Faculty profile

Omara Rivera-Vazquez

Adjunct Instructor


Off Campus

Office hours


omara rivera vazquez


Juvenile Justice, child abuse, juvenile gangs



  • Hurtado, R. and Rivera-Vazquez, O. (2020). Denaturalizing Surviving: Domestic Violence, Narrative, and Social Justice in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Label Me Latina/o Special Issue 2020: (Un) Natural Disasters: Sites of Resistance Volume X.
  • Rivera-Vazquez, O., A. Mabiso, A. Hammad, & Williams, K.P. (2009). A Community-Based Approach to Translating and Testing Cancer Literacy Assessment Tools. Journal of Cancer Education, 24, 4 (p. 319-325).
  • Williams, K.P., Reckase, M., & Rivera-Vazquez, O. (2008). Toward the Development of Cancer Literacy Assessment Tools. Michigan Journal of Public Health, 2 (p.21-43).
  • Rosenbaum R.P., Lahousse, S., Babladelis, P., & Rivera-Vazquez, O. (2005). The Oceana Farmworker Health Study. Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 25-P-91468/5-01
  • Rivera-Vazquez, O.  (2004). Predictors of having ever belonged to a gang among Black, Latino and White youth. Online Journal of Urban Youth Culture.
  • Villarruel, F.A., Walker, N.E., with Minifee, P., Rivera-Vázquez, O., Peterson, S., and Perry, K.  (2002). Dónde está la justicia?  A call to action on behalf of Latino and Latina youth in the U.S. justice system.  Building Blocks for Youth Initiative.
  • Villarruel, F.A., Rodríguez, A. Mangrulkar, L., Paz, R., & Rivera-Vázquez, O.  (2002). Positive Youth Development in the Context of International Development:  The emerging agenda of the Dominican Republic.  In Lerner and Wertlieb
  • Rodríguez, Michael, Morrobel, D., Torres Campos, C., Rivera-Vázquez, O.  (2000). Perspectives on working with Latino Youth.  In D.F. Perkins, L. Borden, J.G Keith, & F.A. Villarruel (Eds.), Community youth development:  Beacons, Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Maxwell, S.R. &  Rivera-Vázquez, O.  (1998). Assessing the Instrumental and Symbolic Elements in Attitudes toward the Death Penalty Using a Sample of Puerto Rican Students. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.  Volume 22, No. 2, Fall 1998, (pp.329)

Other Publications

Encyclopedia and Newspaper Articles

  • Rivera-Vazquez, O. (2014). Police Stress. In The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. (1st Ed.). Hoboken: New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Rivera-Vazquez, O. (2014). Moral Development. In The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. (1st Ed.). Hoboken: New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Ph.D., Michigan State University

Classes taught

  • CRJ 101
  • CRJ 300
  • CRJ 335
  • CRJ 347
  • CRJ 387
  • CRJ 401