Yolanda C. Padilla

Core FacultyPh.D., University of Michigan

Yolanda C. Padilla



Dr. Padilla's area of interest is in social inequality and her areas of social work practice specialization are in policy analysis and community practice.

She conducts population studies on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health with an emphasis on the Mexican American population. Padilla and colleagues have concentrated their recent efforts on an NIH-supported study of the impact on Mexican American child health and development of their living conditions, in particular, parental access to resources. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, they have examined factors affecting the quality of life of Mexican American children during early childhood. Their descriptive profile of the living conditions of one of the most disadvantaged subgroups of Mexican American children, children of immigrants in unmarried families, documented the minimal resources of these children. Results of this study have been published in Social Science Quarterly and the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. A second paper showed that Mexican American children have lower rates of health insurance and lower health care utilization, and that the group most disadvantaged is children of foreign born mothers. Results appear in the 2006 Special Issue on Ethnicity of the Social Science Quarterly.

In her work on community and policy practice she has focused on issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender populations. She edited a special issue of the journal Community Practice on community-based strategies for gay rights organizing currently being implemented in local communities. Her psychosocial analysis of practice guidelines, titled "Psychosocial Support for Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People" (coauthored with Cohen and Aravena) is included in the new book, Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice (Columbia University Press, 2006).

Dr. Padilla's areas of interest are population studies focusing on racial and ethnic disparities in health and well-being with an emphasis on Mexican American children and families, poverty, immigration, and applications to social welfare policy development. Her areas of practice specialization are policy analysis and community practice.

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