquez, E., *Edgar, K., *Hershner, L., *Benzel, G.K., *Matijczak, A., *Gordon, C.A., *Ascencio, I., Moreno, O., & ±Gonzalez, T. (2020). Training Spanish-speaking Latinx adults in Mental Health First Aid: A pilot feasibility trial. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 25, 260-271.

Hagiwara, N., Green, T.L., Moreno, O., Smith, D., & Corona, R. (2021). Ethnic discrimination and weight outcomes among Latinx emerging adults: Examinations of an individual-level mediator and cultural moderators. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 27, 189–200. 

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

Culturally enhancing a motivational interviewing intervention for Latinx adolescents.

Amount: $449,929
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Moreno)
Source: Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Period: 7/2018-6/2021

RVA breathes: a Richmond City collaboration to reduce pediatric asthma disparities

Role: Co-Investigator (Everhart)
Amount: 6,068,581
Source: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (U01HL138682)
Period: 07/2017-06/2023

Integrating Tobacco Prevention Strategies Into Behavioral Parent Training for Adolescents With ADHD

Amount: $449,362
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Langberg)
Source: Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Period: 7/2015 – 6/2018

Recent Awards

  • 2021, Distinguished Service Award, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
  • 2020, Distinguished Scholar Award, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
  • 2017, Outstanding Faculty Community Engagement Award, VCU Department of Psychology
  • 2016, Community-Engaged Scholar, VCU Division of Community Engagement
  • 2015, Outstanding Service Award, VCU Department of Psychology
  • 2015, Dalmas Taylor Award, American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program  
  • 2015, Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2012, Outstanding Teaching Award, VCU Department of Psychology

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