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Karen Flórez is an associate behavioral and social scientist at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She obtained her doctorate from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. Trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods, she has applied this mixed methodological skill-set to explore sociocultural factors affecting the health of vulnerable populations. Specifically, she has focused on the process of acculturation (i.e., the process by which immigrants begin to espouse the norms, values, and behaviors of the dominant culture) and fatalism (i.e., the belief that all aspects of individual life are predetermined) among various immigrant Latino communities. Her work on acculturation has looked at nutrition and diet-related diseases (e.g., obesity) in large representative samples of Latino adults. The research on fatalism explored the impact of fate on cancer screening beliefs and practices among immigrant women from the Dominican Republic living in New York City. Flórez is bilingual (English-Spanish) and has worked extensively with monolingual Spanish populations in the United States.
Cancer; Diet and Eating Habits; Disability Effects Of Obesity; Female Populations; Health Disparities; Latino Populations; Migrants; Nutrition Policy; Social Determinants Of Health; Special Needs Populations
Research Article: J Child Adolesc Behav 2015, 3: 202