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Ligia Chavez

Faculty RankAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Puerto Rico
DepartmentBehavioral Sciences Research Institute
AddressUPR-Medical Sciences Campus, Behavioral Sciences Research Institute
Behavioral Sciences
San Juan PR 936
Phone7877582525 Ext:1941
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    Ligia Chavez, Ph.D. is a Social Experimental Psychologist with experience in methodological, psychometric and multi-site research. At present she is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Behavioral Sciences Research Institute. Her interests include: adapting instruments for use among diverse Latino populations; health services research methods, quality of life, and cross-cultural comparisons. Dr. Chavez was the Principal Investigator (PI) of an SC1 NIH-NIGMS SCORE grant titled “Cultural Development of an Adolescent Mental Health Quality of Life Instrument” (SC1 HD060888) and is the current PI of a renewal SC1 (GM109326). My recent experience includes being the Career Development Seminar Coordinator for the Post-doctoral Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research Program (MSc) (R25 MD007607). Dr. Chavez was the Training Core Co-Director of the UPR-CHA Research Center of Excellence (P60 MD002261) and the Director of the UPR training component to the Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities (CERED) for Latinos, a supplement to the P60 parent grant. Throughout her career she has worked on the development, implementation and management of complex data for collaborative research across multiple sites. For the past couple of years she has been working on the implementation of an asthma self-management intervention through a Pilot Randomized Control Trial, to be tested in urban school setting in both Rhode Island and Puerto Rico (R21 HD074855); as well as being involved as a co-investigator on the International Latino Research Partnership collaborative grant (R01 DA034952), with sites in Boston, Madrid and Barcelona. This work has resulted in the improvement of the reliability and content validity of several instruments, the development of a toolkit on the methodology of translation and adaption, and the publication of various articles in the area of child and adult mental health, psychometrics and minority disparities research.

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    1. Carmona R, Cook BL, Baca-García E, Chavez L, Alvarez K, Iza M, Alegría M. Comparison of Mental Health Treatment Adequacy and Costs in Public Hospitals in Boston and Madrid. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2019 07; 46(3):464-474. PMID: 29516339.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Alegría M, Falgas-Bague I, Collazos F, Carmona Camacho R, Lapatin Markle S, Wang Y, Baca-García E, Lê Cook B, Chavez LM, Fortuna L, Herrera L, Qureshi A, Ramos Z, González C, Aroca P, Albarracín García L, Cellerino L, Villar A, Ali N, Mueser KT, Shrout PE. Evaluation of the Integrated Intervention for Dual Problems and Early Action Among Latino Immigrants With Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Misuse Symptoms: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 01 04; 2(1):e186927. PMID: 30646205.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    3. Collazos F, Markle SL, Chavez L, Brugal MT, Aroca P, Wang Y, Hussain I, Alegría M. HIV Testing in Clinical and Community Settings for an International Sample of Latino Immigrants and Nonimmigrants. J Lat Psychol. 2019 Feb; 7(1):59-75. PMID: 30859017.
    4. Chavez LM, Shrout PE, García P, Forno E, Celedón JC. Measurement Invariance of the Adolescent Quality of Life-Mental Health Scale (AQOL-MHS) across Gender, Age and Treatment Context. J Child Fam Stud. 2018 Oct; 27(10):3176-3184. PMID: 30598585.
    5. Chavez LM, Shrout PE, Wang Y, Collazos F, Carmona R, Alegría M. Evaluation of the AC-OK mental health and substance abuse screening measure in an international sample of Latino immigrants. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 11 01; 180:121-128. PMID: 28888151.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    6. Falgas I, Ramos Z, Herrera L, Qureshi A, Chavez L, Bonal C, McPeck S, Wang Y, Cook B, Alegría M. Barriers to and Correlates of Retention in Behavioral Health Treatment Among Latinos in 2 Different Host Countries: The United States and Spain. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2017 Jan/Feb; 23(1):e20-e27. PMID: 26910867.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Chavez LM, Garcia P, Ortiz N, Shrout PE. Applying generalizability theory methods to assess continuity and change on the Adolescent Quality of Life-Mental Health Scale (AQOL-MHS). Qual Life Res. 2016 12; 25(12):3191-3196. PMID: 27344319.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Chavez LM, Ramirez R, Garcia P, Canino G, Mir K, Ortiz N, Morales LS. Measurement properties of the Adolescent Quality of Life Mental Health Scale (AQOL-MHS). Qual Life Res. 2014 May; 23(4):1327-35. PMID: 24241819.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Chavez L, Mir K, Canino G. Starting from scratch: the development of the Adolescent Quality of Life-Mental Health Scale (AQOL-MHS). Cult Med Psychiatry. 2012 Sep; 36(3):465-79. PMID: 22528055.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Lapatin S, Gonçalves M, Nillni A, Chavez L, Quinn RL, Green A, Alegría M. Lessons from the use of vignettes in the study of mental health service disparities. Health Serv Res. 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1345-62. PMID: 22150766.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Bauermeister JJ, Bird HR, Shrout PE, Chavez L, Ramírez R, Canino G. Short-term persistence of DSM-IV ADHD diagnoses: influence of context, age, and gender. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011 Jun; 50(6):554-62. PMID: 21621139.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Chavez LM, Shrout PE, Alegría M, Lapatin S, Canino G. Ethnic differences in perceived impairment and need for care. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2010 Nov; 38(8):1165-77. PMID: 20521095.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Pando JR, Canino G, Ramírez R, Chávez LM, Martínez-Taboas A. Prevalence and factors associated to sexual behavior in Puerto Rican adolescents. P R Health Sci J. 2007 Dec; 26(4):355-66. PMID: 18246964.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Bauermeister JJ, Shrout PE, Ramírez R, Bravo M, Alegría M, Martínez-Taboas A, Chávez L, Rubio-Stipec M, García P, Ribera JC, Canino G. ADHD correlates, comorbidity, and impairment in community and treated samples of children and adolescents. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2007 Dec; 35(6):883-98. PMID: 17505876.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Bauermeister JJ, Shrout PE, Chávez L, Rubio-Stipec M, Ramírez R, Padilla L, Anderson A, García P, Canino G. ADHD and gender: are risks and sequela of ADHD the same for boys and girls? J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2007 Aug; 48(8):831-9. PMID: 17683455.
      Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Dierker LC, Sledjeski EM, Botello-Harbaum M, Ramirez RR, Chavez LM, Canino G. Association between psychiatric disorders and smoking stages within a representative clinic sample of Puerto Rican adolescents. Compr Psychiatry. 2007 May-Jun; 48(3):237-44. PMID: 17445517.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Ortega AN, Chavez L, Inkelas M, Canino G. Persistence of mental health service use among Latino children: a clinical and community study. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2007 Jul; 34(4):353-62. PMID: 17295060.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Chavez LM, Canino G, Shrout PE, Barrio C, Ware NC. Psychometric evaluation of the Spanish version of CONNECT: a measure of continuity of care in mental health services. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2007; 16(1):23-33. PMID: 17425245.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Chávez LM, Canino G, Negrón G, Shrout PE, Matías-Carrelo LE, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Hoppe S. Psychometric properties of the Spanish version of two mental health outcome measures: World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule II and Lehman's Quality Of Life Interview. Ment Health Serv Res. 2005 Sep; 7(3):145-59. PMID: 16194000.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. González-Tejera G, Canino G, Ramírez R, Chávez L, Shrout P, Bird H, Bravo M, Martínez-Taboas A, Ribera J, Bauermeister J. Examining minor and major depression in adolescents. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2005 Aug; 46(8):888-99. PMID: 16033637.
      Citations: 42     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Bird HR, Canino GJ, Davies M, Ramírez R, Chávez L, Duarte C, Shen S. The Brief Impairment Scale (BIS): a multidimensional scale of functional impairment for children and adolescents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2005 Jul; 44(7):699-707. PMID: 15968239.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Dierker LC, Ramirez RR, Chavez LM, Canino G. Association between psychiatric disorders and smoking stages among Latino adolescents. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2005 Dec 12; 80(3):361-8. PMID: 15964715.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Alegría M, Canino G, Lai S, Ramirez RR, Chavez L, Rusch D, Shrout PE. Understanding caregivers' help-seeking for Latino children's mental health care use. Med Care. 2004 May; 42(5):447-55. PMID: 15083105.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Canino G, Shrout PE, Rubio-Stipec M, Bird HR, Bravo M, Ramirez R, Chavez L, Alegria M, Bauermeister JJ, Hohmann A, Ribera J, Garcia P, Martinez-Taboas A. The DSM-IV rates of child and adolescent disorders in Puerto Rico: prevalence, correlates, service use, and the effects of impairment. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2004 Jan; 61(1):85-93. PMID: 14706947.
      Citations: 135     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Matías-Carrelo LE, Chávez LM, Negrón G, Canino G, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Hoppe S. The Spanish translation and cultural adaptation of five mental health outcome measures. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2003 Sep; 27(3):291-313. PMID: 14510096.
      Citations: 58     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Bauermeister JJ, Canino G, Bravo M, Ramírez R, Jensen PS, Chavez L, Martínez-Taboas A, Ribera J, Alegría M, García P. Stimulant and psychosocial treatment of ADHD in Latino/Hispanic children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003 Jul; 42(7):851-5. PMID: 12819445.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Canino G, Shrout PE, Alegría M, Rubio-Stipec M, Chávez LM, Ribera JC, Bravo M, Bauermeister JJ, Fábregas LM, Horwitz S, Martínez-Taboas A. Methodological challenges in assessing children's mental health services utilization. Ment Health Serv Res. 2002 Jun; 4(2):97-107. PMID: 12090311.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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