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Research Associate Professor
University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
5030 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Office (305) 284-1572

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Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2013


Karina Gattamorta, PhD, EdS

Karina Gattamorta, PhD, EdS


Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Ed.S. in School Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, FL
B. A. in Psychology and Special Education, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL


Research Statement


Her research interests are related to measurement invariance as well as the health disparities of Hispanic adolescents, specifically substance abuse. Dr. Gattamorta is interested in examining psychiatric diagnoses and gender and as they relate to a variety of drug related and treatment outcomes. She is currently working on a research project examining the effect of a culturally-sensitive family-based treatment for adolescents with a history of substance use.

About Me

Karina Gattamorta is a Research Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami. She earned her PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation in 2009 from The School of Education at UM and an EdS in School Psychology in 2005 from Florida International University. In her current role, she teaches courses in introductory and intermediate statistics, measurement, and research methods in both graduate and undergraduate programs. In 2013 she was awarded a Diversity Supplement that allowed her to expand on her interests tackling health disparities among Hispanic adolescents, and in particular, the interconnectedness of family functioning, mental health, and substance abuse. More recently, she began pursuing research interests examining the relationships between family functioning, mental health, substance abuse, and risky sexual behaviors in Hispanic lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents. Her current research examines the role of families and the coming out experiences of Hispanic sexual minorities. Her research aims to understand and ultimately help reduce health disparities in mental health, substance abuse, and HIV risk among sexual minorities.

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