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Yamile Molina, PhD, MPH, MS

Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences

Center for Research on Women and Gender


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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.