Contact Information

Assistant Professor of Clinical
University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health
M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing Education
5030 Brunson Drive
Miami, FL 33146

Office (305) 284-9069
Fax (305) 284-4249

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2012


Natalia Villegas Rodriguez, PhD, MSN, RN

Natalia Villegas Rodriguez, PhD, MSN, RN


Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
M.S. in Nursing, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
B.S. in Nursing, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Research Statement

Dr. Villegas is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Villegas completed a PhD in Nursing at the University of Miami. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is a Chilean Nurse Midwife and in the past she has worked on different clinical settings and research projects targeting Hispanic population. Her research interest lies in women’s health, STI and HIV prevention and the use of technology for prevention. Dr. Villegas has focused her research on the use of the internet to deliver a STI and HIV prevention intervention among young women.

About Me

Dr. Villegas holds 7 years of experience as a nurse, which has enhanced her skills and knowledge in research, teaching and patient care. In her previous jobs, Dr. Villegas had the opportunity to working as a bedside nurse and teach to nursing students. In addition, she has been part of research teams working with different populations in STI and HIV prevention, especially with women and Hispanics. Dr. Villegas has had a positive experience conducting and working in research with different Hispanic populations in the U.S. and in other countries (Chile). She is a bilingual nurse and is familiar with the culture and issues that Hispanics confront such as immigration, acculturation, gender roles, mental health issues (Dr. Villegas was raised in Chile and then came to the U.S.). This helped her understand several issues that Hispanics confront and to design prevention programs that can be attractive and interesting for this population. This experience in different areas of nursing care and research has led her to pursue a career as research scientist.

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