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Carmen Alvarez, PhD, MSN, RN

Associate Professor
Carmen Alvarez
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Chronic Care
  • Community
  • Family
  • Mental Health
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Women's Health


Carmen Alvarez’s research focuses on the development and implementation of health promotion and risk reduction interventions primarily for underserved ethnic-minority women with a history of trauma—specifically adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and intimate partner violence (IPV). Dr. Alvarez’s research goals are to identify and better understand intervening variables in the relationship between ACEs/IPV and poor health to inform culturally tailored interventions for this population. Her most recent work—“Improving Psychosocial Well-Being among Immigrant Latina Survivors of ACEs”is supported by the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. Her BSN and MSN are from Emory University and her PhD is from the University of Michigan.

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  • Publications/Research

    Diaz-Ramos, N*., Alvarez, C*., & Debnam, K. (in press). Teen Dating Violence and the Acceptability of a Safety-Decision Aid: Perspectives from Puerto Rican Youth. Hispanic Health Care International.

    Alvarez, C., Hines, A.L., Carson, K.A., Ibe, C.A., Andrade, N., Marstellar, J.A., Cooper, L.A. (in press). The association of perceived stress and discrimination on medication adherence among diverse patients with uncontrolled hypertension. Ethnicity & Disease.

    Ibe, C.A., Alvarez, C., Carson, K.A., Marstellar, J.A., Crews, D.C., Dietz, K.B., et al. (in press). Social determinants of health as potential influencers of the delivery and receipt of a collaborative care intervention among patients with hypertension. Ethnicity & Disease.

    Andrade, N., Ford, A. D., & Alvarez, C. (2020). Discrimination and Latino health: a systematic review of risk and resilience. Hispanic Health Care International.

    Cooper, L.A*, Marsteller, J.A*, Carson, K.A, Dietz, K.B, Boonyasai. R.T, Alvarez C, et al. (2020). Trial design of the RICH LIFE Project: a cluster randomized pragmatic trial comparing the effectiveness of health system only vs. health system plus a collaborative/stepped care intervention to reduce hypertension disparities. American Heart Journal.

    Alvarez, C., Perrin, N., Lameiras-Fernandez, M., Rodriguez, R., & Glass, N. (2019). "Adverse childhood experiences among Latina women and its association with mastery of stress and health." Child Abuse & Neglect, 93, 139-148.

    Alvarez, C., Lameiras-Fernandez, M., Holliday, C., Sabri, B., & Campbell, J. (2018). "Latina and Caribbean immigrant women’s experiences with domestic violence: a story of ambivalent sexism." Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

    Alvarez, C., Debham, K., Clough, A., Alexander, K., & Glass, N. (2018). "Responding to intimate partner violence: current practices and opportunities for integrating a safety decision aid into primary care settings." Research in Nursing & Health, 41(2), 145-155.

  • Awards/Honors

    2020  National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Renewal

    2019  American Academy of Nursing Fellow

    2018  Isabel Hampton Award

    2017  SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellow

    2016  National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment

    2015  New Nurse Faculty Fellow, Maryland Higher Education Commission

    2013  Panelist for Institute of Medicine’s Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Lecture Series

    2011  New Investigator Award, University of Michigan, School of Nursing

    2011  Graduate Student Research Award, University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender

    2010  Ella E. McNeil Award, University of Michigan, School of Nursing

    2007  Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School

    2007  Silver Bowl Award, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

    2003  Fuld Fellowship, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing