Associate Professor of Psychological Science
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Kristine Molina is an Associate Professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She has a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College and a joint PhD in Psychology (Personality and Social Contexts) and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She completed a NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology/behavioral medicine at the University of Miami. Prior to coming to UCI, she was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Racism and discrimination, social inequality, health disparities, Latinx health
Our lab is concerned with investigating how different dimensions of inequality (e.g., discrimination, resource inequality), often resulting from racism, become embodied at multiple levels to affect health across the life course. We focus on three interrelated areas: 1) inequality, health, and health disparities; 2) contexts of coping with inequality; and 3) intergenerational transmission of inequality. We use intersectionality as the organizing framework to understand how interlocking social structures and identities shape the experiences of and the processes by which dimensions of inequality affect the health of racialized groups.