RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Public Health, Population Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Immigrant Health, Social Determinants of Health, Aging, Transnationalism, The Life-Course Perspective
Jacqueline Torres completed her Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences at UCLA. Jacqueline’s research brings theoretical contributions from the life-course perspective and transnationalism to the field of immigrant health. Her published work examines whether or not pre-migration context and continued cross-border social ties matter for the health of immigrants and their families after arrival in the US, and has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health and Social Science & Medicine. As a RWJ scholar, Jacqueline plans to further examine how cross-border social connection and separation influences the health of immigrants in the US. Specifically, she plans to focus on the psychological mechanisms linking cross-border social ties to health outcomes, and the potential for cross-border connection to buffer immigration-related stressors, with possible implications for health interventions with immigrant families. Her research will also address the potential for cross-border family separation to adversely influence health outcomes for immigrants and their families, which is relevant for understanding the health impacts of US immigration policy. Her dissertation addresses the later-life health impacts of family member migration to the US for older Mexican adults, and is funded by the NIH/National Institute on Aging. Jacqueline received her M.P.H. and M.A. in Latin American Studies, both from UCLA, and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.