Ria's primary research has focused on health care of vulnerable populations, global health, maternal and child health, health disparities, and mental health outcomes. Her research has benefited from sociological and economic perspectives gained through training in an interdisciplinary program, and from six years of experience working in the private sector as a consultant to physicians associated with hospital systems. Prior to joining UAB, she worked for Medical Advantage Group in East Lansing, Michigan, where she served as a consultant and manager for a 200-member independent physician association and a 140-member physician-hospital organization.
Examines the relationships between stigma, trauma, and suicide attempts in a national sample of transgender women from the Dominican Republic.
Examines factors associated with lifetime major depressive disorder in racial and ethnic minorities residing in the United States, with an emphasis on the impact of nativity, discrimination, and health lifestyle behaviors.
Examines American Muslim women's contraception utilization patterns. Suggests that American Muslim women's contraception utilization patterns share certain similarities with both American women in general and disadvantaged racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States, implying that factors that influence American Muslim women's use of contraceptives are possibly countervailing and likely multifaceted.
Examines associations between stigma, trauma, and drug use in a national sample of transgender women from the Dominican Republic.
Evaluates the relationship between minority status, contextual factors, and lifetime Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Offers practical insight into environmental factors for clinicians caring for racial and ethnic minorities diagnoses with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Explores associations between internalized stigma, exposure to physical abuse, experiences with sexual abuse, and depression in Muslim women residing in the United States.
Assesses associations between their HIV knowledge, experienced stigma, and condom use across three partner types.