- Dr. Nelson Varas-Diaz is interested in the social, political and individual level implications of stigmatization. His academic career addresses the role of social and structural factors in the stigmatization of individuals and communities. His research has focused on the social stigmatization of disease (i.e. HIV/AIDS, addiction), marginalized groups (i.e. transgender individuals) and cultural practices (i.e. metal music, religion). These interests are manifested through research, policy work, teaching, and community involvement. Other subjects of interest include: 1) qualitative research, 2) mixed methodology, 3) issues related to community participation, and 4) social justice through research.
- Social stigmatization of disease (e.g. HIV/AIDS), marginalized groups (e.g. transgender individuals) and cultural practices (i.e. heavy metal music, religion); Research Methods, Caribbean Region.
Scholarly & Creative Works
principal investigator on
- Disasters, solar energy, and chronic disease management in aging Puerto Ricans awarded by National Institute on Aging 2022 - 2026
- Physician Migration and its Implications for Puerto Rico's health care system awarded by Minority Health and Health Disparities 2020 - 2024
- Reducing Serious Metal Illness and Suicide Stigma among Medical Students awarded by National Institutes of Health 2020 - 2023
- Understanding disparities in the adoption and use of assistive technology by older Hispanic awarded by National Institutes of Health 2020 - 2021
- HIV/AIDS Stigma Behaviors in Clinical Encounters awarded by National Institute on Drug Abuse 2017 - 2020
- Nelson Varas-Diaz
- https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4695-1146 (confirmed)