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Frances Aranda PhD MPH MS

Frances Aranda
  • Senior Research Specialist
  • College of Medicine; Department of Psychiatry
Contact Information
  • faranda [at]
  • (312) 413-0371
  • (312) 355-4189
  • School of Public Health / Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)
    1601 W. Taylor St.
    SPHPI MC 912
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:486

Frances Aranda, PhD, MPH, MS, completed her PhD in Public Health (Community Health Sciences) in 2010. She has two master’s degrees (in Human Service Administration and in Public Health [gerontology concentration]) and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2013, which was funded through a Diversity Supplement by NIH-National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the University of Illinois, College of Nursing. She has a broad range of research experience gained over 23 years of working in a university and healthcare setting. Dr. Aranda was the project manager for four NIH funded longitudinal studies and several cross-sectional studies. These studies focused on breast cancer among low-income racial/ethnic minority women, cervical and breast cancer in Korean immigrant women, alcohol use among lesbians, and smoking cessation among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Her research interests include racial/ethnic differences in various physical and mental health conditions (e.g., depression, chronic pain, PTSD, alcohol use, and smoking). Additional research interests include aging and measurement issues among racial/ethnic and/or sexual minorities.

  • Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery, (NIDILRR, 90RT5038-01-00)

  • Selected Publications:

    Lillis, T.A., Burns, J., Aranda, F., Burgess, H., Purim-Shem-Tov, Y., Bruehl, S., Beckham, J.C., Pinkerton, L.M., & Hobfoll, S.E. (In Press). Race-Related Differences in Acute Pain Complaints Among Inner-City Women: The Role of Socioeconomic Status. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s10865-019-00123-3

    Lillis, T., Burns, J., Aranda, F., Purim-Shem-Tov, Y., Bruehl, S., Beckham, J.C. & Hobfoll, S.E. (2018). PTSD Symptoms and Acute Pain in the Emergency Department: The Roles of Vulnerability and Resilience Factors among Low-Income, Inner-City Women. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 34(11):1000-1007. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000626

    Gaffey A.E., Burns, J.W., Aranda, F., Purim-Shem-Tov, Y., Burgess, H.J., Beckham, J.C., Bruehl, S., & Hobfoll, S.E., (2018). Social undermining underlies sensitivity to physical pain: Mediation pathways of cognitive and emotional dysregulation. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105318796189.

    Gaffey, A.E., Aranda, F., Burns, J.W., Purim-Shem-Tov, Y., Burgess, H.J., Beckham, J.C., Bruehl, S. & Hobfoll, S.E., (2018). Race, Psychosocial Vulnerability and Social Support Differences in Inner-City Women’s Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 32 (1), 18-31, doi: 10.1080/10615806.2018.1532078.

    Matthews, A. K., Cho, Y. I., Hughes, T. L., Wilsnack, S. C., Aranda, F., Johnson, T. P. (2017) The Effects of Sexual Orientation on the Relationship between Victimization Experiences and Smoking Status among US Women. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntx052.

    Lee, S.Y., Lee, E.E., & Aranda, F. (2017) Instruments Adaptation, Modification and Validation for Cultural Beliefs about Colorectal Cancer Screening among Korean Americans. CancerNursing.

    Matthews, A.  K., Steffen, A., Hughes, T, Aranda, F, and Martin, K. (2017). Demographic, Healthcare, and Contextual Factors Associated with Smoking Status Among Sexual Minority Women. LGBT Health,4(1): 17-23. doi:10.1089/lgbt.2016.0039.

    Riley, B.B., Hughes, T.L., Wilsnack, S.C., Johnson, T.P., Benson, P., & Aranda, F. (2017). Validating a Hazardous Drinking Index in a Sample of Sexual Minority Women: Reliability, Validity and Predictive Accuracy. Substance Use and Misuse. 52(1), 43-51.