Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Diana  Chirinos Medina, PhD

Diana Chirinos Medina, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine

Focus of Work

Bio

Dr. Diana Chirinos is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a clinical psychologist with training in public health and behavioral medicine. Her interdisciplinary program of research has been guided by theoretical models for understanding illness progression that incorporate elements of the behavioral sciences, psychoneuroimmunology, and basic physiology. Her work focuses on understanding the role of ...[Read full text]Dr. Diana Chirinos is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a clinical psychologist with training in public health and behavioral medicine. Her interdisciplinary program of research has been guided by theoretical models for understanding illness progression that incorporate elements of the behavioral sciences, psychoneuroimmunology, and basic physiology. Her work focuses on understanding the role of demographic and psychosocial factors as determinants of the cardiovascular health of ethnic minorities. Specifically, she is interested in (1) characterizing the cardiovascular risk profile of vulnerable populations, such as ethnic minorities; and (2) elucidating the biobehavioral pathways underlying the relationship between chronic stressors, such as depression or sleep disturbances, and cardiovascular disease outcomes. Her long-term goal is to design well-informed culturally sensitive interventions to reduce the burden of chronic stress and cardiovascular disease among ethnic minority individuals.

Before coming to the Department of Preventive Medicine in October, 2018, Dr. Chirinos was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a Rice Academy Fellow at Rice University. She received her BA in Psychology at Santa Maria Catholic University in Arequipa, Peru, and her MS and PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami. Dr. Chirinos also completed a full-time APA accredited clinical internship at Rush University Medical Center with a concentration in health psychology.[Shorten text]

Education and Certification

  • PhD: University of Miami, Clinical Psychology (2016)

Contact

312-503-3979

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Chicago IL 60611