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.


Nieri, T., Ayón, C. Yoo, M., & Webb, M. (In press). Ethnic-racial socialization as a moderator of the relation of perceived ethnic discrimination to substance use among ethnic minority adolescents. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

Toledo, M.A., Koochak, N., Gupta, A., Lopez, L., Nieri, T., & Curras-CollazoM.C. (In press). Interactive, student-centered neuroscience workshops for sixth graders enhance science knowledge and education attitudes. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. 21 pages.

Ayón, C., Tran, A., & Nieri, T. (2019). Ethnic-racial socialization practices among Latino immigrant families: A latent profile analysis. Family Relations, 68, 246-259. doi: 10.1111/fare.12356

Cheney, A. M., Nieri, T., Davis, E., Prolongo, J., Valencia, E., Anderson, T. A., Widaman, K., & Sullivan, G. (2019). Social and cultural processes informing Latina mothers’ infant and child feeding practices. Global Health Nursing Research, 6, 1-11. doi: 10.1177/2333393618825253


Received an award for elevating health and well-being at UC Riverside.

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

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