Karen Nieves-Lugo

Karen Nieves-Lugo

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Karen Nieves-Lugo, PhD, MPH is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.  Dr. Nieves-Lugo received her Ph.D. in Psychology and her MPH in Biostatistics from the University of Puerto Rico.


Current Research

Her current HIV/AIDS-related research activities include an Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (F32) regarding to HIV and physical function.



Dr. Nieves-Lugo received her Ph.D. in Psychology and her MPH in Biostatistics from the University of Puerto Rico.


In Press/Under Review:

Nieves-Lugo, K., Rohrbeck, C. A., Nakamura, N. & Zea, M.C. (In Press). Interventions with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities. In M. Bond & I. Serrano-Garcia (Eds.), Handbook of Community Psychology. American Psychological Association.


Nieves-Lugo*, K., del Rio-Gonzalez*, A.M., Oursler, K.K., Leaf, D., Tindle, H., Fiellin, D., … Zea, M.C. (2015, June). The association of smoking status and race with physical function in HIV-infected and uninfected patients in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. Oral and poster presentation at National Hispanic Science Network Fifteenth Annual International Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Nieves-Lugo*, K. & Zea, M.C. (2015, August). Sexual exile among gay and bisexual Latino immigrants in New York City. In N. Nakamura (Chair), Giving voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender immigrant experiences in the United States. Symposium conducted at the 2015 American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Ontario.


Nieves-Lugo, K., Sorkin, J, Hoffman, H. Tate, J., Brown, T., Crothers, K., Crystal, S., Butt, A., Rodriguez-Barradas, M., Freiberg, M., Justice, A., Zea , M. C., Oursler, K. (2014, October). Effect of chronic pulmonary lung disease on the decline in physical function in HIV infected and uninfected veterans in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. Presented in the 5th International Workshop on HIV & Aging, Baltimore, Maryland.


Zea, M. C., Nieves*, K., & LHRC  (2013, May). Sexual exile among gay and bisexual Latino immigrants in New York City.  Invited presentation at the Borders and Barriers Conference: Assessing Latino immigrant experiences of health, healthcare, and HIV services in the United States. Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  


López Ortiz, M., Toro-Alfonso, J. & Nieves-Lugo, K. (2012). Reflections on the migration of Dominicans gay men: A view from the oppression.  Analisis, 13(1), 67-74. .[In Spanish].

Nieves-Lugo, K. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2012). Challenges to antiretroviral adherence: a description of health belief, social support, and gender roles in a sample of non-adherent men living with HIV in Puerto Rico. In C. H., Cirilo, R. Ballester-Anal & J. A. Piña-López (Eds.). Chronic Diseases and Medication-Adherence Behaviors: Psychological Research in Ibero-America. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Nieves-Lugo, K (2012). Transgressing the rule: Hormone therapy in transgender people.  Revista ProMujeres.[In Spanish].

Sánchez-Cardona, I., Rodríguez-Montalbán, R., Acevedo-Soto, E., Nieves-Lugo*, K. Torres-Oquendo, F., & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2012). Self-efficacy and openness to experience as antecedent of study engagement: An exploratory analysis. Procedia Social and Behavioral Science, 46, 2163-2167.

Toro-Alfonso, J., López Ortiz, M. & Nieves-Lugo, K. (2012). Migrant Sexualities: The immigration of Dominican gay men.  Caribbean Studies. 40(1), 59-80. Retrieved from  http://www.jstor.org/stable/41759290 [In Spanish].


Nieves Lugo, K., Sánchez Cardona, I., & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2011).  Health at the reach of your finger: The use of technology for Health Care. Universia. http://noticias.universia.pr/ciencia-nn-tt/noticia/2011/01/13/778714/sal.... [In Spanish].


Toro-Alfonso, J., Nieves, K., & Borrero, N. (2010). Body and Masculinity: Eating disorders in men.  Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 44(2), 225-234.  [In Spanish].


Calo W. A., Quintana, R., Catoni, I., Valle, Y.,  Álvarez, J. J., Colón, W. M., Delgado, M.S., Estrella, M. González, A., Kallis, M., Marrero, V. M., Meléndez, L, Miranda, A. I, Nieves, K., Osorio, L., Rodríguez, J. E., Torres, A.,  Suárez, E. & Ortiz, A. P. (2009). Clinical conditions associated with environmental exposures: an epidemiologic study in two communities in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. Puerto Health Science Journal. 28(2), 126-134. Retrieved from http://prhsj.rcm.upr.edu/index.php/prhsj/article/view/117/111


Rojas, L. & Nieves*, K., Suarez, E., Ortiz, A.P., Rivera, A. and Romaguera, J. (2008) Thyrotropin and follicle stimulating hormone status in Hispanic women during the menopause transition. Ethnicity & Disease Journal, 18, 230-234.

Toro-Alfonso, J., Borrero-Bracero, N. & Nieves, K. (2008) Exclusion university style: Homophobia at the University of Puerto Rico. Revista Análisis IX, 247-273. [In Spanish].