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Ninive Sanchez

Ninive Sanchez

Ninive Sanchez, PhD, MS, MSW
Assistant Professor

712 Clark Hall
School of Social Work
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-4470
Phone: (573) 882-0920
Fax: [573] 882-8926
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Campus Writing Program Teaching Excellence Award


PhD, University of Michigan, 2015; MS, University of Michigan, 2015; MSW, University of Michigan, 2007; BA, University of Southern California, 2006.

Research Interests:

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:

Sociodeterminants of Health among Adolescents and Young Adults

Dr. Sanchez’s work focuses on understanding sociodeterminants of health, such as race, ethnicity, discrimination, gender, sexism, and socioeconomic status among adolescents and young adults. The purpose of her research is to advance health equity—the principle that everyone should have access to the rights, resources, and opportunities they need to live a healthy quality of life and achieve their full potential in society, regardless of their social group memberships.

Dr. Sanchez’s most recent research examines access to medical interpreters and patient-provider communication among primarily immigrant, Latinx patients with limited English proficiency in Missouri. Dr. Sanchez has also pioneered research on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a chronic disease the National Institutes of Health has described as a major public health problem for women in the U.S. Dr. Sanchez’s research argues that women with PCOS are a marginalized population in the U.S. at the structural, institutional, and individual levels. Moving forward, Dr. Sanchez plans to further understand sociodeterminants of health including social support and acculturation among Latinas with PCOS.

Dr. Sanchez 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. She is also an alum of the Health Equity Leadership Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the National Intergroup Dialogue Institute at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Sanchez is also passionate about creating an institutional climate that fosters diversity and inclusion to improve student learning. She teaches Exploration in Social and Economic Justice for undergraduate students and Research Methods for Master students. She serves on the Advisory Councils for the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching and the Teaching for Learning Center at Mizzou.