Cristina Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor and Research Director, UConn Health, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Cristina Wilson, Ph.D., (publishes as Mogro-Wilson) is an Associate Professor and Research Director at the UConn Health, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities ( and a faculty member in the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project.

Cristina is a recognized scholar and expert in health disparities with Latino families. Her research has made substantial contributions to improving Latino families by identifying modifiable factors associated with substance use and parenting in Latino populations. Cristina has added to the knowledge on what makes individuals and family units more effective at prevention of substance use, and what protects individuals and families that are at-risk. Her work informs culturally responsive practice and education regarding under-studied ethnic and racial minority populations. Her most recent work focuses on engaging Latino fathers. Cristina is the Research Director at the UCEDD where she can convey her passion for working with vulnerable communities and families, and take on the challenge of providing services that are culturally competent, family centered, and evidence based.

Cristina teaches masters level courses in research methods and program evaluation and teaches in the doctoral program (Multivariate Statistics I and II and Mixed Methods). She recently received, as co-PI with Dr. Bruder of UConn Health, two five-year grants totaling over $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education (OSEP) to train students at the MSW and PhD levels to focus on children with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations.

Research Interests

Latino families and parenting in at risk environments
Substance use for Latino youth and adults
Intervention and prevention programs for substance use
Teen pregnancy prevention
Fathers in the Latino community
Family mechanisms and factors that play a role in at risk behaviors
Children, youth, and adults with disabilities

Curriculum Vitae

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