Laura Vargas, PhD, MSW, MPA

Vice-Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn Injury Science Center, Perelman School of Medicine

Laura Vargas, PhD, MSW, MPA, is a vice-provost postdoctoral fellow at the Penn Injury Science Center in the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Social Policy and Policy Analysis from Columbia University, in 2018. Her past research focused on the relationship between violence and health care service access and utilization in Mexico. Currently she is researching exposure to violence, mental health, and health seeking behaviors among recent Latino immigrants in the United States. Specifically, her research highlights how exposures to violence and other traumatic events affect mental health among Latino immigrants in the pre-, during, and immediate post-migration periods to the United States. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), and the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) and is a fellow of the Columbia Population Research Center. Dr. Vargas is a bi-cultural, multi-lingual researcher focused broadly on the impacts of violence and migration on mental health and service utilization in Latino populations and has regional expertise on these issues in Latin America.

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