Marinilda Rivera, PhD
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Marinilda Rivera, PhD

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Marinilda Rivera, PhD
Outreach Program Trainee
Assistant Professor

Dr. Rivera-Díaz completed her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR); and her master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child Services at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. In the year 2004, she pursued her doctoral studies at the UPR Graduate School of Social Work Beatriz Lasalle with a concentration in Administration of Social Policy. By 2012, she completed her post-doctorate in a collaborative program between the aforementioned school, the UPR School of Medicine, and the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Dr. Rivera-Díaz has worked as a social worked in private and community projects that dealt with children and families. She was also hired by the “Administración de Servicios de Salud Mental y Contra la Adicción” where she worked as a director and consultant in projects of youth and infant mental health. Her academic works include subject-matters such as: mental health, childhood and social work, as well projects involving HIV/AIDS studies from which she has received several scholarships from: the Council of Social Work Education, the Academy Health/Aetna Minority Scholarship Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is currently an assistant professor at the UPR Graduate School of Social Work Beatriz Lasalle and has recently received the funds to continue researching the areas of mental health, addictions and HIV at the University of California in Los Angeles. 

1. Rivera Díaz M, Rivera Díaz Y. “About the internal problems” and other stories: children and youth mental health. Salud & Sociedad. 2011; Vol.2 (No. 3): P. 322 – 333.

2. Rivera Díaz M, Avilés Z. El foto ensayo como herramienta académica para el análisis de la opresión: Reflexiones desde el salón de clase. Revista Paideia Puertorriqueña. 2012; Vol. 7 (Núm. 1): P. 1-23.

3. Rivera Díaz M, Varas-Díaz N, Reyes-Estrada M, Suro B, Coriano D. Socio structural factors and HIV/AIDS stigma: Experiences from puerto ricans living with HIV/AIDS accesing health services. Salud & Sociedad. 2012; Vol.3 (No. 2): P. 180-192.

4. Rivera Díaz M. Niñez ciudadana: Un abordaje socioconstruccionista a la política de salud mental infanto-juvenil en Puerto Rico. Revista Puertorriqueña de Psicología. 2011; Vol. 22: P. 122-146.

5. Rivera Díaz M, Varas-Díaz N, Reyes-Estrada M, Padilla M, Coriano M. (2014) Patriarchal Discourse and HIV transmission among women living in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico health and sciences journal Vol. 33 No. 1 (supplement)

U54 Collaborators

Universidad de Puerto RicoThe University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer CenterNational Cancer InstituteCenter for Reduce Cancer Health Disparities