Tanya Nieri
Tanya Nieri

Associate Professor

BA Political Science 1992 Columbia University
MA Sociology 1998 Arizona State University
PhD Sociology 2007 Arizona State University

Office: 1216 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-5854
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: tanya.nieri@ucr.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Tanya’s research interests include causes and consequences of acculturation, particularly among immigrant families and youths; youth problem behaviors, particularly substance use and violence; the role of culture in health and health disparities; and community-based prevention and health promotion interventions. Her research tends to focus on Latinos, particularly those of Mexican-heritage in the United States. At UCR, Tanya is affiliated with the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, School of Public Policy and the Center for Healthy Communities, School of Medicine.


Distinguished Teaching Award, Fraternity and Sorority Involvement Center, UCR, 5/2015

Leadership and Empowerment Award, Sisters in Strength (campus student organization), UCR, 5/2014

Special Recognition, Faculty Mentor, Undergraduate Research in the Community Program, UCR, 4/2013

Faculty Mentor of the Year, University Honors Program, UCR, 5/2013


Nieri, T., & Hughes, E. (In press). All about having fun: Women’s experience of Zumba fitness. Sociology of Sport Journal, 33(2). doi: 10.1123/ssj.2015-0071

Nieri, T., Grindal, M., Adams, M.A., Cookston, J., Fabricius, W., Parke, R., & Saenz, D. (2016). Reconsidering the “acculturation gap” narrative through an analysis of parent-adolescent acculturation differences and youth problem behavior in Mexican American families. Journal of Family Issues, 37(14). doi: 10.1177/0192513X14551175

Grindal, M., & Nieri, T. (2015). The relationship between ethnic-racial socialization and adolescent substance use: An examination of social learning as a causal mechanism. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 37 pages. doi: 10.1080/15332640/2014.993785

Grindal, M., & Nieri, T. (2015). An examination of ethnic identity and academic performance: Assessing the multidimensional role of parental ethnic-racial socialization among a sample of Latino adolescents. Race and Social Problems, 7(3), 242-255. doi: 10/1007/s12552-015-9154-5

Nieri, T., Apkarian, J., Marsiglia, F.F., & Kulis, S.S. (2015). Effects of a youth substance use prevention program on stealing, fighting, and weapon use. Journal of Primary Prevention, 36(1), 41-49. doi: 10.1007/s10935-014-0373-0. PMC4289019.

Nieri, T., & Bermudez-Parsai, M. (2014). Gap or overlap? Parent-child acculturation differences in Mexican immigrant families. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 36(4), 413-434. doi: 10.1177/0739986314552047

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