Tanya Nieri
Tanya Nieri

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor for Enrollment

BA Political Science 1992 Columbia University
MA Sociology 1998 Arizona State University
Ph.D. 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 social determinants of health, such as immigration policy and institutional and academic cultures; culturally grounded health interventions, such as those promoting ethnic-racial socialization in families to reduce impacts of discrimination and training parents in infant feeding to promote healthy growth; and substance use prevention and recovery promotion. She works primarily with families in and organizations serving Latinx communities. At the University of California Riverside, Tanya is affiliated with the Center for Health Disparities Research, UCR School of Medicine.


Nieri, T., & Hughes, E. (2021). Zumba instructor strategies: Constraining or liberating for women participants? Leisure Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2021.1881669

Ayón, C., Nieri, T., & Ruano, E. (2020). Ethnic-racial socialization among Latino families: A systematic review of the literature. Social Service Review, 94(4), 693-747. https://doi.org/10.1086/712413

Cheney, A., Nieri, T., Ramirez Zarate, A., Garcia, G., Vaca, L., Valencia, E., Versteeg, C., Molina, A., Castillo, M., & Tovar, A. (2020). Grow Well/Crecer Bien: A protocol for research on infant feeding practices in low-income families. BMC Public Health, 20(1431), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09471-1

Wang, C., Nieri, T., Ahn Do, K., & Llanes, E. (2020). Parenting factors and cultural values predicting substance use and aggression among Latino adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 2710-2721. doi: 10.1007/s10826-020-01776-4

Ayón, C., Nieri, T., & Gurrola, M. (2020). Latinx immigrant health and mental health. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Social Work. Oxford University Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1299

Toledo, M.A., Koochak, N., Gupta, A., Lopez, L., Nieri, T., & Curras-Collazo, M.C. (2020). Interactive, student-centered neuroscience workshops for sixth graders enhance science knowledge and education attitudes. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 18(2), A75-A82.


Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students Award, Sociology Department, UCR, 2021

Faculty Recognition, UCR Healthy Campus (for serving as co-lead of Substance Use and Addiction Sub-committee), UCR, 3/2019

Winner, Healthy Campus Initiative Faculty Challenge (for promoting campus health), UCR, 5/2018

Pillars Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the University Fraternity and Sorority Community, given by Delta Gamma Sorority, UCR, 5/2017

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