Dr. Andrea J. Romero
Andrea J. Romero, Ph.D., is an associate professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Family Studies & Human
Development, and Mexican American and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona. In addition, she has affiliated positions
in the psychology department, Latin American studies, women’s studies, and public health. She received her doctorate
in social psychology from the University of Houston in 1997 with a minor in quantitative methods. She then worked at
Stanford University in the Stanford Center for Research and Disease Prevention for two and a half years on prevention
of obesity and substance use among minority children.
Dr. Romero has focused her research career on understanding cultural strengths of ethnic minority adolescents and
how they relate to health disparities. She has published several articles that investigate the risk and protective
factors embedded in families, ethnic identity, discrimination and neighborhoods. Her research demonstrates that
although discrimination can increase stress and has a negative impact on adolescent mental health and risky
behaviors, adolescents with a strong ethnic identity seem to fare better. Dr. Romero has also found that stronger
values of familism are associated with more parental monitoring and fewer risky behaviors among Latino adolescents.
A central element of Dr. Romero’s research approach is that of participatory action research, which is done in dialogue
and collaboration with community members.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Romero has been working with the South Tucson Prevention Coalition to address underage
drinking and prevention of HIV/AIDS. She conducts professional reviews for the National Institutes of Health, Ford
Foundation, and several peer reviewed journals. Dr. Romero has received federal funded grants to conduct research
on substance use and HIV prevention programs for middle school-aged Latino adolescents. She advocates for equal
rights at her institution of higher education as a leader of the Association for Women Faculty, the Diversity
Coalition, and the Minority Women Faculty. Dr. Romero continues to be active in the National Association for
Chicana and Chicano Studies and in the National Latino/a Psychological Association.