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Violeta J Rodriguez

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Graduate Student
Clinical Program

University of Georgia, Master of Science: Psychology

University of Miami, Master of Science in Education: Research, Measurement, and Evaluation

Florida International University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


Selected Publications:

Rodriguez, V.J., Chahine, A., Alcaide, M.L., Lee, T.K., Hurwitz, B., Sawhney, M., Weiss, Jones, D.L., and Kumar, M. (in press). The contribution of syndemic conditions to cardiovascular disease risk. AIDS Care.

Seddon, J.A., Rodriguez, V.J., Provencher, Y., Raftery-Helmer, J., Hersh, J., Labelle, P., and Thomassin, K. A. (in press). Meta-analysis of the Effectiveness of the Trier Social Stress Test in Eliciting Physiological Stress Responses in Children and Adolescents. Psychoneuroendocrinology

Radusky, P., Rodriguez, V.J., Kumar, M., and Jones, D.L. (November, 2019). Differential item functioning by HIV status and sexual orientation of the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale: An item response theory analysis. Assessment. PMID: 31718240.

Alcaide, M.L., Rodriguez, V.J., Abbamonte, J., Ramlagan, S., Sifunda, S., Weiss, S.M., Peltzer, K., and Jones, D.L. (October, 2019). Maternal Factors Associated with Infant Neurodevelopment in HIV-Exposed Uninfected Infants. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 6(10), ofz351.

Rodriguez, V.J., Shaffer, A., Are, F., Madden, A., Jones, D.L., and Kumar, M. (August, 2019). Identification of differential item functioning by race and ethnicity in the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire. Child Abuse and Neglect, 94(104030) 31181398.

Rodriguez, V.J., Chahine, A., de la Rosa, A., Lee, T.K., Cristofari, N.V., Jones, D.L., Zulu, R., Chitalu, N., and Weiss, S.M. (May, 2019). Identifying factors associated with successful implementation and uptake of an evidence-based voluntary medical male circumcision program in Zambia: The Spear and Shield 2 Program. Translational Behavioral Medicine PMID: 31093661. 

Rodriguez, V.J., Shaffer, A., Lee, T.K. Peltzer, K., and Jones, D.L. (December, 2018). Psychological and Physical Intimate Partner Violence and Maternal Depressive Symptoms during the Pre- and Post-Partum Period among Women Living with HIV in rural South Africa. Journal of Family Violence.

Rodriguez, V.J., Peltzer, K., Matseke, G., and Jones, D.L. (May, 2018). Pre- and postnatal exposure to intimate partner violence among South African HIV-infected mothers and infant developmental functioning at 12-months of age. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 21(6), 707-713. PMID: 29796967. 

Rodriguez, V.J., Mandell, L., Babayigit, S., Manohar, R., Weiss, S.M., and Jones, D.L. (May, 2018). Correlates of Suicidal Ideation During Pregnancy and Postpartum among Women Living with HIV in Rural South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 22(10), 3188-3197. PMID: 29752621.

Rodriguez, V.J., Sued, O., Cecchini, D., *Mandell, L., Bofill, L. M., Weiss, S.M., Cassetti, I., Cahn, P., and Jones, D.L. (April, 2018). Suicidality among nonadherent patients living with HIV in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Prevalence and correlates. AIDS Care. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1458974. PMID: 29607661.

Rodriguez, V.J., Matseke, G., Cook, R., Bellinger, S., Weiss, S.M., Alcaide, M.L., Peltzer, K., Patton, D., Lopez, M., and Jones, D.L. (October, 2017). Infant Development and Pre-and Post-partum Depression in Rural South African HIV-Infected Women. AIDS and Behavior 22:1766–1774. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-017-1925-0. PMID: 28986652. 

Rodriguez, V.J., Chisembele, M., Jones, D.L., Cook, R., Weiss, S.M., and Alcaide, M.L. (August, 2017). Influencing the Importance of Health, Partners, and Hygiene Among Zambian Women. International Journal of STDs and AIDS, 29(3), 259-265. DOI: 10.1177/0956462417723546. PMID: 28764612.

Rodriguez, V.J., Cook, R., Peltzer K, Jones D. (September, 2016). Prevalence and Psychosocial Correlates of Suicidality among Pregnant HIV Positive Women in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. AIDS Care. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1238442. PMID: 27690544.

Of note:

Violeta J. Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at University of Georgia. Violeta is currently a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (2018-2021), a prestigious fellowship managed by the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering, and was awarded the PEO Scholar Award for the 2021-22 academic year. Violeta’s research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts (74; 19 first author), with several others under review. Broadly, her research at the University of Georgia has focused on the psychometrics of parenting and family constructs, with an emphasis on making parenting and family measures more representative of diverse families. Her research at the University of Georgia has been recognized by the Psychological Association Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) Student Achievement Award in Research, as well as the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship. Violeta’s dissertation will focus on revising and validating the Multidimensional Assessment of Parenting Scale in a racially and ethnically diverse national sample. After graduation, Violeta plans to continue this line of research in a university setting.

Articles Featuring Violeta J Rodriguez
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 11:45am

Huge shout out to 5th year clinical psychology doctoral student Violeta Rodriguez who was featured as one of the up-and-coming voices in methodology and research practices in psychological science!

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 11:37am

Huge congratulations to UGA clinical psychology doctoral candidate Violeta Rodriguez on receiving R36 funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)! The Mental Health Research…

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 2:13pm

Congratulations to Violeta Rodriguez on her receipt of a P.E.O. Scholar Award! As recognition of her many research accomplishments, this award is given to women in doctoral programs in the US and Canada by the Philanthropic Educational Organization.

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:50pm

Congratulations to these four UGA Psychology graduate students who are recipients of 2021 Summer Research Grants from the Graduate School:

  • Christina Leckfor
  • Violeta Rodriguez
  • Heidi Sarles-Whittlesey
  • Hayley Trainer
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 4:03pm

Many congratulations to clinical graduate student Violeta Rodriguez who has received the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 2020 Early Stage Graduate Student Achievement Award for Research! Violeta received this award based on her innovative…

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