Yamile Molina, PhD

Faculty Affiliate
Contact: 312-355-1791 | ymolin2@uic.edu

Yamile Molina, PhD, joined CRWG in 2015 and serves as a Faculty Affiliate. She is also an Associate Professor of the Community Health Sciences Division and Early Investigator/Academic Partner, Office of Community Engagement, Research, and Implementation Science, Cancer Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is committed to academic, community, and advocacy efforts that optimize the agency and well-being of women. Toward that end, Dr. Molina has received qualitative and quantitative training that spans across disciplines, including graduate degrees in psychology (MS, PhD) and epidemiology (MPH). She utilizes approaches that rely on interwoven, continuous multi-stakeholder engagement, including community-based participatory research and mixed method designs. Her quantitative and qualitative work largely involves examination of mediating factors/mechanisms through various analytic techniques. Her interests center on characterizing individual and community strengths that promote well-being and optimal healthcare utilization among marginalized and resilient groups, including people of color, LGBTQ-identified people, and people living with chronic conditions.

In her role at CRWG, Dr. Molina is involved in several observational and interventionist studies targeting women’s health, including the Faith Based Collaborative of the Southern Seven Coalition for Women’s Health.


Select Peer-reviewed Publications

Molina Y, Plascak JJ, Patrick DL, Bishop S, Coronado GD, & Beresford SAA. Published online. Neighborhood predictors of mammography barriers among US-based Latinas. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40615-016-0222-3.

Molina Y, Scherman A, Hayes Constant TH, Hempstead B, Thompson-Dodd J, Richardson S, Weatherby SR, Reding KW, & Ceballos RM. Published online. Medical advocacy among African American women diagnosed with breast cancer: from recipient to resource. Supportive Care in Cancer. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00520-016-3123-4.

Farhadifar F, Molina Y*, Taymoori P, & Akhavan S. 2016. Mediators of regular mammography in two tailored interventions for Iranian women. BMC Public Health 16; 149. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26874508.

Hohl S, Molina Y, Koepl L,  Lopez K, Vinson E, Linden H & Ramsey S. Published online. Satisfaction with cancer care among American Indian and Alaska Natives in Oregon and Washington State: a qualitative study of survivor and caregiver perspectives. Supportive Care in Cancer.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26638004.

Molina Y, Beresford SAA, Hayes Constant T, & Thompson B. Published Online. Conversations about abnormal mammogram results: The influence of social factors on time to follow-up and psychological distress among Latinas and non-Latina Whites. Journal of Caner Education.

Molina Y, Ornelas IJ, Doty SL, Bishop S, Beresford SAA, & Coronado GD. Published online. Family/friend recommendations and mammography intentions: The roles of perceived mammography norms and support. Health Education Research.

Molina Y, Silva A, & Rauscher GH. Published online. Racial/ethnic disparities in time to a breast cancer diagnosis: the mediating effects of healthcare facility factors. Medical Care.

Scheel JR, Molina Y*, Briant KJ, Ibarra G, Lehman CD, & Thompson B. Published online. Latina breast cancer intention and behavior following a promotora-led intervention. Journal of Community Health.

Molina Y, Marquez JH, Logan DE, Leeson CJ, Balsam KF & Kaysen DL. Published online. Current intimate relationship status, depression, and alcohol use among bisexual women: The mediating roles of bisexual-specific minority stressors. Sex Roles. PMCID in process.

Molina Y, Kim S, Berrios N, & Calhoun EA. Published online. Medical mistrust and patient satisfaction with mammography: The mediating effects of perceived self-efficacy among navigated African American women. Health Expectations. PMC4393336.

Molina Y, Hempstead B, Thompson-Dodd J, Weatherby SR, Dunbar C, Hohl SD, Malen RC, & Ceballos RM. Published online. Medical advocacy and supportive environments for African Americans following abnormal mammograms. Journal of Cancer Education. PMC4383730.

Taymoori P, Molina Y, & Roshani D. Published online. Effects of a randomized controlled trial to increase repeat mammography in Iranian women. Cancer Nursing. PMC4326613.

Balsam KF, Molina Y, Blayney JA, Dillworth T, Zimmerman L, & Kaysen DL. 2015. Racial/ethnic differences in identity and health outcomes among young sexual minority women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 380-390. PMID 25642782.

Kim S, Molina Y, Glassgow AE, Guadamuz J, & Calhoun EA. 2015. The effects of navigation and types of neighborhoods on timely follow-up of abnormal mammogram among Black women. Medical Research Archives 3.

Ceballos RM, Molina Y, Malen RC, Ibarra G, Escareño M, & Marchello N. 2015 Design, development, and feasibility of a Spanish-language cancer survivor support-group. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 23, 2145-2155. PMC4449795.

Molina Y, Ceballos R, Dolan ED, Albano D, & McGregor B. 2015. Perceived risk and cancer worry among women with a family history of cancer: A new perspective on coping as a mediator. Psycho-oncology 24, 113-116. PMC4282611.

Molina Y, Thompson B, & Ceballos RM. 2014. Physician and family recommendations to obtain a mammogram and mammography intentions: The moderating effects of perceived seriousness and risk of breast cancer. Journal of Women’s Health Care 3, 199. PMC4281937.

Molina Y, Hohl SD, Ko LK, Rodriguez EA, Thompson B, & Beresford SAA. 2014. Understanding the patient-provider communication needs of Latina and non-Latina White women following an abnormal mammogram. Journal of Cancer Education, 29, 781-789. PMC4206667.

Molina Y, Beresford SAA, Espinoza N, & Thompson B. 2014. Psychological distress, social withdrawal, and coping following receipt of an abnormal mammogram among different ethnicities: A mediation model. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41, 523-532. PMC4172284.

Molina Y, Lehavot K, Simoni JM, & Beadnell B. 2014. Racial/ethnic disparities in health behaviors and conditions among lesbian and bisexual women: The role of internalized stigma. LGBT Health, 1:131-9. PMC4172284.

Molina Y, Yi JC, Martinez-Gutierrez J, Yi-Frazier J, Reding K, & Rosenberg AR. 2014. Resilience among patients across the cancer continuum: Diverse perspectives. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 18: 93-101. PMC4002224.

Molina Y, Thompson B, Espinoza N, & Ceballos R. 2013. Breast cancer interventions serving U.S.-based Latinas: Current approaches and directions. Women’s Health, 9: 335-350. PMC3969611.

Molina Y, Martinez-Gutierrez J, Püschel K, & Thompson B. 2013. Plans to obtain a mammogram among Chilean women: The roles of recommendations and self-efficacy. Health Education Research 28: 784-92. PMC3772330.

Molina Y, Choi S.W., Cella D., & Rao D. 2013. Development, validation, and performance of Stigma Scale for Chronic Illnesses 8-item Version (SSCI-8) across neurological conditions. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 450-460. PMC3758464.

Molina Y & Ramirez-Valles J. 2013. HIV/AIDS stigma: Measurement and relationships to psycho-behavioral factors in Latino gay/bisexual men and transgender women. AIDS Care 25: 1559-1568. PMC3800251.

Ramirez-Valles J, Molina Y, Dirkes J. 2013. Stigma towards PLWHA: The role of internalized homosexual stigma in Latino gay/bisexual male and transgender communities. AIDS Education and Prevention, 25: 179-189. PMC3718259.

Lehavot KL, Molina Y, & Simoni J. 2012. Childhood trauma, adult sexual assault, and adult gender expression among lesbian and bisexual women. Sex Roles 67: 272-284. PMC3758810.

Balsam KF, Beadnell B, & Molina Y. 2012. The Daily Heterosexist Experiences Questionnaire: Measuring minority stress among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development 46: 3-25. PMC3777637.

Balsam KF, Molina Y, Beadnell B, Simoni J, & Walters, K. 2011. Measuring multiple minority stress: LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology 17: 163-174. PMC4059824.

*Indicates Dr. Molina served as the primary mentor for the first author.