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Carmen Alvarez, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant 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

    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,

    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.

    Alvarez C, Fedock G, Grace KT, Campbell J. (2016). "Provider Screening and Counseling for Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review of Practices and Influencing Factors." Trauma Violence Abuse. Mar 31. pii: 1524838016637080.

    Alvarez C, Greene J, Hibbard J, Overton V. (2016). "The role of primary care providers in patient activation and engagement in self-management: a cross-sectional analysis." BMC Health Serv Res. Mar 11;16:85.

    Alvarez C, Lantz P, Sharac J, Shin P. (2015). "Food insecurity, food assistance and health status in the U.S. community health center population." J Health Care Poor Underserved. Feb;26(1):82-91.