Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Dr. Molina is an Assistant Professor in the UIC School of Public Health’s Division of Community Health Sciences, a Senior Research Specialist at the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender, and an Academic Partner/Early Investigator at the UI Cancer Center’s Office of Community Engagement, Research, and Implementation Science. Over the last four years, Dr. Molina led three (3) studies and secondary analyses on over eight (8) trials concerning cancer health disparities. This work has occurred in domestic (e.g., Washington, Illinois, California) and international (e.g., Peru, Chile, Iran) contexts. Throughout these studies, Dr. Molina employed mixed method and community-based participatory research processes. Her research focuses on measuring and supporting patient- and community-level protective factors (e.g., self-efficacy, social norms) in order to improve screening uptake, promote timely diagnostic resolution following abnormal screening, and optimize psychological sequelae.
As a BIRCWH Cancer Center Associate, Dr. Molina plans to continue her local, cross-national, and international collaborations in order to pursue cancer equity. She will establish her program in Chicago to compare the ‘added value’ of interventions that encourage Latinas to become involved in breast health promotion (e.g., volunteering in policy development, speaking to family and friends) on their own screening as well as their communities relative to standard education interventions.