Dharma Cortés, PhD
A native from Puerto Rico, Dr. Cortés received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Doctorate degree in Sociology from Fordham University. She also completed post-doctoral training in Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine. For more than twenty years Dr. Cortés has been conducting community-based research with Latinos in the U.S., focusing on acculturation, health, mental health, and access to healthcare. Dr. Cortés has made major contributions to the understanding of the process of acculturation, cultural, language, and literacy issues among Latinos in the United States through several of her publications and research activities. She has been principal investigator, co-investigator and consultant to numerous studies on the delivery of health care services funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Robert Wood-Johnson Foundation, among others. They have included projects designed to uncover barriers to care, cultural issues affecting effective delivery of health care services, health, obesity prevention as well as organizational aspects affecting the delivery of services to culturally diverse populations, among others.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Cortés, D.E., Millán-Ferro, A., Schneider, K., Vega, R.R., and Caballero, A.E. (2013). Improving food purchasing selection among low-income, Spanish-speaking Latinos. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(3S3), S267-S273.
Cortés, D.E., Réategui-Sharpe, L. Spiro, A., and García, R.I. (2012). Factors affecting children’s oral health: Perceptions among Latino parents. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 72(1), 82-89.
Meléndez, M., Cortés, D.E., and Amaro, H. (2012). Acceptability and cultural fit of Spiritual Self-Schema Therapy for Puerto Rican women with addiction disorders: Qualitative Findings. Women and Therapy, 35, 106-119.
Maxwell, J., Cortés, D.E., Schneider, K.L., Graves, A., and Rosman, B. (2011). Massachusetts’ health care reform increased access to care for Hispanics, but disparities remain. Health Affairs, 30, 1451-1460.
Cortés, D.E., Drainoni, M.L., Henault, L.E. and Paasche-Orlow, M.K. (2010). How to achieve informed consent forr from Spanish-Speaking individuals with low literacy: A qualitative report. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 15( Suppl 2), 172 – 182.
Cortés, D.E., Mulvaney-Day, N., Fortuna, L., Reinfeld, S., & Alegría, M. (2009). Patient/provider communication: Understanding the role of patient activation for Latinos in mental health treatment. Health Education & Behavior, 36(1), 138-154.