Journal of Clinical Research In HIV AIDS And Prevention

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Clinical Research In HIV AIDS And Prevention-Predictors of HIV Testing for Low-income Women of Color-Catherine Medina

United States

University of Connecticut, School of Social Work
West Hartford, Connecticut
Associate Professor
Director-Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Project
Chair - Macro practice area
Policy Practice Sequence

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Catherine Medina


School of Social Work
1798 Asylum Avenue, Room 345
West Hartford, CT 06117.

Research Interests:

  • Predictors of HIV Testing for Low-income Women of Color
  • Health/Mental Health Intervention Research
  • Integration of Mental Health Practices in After School Programs
  • Aging
  • Assessing Clinical Competencies in Field Education
  • Enhancing Cultural Competencies in Mental Health Policy/Practice


  • Catherine Medina, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies. Catherine teaches courses in casework practice, micro foundation theory and practice, social welfare policy, and health disparities among Latinos. 
  • Her areas of specialization include mental health services to Latin@ children and adolescents, social work practice with abused and neglected children, provision of culturally competent services, social work practice with Latin@ individuals and families, advising/mentoring, and recruitment and retention of Latino/as in social work programs.
  • Dr. Catherine Medina is the recipient of the faculty/staff award from the UConn Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC) for advancing the role and contributions of Latinos at UConn and the community.
  • Dr. Medina is a distinguished leader in social work education, who has made outstanding contributions to enhancing the lives of Latinos at UConn, in the State of Connecticut and nationally. 
  • She is widely recognized for her expertise on mental health and health services for Latin@ children and adolescents, social work practice with abused and neglected children, provision of culturally competent services, and social work practice with Latin@ individuals, families and communities. 
  • She is an active scholar involved in advising/mentoring, and recruiting and retaining of Latin@ in social work and other education programs. 
  • Dr. Medina’s professional accomplishments have focused on efforts to create positive social change and enhance the quality of life for people of color, with a focus on Latin@s, through education, research, professional service and public engagement.
  • Dean Salome Raheim stated in her nomination letter, “Dr. Medina is an educator of extraordinary ability and dedication who enriches our School and its graduate students, the profession and the population it serves. 
  • Her knowledge and commitment to be an outstanding teacher, leader, and scholar, with a focus on Latin@ populations and communities, has served to motivate our students to become champions of issues that affect Latin@ communities through social work practice and political advocacy.”