Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Behavioral Medicine


Kristen Wells, PhD / Vanessa L. Malcarne, PhD



Research Interests

I am interested in studying factors that influence the physical and mental health of minorities; how technology might influence mental health as well as how technology can be used to improve physical and mental health; and how psychological constructs might manifest differently across different populations and subgroups within those populations.

Representative Publications
  • Garcia-Alcaraz, C., Ataseven, B., Mills, S., Roesch, S.C., Sadler, G.R., & Malcarne, V.L. (2020). Psychometric evaluation of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scales in English- and Spanish-speaking Hispanic Americans. Journal of Health Psychology, 00(0), 1-8. doi:10.1177/1359105320919884

  • 2020 Strategic Enhancement of Excellence through Diversity (SEED) Fellowship, UCSD Graduate Division