Yamile Molina

Appointments and Affiliations

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences Division
Thompson Studies Group
Postdoctoral Fellow
Professional Headshot of Yamile Molina

Mailing Address

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, Washington 98109-1024
United States


Phone: (206) 667-2428
Fax: (206) 667-5977


Ph.D., University of Washington, Psychology, 2009.
M.S., Tulane University, Psychology, 2005.
B.S., Tulane University, Psychology and Cognitive Studies, 2003.

Research Interests

Stress, and coping responses to abnormal mammogram and HIV-positive results, with a focus on Latino/a populations

Stigma, stress and coping among marginalized populations, including:

  • ethnically diverse populations living with neurological disease
  • ethnically diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations
  • ethnic minority populations living with HIV/AIDS

Psychometric research and questionnaire development


Previous Positions

Winter 2011 - Fall 2011: Diversity Teaching and Research Fellow/Lecturer, Western Washington University
Fall 2010 - Fall 2011: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Washington
Fall 2009 - Fall 2011: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Washington
Fall 2009 - Spring 2010: Lecturer, University of Washington
Winter 2008 - Spring 2008: Program Coordinator, University of Washington
Winter 2008 - Spring 2009: Pre-doctoral Instructor, University of Washington
Summer 2005 - Spring 2009: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington
Fall 2005 – Winter 2008: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Washington
Fall 2002 – Summer 2005: Undergraduate/Graduate Research Assistant, Tulane University
Fall 2002: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tulane University
Summer 2002: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tulane University
Spring 2001: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tulane University

Additional Experience

Statistical Skills (Approaches and Practices)

  • Regression (linear, hierarchical, logistic), GLM, mixed models (repeated measures, nested, random-effects), survival analysis, factor analysis (EFA, CFA), path analysis, non-parametric tests
  • SPSS, Mplus

Honors and Awards

National Honor Society
Honor Program
Golden Key
Psi Chi Society
Finalist for Distinguished Teaching Award (Graduate Students) for Psychology in 2008, Awardee in 2009
Psychology Representative for UW Teaching Award (Graduate Students)
Psychology Department Nominee for GO-MAP Dissertation Award (Minority Students)


  • NIH NCI CURE Diversity Supplement: Breast cancer-related care-seeking behaviors among Latinas, 2011.
  • NIH NIGMS Diversity Supplement: Genetic bases of aggression in Drosophila (awarded, not accepted), 2009.



Pending Publications

  • Ceballos R, Molina Y, & Thompson B. In prep. Mammography use in rural Latinas: The importance of recommendations by physicians, family, and friends. Target Journal: Journal of Rural Health.
  • Molina Y, Balsam KF, & Beadnell B. In prep. Responding to heterosexism: The influence of coping as a mediator and moderator in relation to minority stress and psychosocial outcomes. Target Journal: Anxiety, Stress, and Coping.
  • Molina Y, Lehavot K, & Simoni JM. In prep. Racial/ethnic health disparities and the role of multiple stigmas among sexual minority women. Target Journal: Journal of Women’s Health.
  • Ramirez-Valles, J, Molina Y, Dirkes J. In prep. Predicting negative attitudes and actions toward people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) among Latino GBT individuals. Target Journal: AIDS Patient Care and STDs.
  • Balsam KF, Beadnell B, Molina Y, & Fieland, K. In prep. Identity, minority stress, and mental health among sexual minority women: A mediator model. Target Journal: Psychology of Women Quarterly.
  • Rao D, Molina Y, Lambert N., & Cohn, S. In prep. Assessing stigma among African Americans living with HIV/AIDS. Target Journal: Stigma, Research, and Action.
  • Molina Y & Ramirez-Valles J. Under review. HIV/AIDS stigma: Measurement development and relationships to health in Latino gay and bisexual men and MtF individuals. AIDS and Behavior.
  • Balsam KF, Beadnell B, & Molina Y. Under review. The Daily Heterosexism Questionnaire: Measuring minority stress among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.
  • Balsam KF, Cochran BN, Molina Y, & Simpson TJ. Under review. Military experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual veterans: Results from a national survey. Military Psychology.
  • Lehavot KL, Molina Y, & Simoni J. Under review. Gender expression, childhood trauma, and adult sexual assault among sexual minority women. Sex Roles.
  • Molina Y, Choi S.W., Cella D., & Rao D. In press. Development, validation, and performance of Stigma Scale for Chronic Illnesses 8-item Version (SSCI-8) across neurological conditions. Target Journal: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Balsam KF, Molina Y, Lehavot K. In press. Substance use, abuse and dependency in sexual minority youth (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender). Miller, P. (ed), Encyclopedia of Addictive Behaviors.
  • Balsam KF, Molina Y, Beadnell B, Simoni J, & Walters, K. 2011. Measuring multiple minority stress: LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology 17: 163-174.

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