Ninive Sanchez, PhD, MS, MSW
PhD, University of Michigan, 2015; MS, University of Michigan, 2015; MSW, University of Michigan, 2007; BA, University of Southern California, 2006.
Health Disparities; Health Care Access and Utilization; Latino Adolescents and Young Adults; Sociodeterminants of Health; Social Work Education.
2016 Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award, University of Missouri Campus Writing Program.
Research and Scholarly Activity:
Examining the Influence of Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Gender on Health and Well-being of Adolescents and Young Adults
Dr. Sanchez’s work focuses on understanding health and healthcare disparities, health and mental health of adolescents and young adults, and the influence of race, ethnicity, culture and gender on health and well-being. She is a recipient of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Sanchez has experience coordinating a longitudinal, multidisciplinary study of substance use among adolescents and their families in Santiago, Chile. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Sanchez has traveled to Chile and conducted research on sexual behavior, substance use, and community member’s perceptions of safety in Santiago.
Her most recent research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a chronic condition the National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention has described as a major public health problem for women in the U.S. Dr. Sanchez examined how adolescents and women with PCOS are portrayed in digital teen and women’s magazines. She also examined national healthcare data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate potential disparities in health care access and utilization associated with PCOS.
Moving forward, Dr. Sanchez plans to further understand the experiences of Latinos with chronic disease and barriers to health care access and utilization (e.g., cultural and language barriers). She will also examine how economic and social conditions influence comorbidity, including anxiety and depression, across the life course. One of her goals is to expand her research and develop community-based interventions to promote health in low-income communities.
Social Work Education: Dr. Sanchez teaches Social Work/Peace Studies 2000 Exploration in Social and Economic Justice as Writing Intensive. She is dedicated to the idea that “one’s language and writing reflects one’s beliefs, values, and assumptions about people and society.” Throughout her course, “students become aware of how their writing can be oppressive or discriminatory, and they learn to write in a way that is respectful of people and the conditions they live in.” Thus, Dr. Sanchez is able to promote critical thinking and the ability to arrive at multiple interpretations for meaningful learning about the human experience.
With support from a Writing Intensive Project Award from the Campus Writing Program at the University of Missouri, Dr. Sanchez conducts research on how fostering metacognition, or becoming aware of one’s own thought processes, promotes learning and writing about social and economic justice. Through writing and awareness of one’s own thinking, students demonstrate increased sensitivity toward vulnerable and oppressed populations. It is this kind of significant contribution to student learning through the use of writing that demonstrates Dr. Sanchez’s contribution to the best in Writing Intensive theory and pedagogy.