Barbara Baquero, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Barbara Baquero is a Kellogg Health Scholars Program postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Baquero earned her Ph.D. in Public Health (Health Behavior) from San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, and obtained an M.P.H. in Health Promotion from San Diego State University. Barbara immigrated to the United States after completing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in her native Venezuela.

Research Interests and Projects

Baquero’s past research centered on the development, implementation and evaluation of community-based health promotion and disease prevention methodologies targeting Latinos in Southern California. Recent research findings from her work with the residents of communities along the Southern California US Mexico border reinforce emerging evidence of the importance of place and cultural indicators in studies of and interventions for Latino immigrants. Baquero’s current research expands upon this foundation to advance the study of cultural
and place-based factors associated with health outcomes among Latino immigrants to the United States. While at San Diego State University, she worked at the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH), contributing to a variety of National Institute of Health and Centers for Disease Control-funded research studies. In 2008, Barbara was awarded an Association of School of Public Health/Prevention Research Centers research fellowship to further her dissertation study. This fellowship provided her with the opportunity to work in population-based research, specifically examining the social-cultural determinants of health using community-based participatory research methods.

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Ayala, G.X., Elder, J.P., Campbell, N.R., Arredondo, E., Baquero, B., Crespo, N.,
& Slymen, D.J. (2010) Longitudinal intervention effects on parenting of the
Aventuras para Niños study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 38 (2), 154-

Elder, J.P., Arredondo, E.M., Campbell, N., Baquero, B, Duerksen, S., Ayala,
G.X., Crespo, N., Slymen, D., & McKenzie, T. Individual, family and
community environmental correlates of obesity in Hispanic elementary school
children. Journal of School Health, In press.

Baquero, B., Ayala, G.X., Elder, J.P., Arredondo, E.M., Campbell, N.R., Slymen,
D.J., Gallo, L. (2009) Secretos de la Buena Vida: processes of dietary change via
a tailored nutrition communication intervention for Latinas. Health Education
Research. 24 (5) 855-866.

Ayala, G.X., Rogers, M., Arredondo, E., Campbell, N., Baquero, B., Duerksen, S.,
& Elder, J.P. (2008) Away-from-home food intake and risk for obesity: Examining
the influence of context. Obesity Research, 16(5), 1002-8.

Ayala, G.X., Baquero, B., Klinger, S., (2008) A systematic review of the
relationship between acculturation and diet among Latinos in the United States:
Implications for future research. Journal of the American Dietetic Association

McKenzie, T. L., Baquero, B., Crespo, N., Arredondo, E., Campbell, N. & Elder, J.
P. (2008) Environmental correlates of physical activity in Mexican-American
children at home. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 5(4), 579-591.