Romero’s public health research interests include social welfare policies related to the health of individuals, including Latinx, African American, immigrant, poor and low-income populations; community-engaged research pertaining to health care access among underserved populations; and maternal, reproductive and sexual health and policy. Romero's research projects include analysis of provision of reproductive health services in primary care settings; evaluation of physician advocacy training for abortion care; safety-net health care utilization among uninsured immigrants and impact of the closure of a long-standing safety-net hospital; large-scale, in-depth interview data collection on adults’ family formation attitudes and behaviors; and, integration of reproductive health services in primary health care settings. Romero directs the specialization in Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH).
Demonstrates how the current welfare family-cap policy is a continuation of the history of reproductive rights violations of poor women. Moreover, the continuation of this policy despite evidence that it has not been effective, is indicative of its use as a punitive measure against poor women and families.
Evaluates the association of chronic child illness with parental employment among individuals who have had contact with the welfare system.