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Omara Rivera-Vazquez

Assistant Professor

440 Mahar Hall

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Juvenile Justice, child abuse, juvenile gangs


  • In progress, Rivera-Vazquez, O. & Royo-Maxwell, Sheila.Identifying Risk and Protective Factors for Child Abuse and Neglect in Puerto Rico. (2010).
  • 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., and 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., and 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., and 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.
  • Rivera-Vázquez, O., Griffin, A., Lumpkin, C., Eppler, C., Keith, J., & Villarruel, F.A.  (April 20-22, 1999.).  Developmental assets and social capital:  A critique of the literature and integration of concepts.  Presented at the Social Capital - Bridging Disciplines, Policies and Communities International Conference, Michigan State University. 
  • MASTER'S THESIS: (1999).  Examining the Effects of Multiple Conditions to Probation on Recidivism in Michigan, Michigan State University.
  • Maxwell, S.R. and  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).


Ph.D., Michigan State University

Classes taught

  • PBJ 101
  • PBJ 300
  • PBJ 387
  • PBJ 401