Contact Information

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor,
Sociology Department Collaborating Faculty,
Center for Healthy Communities,
School of Medicine
University of California at Riverside,
Watkins 1216, Riverside, CA 92521-0419
United States of America

Office (951) 827-5854
Fax (951) 827-3330

  • Health Sciences
  • Sociology
Research Keywords
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Statistics
  • Cultural identity (acculturation
  • ethnic identity)
  • Research methodology
  • Prevention interventions and health promotion
  • Criminology
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2006


Tanya Nieri, Ph.D.

Tanya Nieri, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.A., Arizona State University
B.A., Columbia University

About Me

After working several years in non-profit human service organizations, I realized that I wanted not only to be able to decide what programs and policies should be implemented to address social problems but also to be able to assess whether they were effective. To do that, I needed research skills and the authority (i.e., credential) to ask and answer research questions. The doctorate gave me those things. 

Research Statement

Tanya's research interests include causes and consequences of acculturation, particularly among immigrant families and youths; youth problem behaviors, particularly substance use and violence; the role of culture in health and health disparities; and community-based prevention and health promotion interventions. Her research tends to focus on Latinos, particularly those of Mexican-heritage in the United States. Her recent research examines (1) the role of Zumba, Latin-inspired dance-fitness, in addressing health disparities in fitness and preventive health and (2) feeding styles and practices that relate to infant growth and obesity in low-income Latino families.

Research Interests in the following areas:
Acculturation and Ethnic identity
Substance use
Prevention interventions
Mexicans and Mexican Americans
School effects

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