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Karen Nieves-Lugo

Email: nieveskaren@email.gwu.edu


EDUCATION


June 2011

PhD – Psychology

Advisor: Jose Toro-Alfonso, PhD

Hector Colón-Jordan, PhD

Blanca Ortiz, PhD

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

June 2005

MPH – Biostatistics

Advisor: Erick L. Suarez Perez, PhD

Ana P. Ortiz Martinez, PhD



University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

June 2003

BS – Microbiology

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus


WORK EXPERIENCE


2014 – Present

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Latino Health Research Center, George Washington University

2013-2014

Instructor, Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez (SUAGM), Maryland

2013 – 2014

Research Assistant Professor, Latino Health Research Center, George Washington University

2010 – 2011

Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Study Titled: Commitment, Vigor and Dedication: Work and professional career

Research Team: Israel Sanchez-Cardona, Karen Nieves-Lugo, PhD(c), Ramon Rodriguez-Montalban, , Frances Torres-Oquendo, Elliot Acevedo- Soto & Jose Toro-Alfonso, PhD.

2009 – 2011

Dissertation project

Study Titled: For a Lifetime: Health Belief Model and adherence to HIV treatment

Advisor: Jose Toro-Alfonso, PhD

Research Team: Karen Nieves-Lugo, MPH, Hector Colon, PhD & Blanca Ortiz, PhD


2008 – 2011

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Study Titled: Dreaming for VISA: Dominican Migration to Puerto Rico

Research Team: Toro-Alfonso, PhD, Mabel Lopez, PhD & Karen Nieves-Lugo, MPH


2008

Research Practice Course, Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico

Study Titled: Ethnographic study of normative gender beliefs and sexuality in heterosexual men

Advisor: Blanca Ortiz, PhD,

Research team: Karen Nieves-Lugo, MPH, Frances M. Torres-Oquendo, Coral Rosado, Nicole Velez, Bexaida Diaz & Coral Cotto

2007 – 2008

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Study Titled: Eating Disorder and Body Image in College Men Project

Research Team: Jose Toro-Alfonso, PhD, Nestor Borrero & Karen Nieves-Lugo, MPH

2005 – 2007

Biostatistician Contract, Univesidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico

2005 – 2006

Specialist in Clinical and Scientific Research Assistant Contract, Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

Study Titled: Epidemiology of Hepatitis C Infection in the Household Population of Puerto Rico

Research Team: Cynthia Perez, PhD, Erick Suarez, PhD,


2004 – 2005

Research Assistant, Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

Study titled: Epidemiology of Prostate Cancer

Research Team: Rodolfo Vargas, PhD & Karen Nieves-Lugo


TEACHING EXPERIENCE


2009

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus Department of Psychology

Teaching Psychology Course Practice

Advisor: Irma Serrano-Garcia, PhD


2005 – 2007

Universidad Central del Caribe, Physiology Department, Puerto Rico

Biostatistics Course (BMS – 861A - Graduate)





PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION SERVICES


2009 – 2010

Health Psychology Group Coordinator, Puerto Rico Psychological Association

2008 – 2010

Psychological Association for the Research Promotion (APPIE), University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico - Health Psychology Group Coordinator

2004 – 2005

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Association, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science, Puerto Rico- activities coordinator, Students’ Epidemiology and Biostatistics Association


PUBLICATIONS
Chapters
Nieves-Lugo, K., Rohrbeck, C. A., Nakamura, N. & Zea, M.C. (In Press). Interventions with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities. In M. Bond & I. Serrano-Garcia (Eds.), Handbook of Community Psychology. American Psychological Association 
Nieves-Lugo, K. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2012). Challenges to antiretroviral adherence: a description of health belief, social support, and gender roles in a sample of non-adherent men living with HIV in Puerto Rico. In C. H., Cirilo, R. Ballester-Anal & J. A. Piña-López (Eds.). Chronic Diseases and Medication-Adherence Behaviors: Psychological Research in Ibero-America. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Peer-reviewed Journal
Nieves-Lugo, K (2012). Transgressing the rule: Hormone therapy in transgender people. Revista ProMujeres.[In Spanish].
Toro-Alfonso, J., López Ortiz, M. & Nieves-Lugo, K. (2012). Migrant Sexualities: The immigration of Dominican gay men. Caribbean Studies. 40(1), 59-80. [In Spanish].
López Ortiz, M., Toro-Alfonso, J. & Nieves-Lugo, K. (2012). Reflections on the migration of Dominicans gay men: A view from the oppression. Analisis, 13(1), 67-74. .[In Spanish].

Sánchez-Cardona, I., Rodríguez-Montalbán, R., Acevedo-Soto, E., Nieves-Lugo, K. Torres-Oquendo, F., & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2012). Self-efficacy and openness to experience as antecedent of study engagement: An exploratory analysis. Procedia Social and Behavioral Science, 46, 2163-2167.


Nieves Lugo, K., Sánchez Cardona, I., & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2011). Health at the reach of your finger: The use of technology for Health Care. Universia. http://noticias.universia.pr/ciencia-nn-tt/noticia/2011/01/13/778714/salud-alcance-dedos-uso-tecnologia-cuidado-salud.html. [In Spanish].

Toro-Alfonso, J., Nieves, K., & Borrero, N. (2010). Body and Masculinity: Eating disorders in men. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 44(2), 225-234.  [In Spanish].


Calo W. A., Quintana, R., Catoni, I., Valle, Y., Álvarez, J. J., Colón, W. M., Delgado, M.S., Estrella, M. González, A., Kallis, M., Marrero, V. M., Meléndez, L, Miranda, A. I, Nieves, K., Osorio, L., Rodríguez, J. E., Torres, A., Suárez, E. & Ortiz, A. P. (2009). Clinical conditions associated with environmental exposures: an epidemiologic study in two communities in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. Puerto Health Science Journal. 28(2), 126-134.
Toro-Alfonso, J., Borrero-Bracero, N. & Nieves, K. (2008) Exclusion university style: Homophobia at the University of Puerto Rico. Revista Análisis IX, 247-273. [In Spanish].
Rojas, L. & Nieves, K., Suarez, E., Ortiz, A.P., Rivera, A. and Romaguera, J. (2008) Thyrotropin and follicle stimulating hormone status in Hispanic women during the menopause transition. Ethnicity & Disease Journal. 18, 230-234
Presentations
Nieves-Lugo, K., Sorkin, J, Hoffman, H. Tate, J., Brown, T., Crothers, K., Crystal, S., Butt, A., Rodriguez-Barradas, M., Freiberg, M., Justice, A., Zea , M. C., Oursler, K. (2014, October). Effect of chronic pulmonary lung disease on the decline in physical function in HIV infected and uninfected veterans in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. Presented in the 5th International Workshop on HIV & Aging, Baltimore, Maryland.
Zea, M. C., Nieves, K., & LHRC (2013, August). Sexual exile among gay and bisexual Latino immigrants in New York City. Invited presentation at the Borders and Barriers Conference: Assessing Latino immigrant experiences of health, healthcare, and HIV services in the United States. Presented in the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), Medical College of Wisconsin.
Sánchez-Cardona, I., Rodríguez-Montalbán, R., Acevedo-Soto, E., Nieves-Lugo, K. Torres-Oquendo, F., & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2012, February). Self-efficacy and openness to experience as antecedent of study engagement: An exploratory analysis. Presented in the 4th World Conference on Educational Sciences, Barcelona, España. [In Spanish].
Torres-Oquendo, F., Sánchez-Cardona, I., Acevedo-Soto, E., Nieves-Lugo, K., Rodríguez-Montalbán, R., & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2011, junio). Exploring academic experiences: Self-Efficacy and study engagement. Presented in the XXXIII Congress of the InterAmerican Society of Psychology, Medellín, Colombia. [In Spanish].
Nieves-Lugo, K., Toro-Alfonso, J. & Lopez-Ortiz, M. (2010, October). Exploring the phenomenon of Dominican migration: Project visa to a dream. Presented in the 3th Psychological Student Research Conference. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Cuevas-Torres, M, Nieves-Lugo, K., Pagán-Riestra, R. Sánchez-Cardona, I., Torres-Oquendo F., Baez, Y., Díaz, M., Enríquez, Y. y Parillas P. (2010, October). Critical reflection on the psychological approach in human health. Presented in the 3th Psychological Student Research Conference. [In Spanish].
Toro-Alfonso, J., López-Ortiz, M. & Nieves-Lugo, K. (2010, April). Visa for a Dream: Dominican Men Migration. Presented in the 1st Qualitative Researcher of Puerto Rico Conference , San Juan, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Sánchez-Cardona, I., Rodríguez-Montalbán, R., Nieves-Lugo, K., Torres-Oquendo, F., Acevedo-Soto, E., & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2011, marzo). Being engaged at work and studies: It is possible? Preliminary Analisis. Presented in the 1st Puerto Rico Industrial and Organizational Psychology Congress, Ponce, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Toro-Alfonso, T., López-Ortiz, M., Nieves-Lugo, K. (2010, Febrero). Research workshop for voluntary students of the Dreaming for VISA: Dominican gay migration to Puerto Rico Project. Presented in the Social Sciences Research Center, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Toro-Alfonso, J. & Nieves-Lugo, K. (2009, November). Desire Body: Body image and eating disorders in college gay men. Presented in the 56th Puerto Rico Psychological Association Anual Convention, Ponce, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Toro-Alfonso, J., López-Ortiz, M. & Nieves-Lugo, K. (2009, November). Visa for a Dream: Confronting homophobia and xenophobia for social transformation. Presented in the 56th Puerto Rico Psychological Association Annual Convention, Ponce, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Toro-Alfonso, T., López-Ortiz, M., & Nieves, K. (2009, November). Looking for a visa: Dominican gay men migration. Presented in the Social Work Council Conference, in San Antonio, Texas.
Toro-Alfonso, T., López-Ortiz, M., & Nieves, K. (2009, June). Dream for a VISA: the homosexual migration to the Caribbean. Presented at XXXII Congress of the InterAmerican Society of Psychology, Guatemala. [In Spanish].
Toro-Alfonso, J., Nieves-Lugo, K. & Borrero-Bracero, N. (2009, June). Body image, masculinity and desire: eating disorder in Young men. Presented at the XXXII Congress of the InterAmerican Society of Psychology, Guatemala. [In Spanish].
Borrero, N., Nieves-Lugo, K. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2008, November). Sexual pleasure and desire in men who have sex with men in Puerto Rico. Presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Annual Meeting: The Cultural Dimensions of Sexuality, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Toro-Alfonso, J., Nieves-Lugo, K. & Borrero-Bracero, N. (2008, November). Masculinity and Body Image: Indicator of Eating Disorder among Young Men. Presented at the Social Science Research Center, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Toro-Alfonso, J., Nieves-Lugo, K. & Borrero-Bracero, N. (2008, October) Exploring body image and eating disorders from the masculinity of a sample of college students. Presented at the 55th Puerto Rico Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Borrero, N., Nieves-Lugo, K. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2008, May). Gender roles and health from the masculinity of men who have sex with men. Presented at the III Iberoamerican Congress on Qualitative Health Research, San Juan, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].

Nieves-Lugo, K., Torres-Oquendo, F., Vélez N., Díaz, B. & Cotto, C. (2008, April). Adaptation of the community popular opinion leaders model to transform gender norms and sexual practices among Puerto Rican men. Presented at the 1st Research Conference of Psychological Student, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].


Toro-Alfonso, J., Borrero-Bracero, N. & Nieves-Lugo, K. (2007, December). Weight Loss Masculinity : Eating disorders in young men. Presented at the 54th Puerto Rico Psychological Association Annual Convention, Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Rodríguez AI., Nieves-Lugo, K., Cosme-Archilla Y., Cintrón-Alicea M. and Rojas LV. (2006, December). Prevalence of thyroid nodules and Cysts in a young Puerto Rican selected group using ultrasonography. Presented at the Research Center in Minority Institution symposium of Health Disparities. San Juan PR.
Álvarez, J., Calo, W., Catoni, I., Colón, W., Delgado, M., Estrella, M., González, A., Kallis, M., Marrero, V., Meléndez, L., Miranda, A., Nieves, K., Ortiz, A., Osorio, L., Quintana, R., Rodríguez, J., Suarez, E., Torres, A., & Valle, Y. (2006, November). Clinical conditions associated with environmental exposures: An epidemiologic study in two communities in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. Presented at the 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition of APHA in Boston, MA.
Poster presentation:
Nieves-Lugo, K. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (August, 2011). A description of Health Beliefs, Social Support, Stress and Depression in the Adherence Behavior in a sample of men living with HIV in Puerto Rico. Poster to be presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Division 51 in Washington, DC.
Nieves-Lugo, K, Acevedo-Soto, E. Sanchez-Cardona, I., Rodriguez-Montalban, R, Torres-Oquendo, F. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (May, 2011). Personal resources as an antecedent of work engagement: The role of self-efficacy. Poster to be presented at the Work, Stress, and Health 2011: Work and Well-Being in an Economic Context Conference at Orlando, Florida.
Sanchez-Cardona, I., Nieves-Lugo, K., Rodriguez-Montalban, R, Torres-Oquendo, F., Acevedo-Soto, E. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (May, 2011). On becoming engaged: Exploring the relationship between study engagement and work engagement. Poster to be presented at the Work, Stress, and Health 2011: Work and Well-Being in an Economic Context Conference at Orlando, Florida.
Rodriguez -Montalban, L., Sanchez Cardona, I., Nieves, K., Torres, F., Acevedo, E. & Toro Alfonso, J. (Mayo, 2011). Being engaged at work and studies… Is that possible? Poster presented in 15th Conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Maastricht, Holanda.
Nieves-Lugo, K., Sanchez-Cardona, I &Toro-Alfonso, J. (November, 2010). Health at the reach of your finger: The use of technology for Health Care. Poster presented in 57th Puerto Rico Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Nieves-Lugo, K., Toro-Alfonso, J., & Torres-Oquendo, F. (June, 2009). Treatment and HIV: Emotions to maintain health. Poster presented in XXXII Congress of the InterAmerican Society of Psychology, Guatemla. [In Spanish].
Torres Oquendo, F., Toro-Alfonso, J., Nieves-Lugo, K. & Borrero-Bracero, N. (2009, June). Voluptuous body? Body image and sexuality in women. Poster presented in XXXII Congress of the InterAmerican Society of Psychology, Guatemala. [In Spanish].

Rojas, LV., Nieves, K., Céspedes, K., Suarez E., Ortiz, AP. and Romaguera, J. (2006, December) Prevalence of nodules and cyst in a medicine student sample. Poster presented at Research Center in Minority Institution symposium in Health Disparities section, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Rojas, LV., Nieves, K., Céspedes, K., Suarez E., Ortiz, AP. and Romaguera, J. (2006, December) Thyrotropin in healthy Hispanic women in Puerto Rico in pre- and post-Menopausal States. Poster presented at Research Center in Minority Institution symposium in Health Disparities section
Dissertation and Thesis
Nieves-Lugo, K. (2011). For a Lifetime: Health Belief Model and adherence to HIV treatment. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://udini.proquest.com/view/para-toda-la-vida-modelo-de-pqid:2335229421. [In Spanish].
Alvarez, J., Calo, W., Catoni,I., Colon, W., Delgado, M., Estrella, M., Gonzalez, A., Kallis, M., Marrero, V., Melendez, L., Miranda, A., Nieves, K., Ortiz, A., Osorio, L., Quintana, R., Rodriguez, J., Suarez, E., Torres, A., & Valle, Y. (2005). Clinical conditions associated with environmental exposures: An epidemiologic study in two communities in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. (Unpublished Master Thesis). University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Invited Presentation
Torres-Oquendo, F., Nieves-Lugo, K. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2010, October). The body and discourses: Lipodystrophy and body image in people living with HIV. Master conference presented in the 3th Psychological Student Research Conference. [In Spanish].
Nieves-Lugo, K. (2010, March). How to use SPSS? Presented in a Computer Centre in Social Science building, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Nieves, K. (2009, September). Quantitative Method in Research. Presented in a Social Work Methods Course. University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
Nieves-Lugo, K. (2006, January). Statistics: A useful tool in research. Presented to the Faculty and Student at Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon Puerto Rico. [In Spanish].
MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

DC D-CFAR: The District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research


AGS: The American Geriatric Society

APA: American Psychological Association

Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging)

Division 51 (Men & Masculinity)

Division 38 (Health Psychology)

Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues)


IPS: Inter-American Society of Psychology
IPS: Interamerican Psychological Association
In Puerto Rico
APPR: Puerto Rico Psychological Association

HONORS


  • Dissertation Grant, from the Graduate Studies and Research Dean’s Office, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

  • Research Fellowship, from the Graduate Studies and Research Dean’s Office, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

  • Outstanding Student Certificate of Biostatistics Program, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, School of Public Health

  • Graduate Assistantship for Teaching and Research from the Academic Dean’s Office, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, School of Public Health

  • Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor degree, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

  • Honor Roll Student in the Arts and Sciences College, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

  • Early admission Student, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

  • National Golden Key Member Honor Society

  •  Biology Honor Society Zeta – Honor Society





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