Karina Gattamorta

Title/Position: Research Associate Professor

Karina Gattamorta is a Research Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami. She earned her PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation in 2009 from The School of Education at UM and an EdS in School Psychology in 2005 from Florida International University. In her current role, she teaches courses in introductory and intermediate statistics, measurement, and research methods in both graduate and undergraduate programs. In 2013 she was awarded a Diversity Supplement that allowed her to expand on her interests tackling health disparities among Hispanic adolescents, and in particular, the interconnectedness of family functioning, mental health, and substance abuse. More recently, she began pursuing research interests examining the relationships between family functioning, mental health, substance abuse, and risky sexual behaviors in Hispanic lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents. Her current research examines the role of families and the coming out experiences of Hispanic sexual minorities. Her research aims to understand and ultimately help reduce health disparities in mental health, substance abuse, and HIV risk among sexual minorities.

Karina A. Gattamorta, PhD

2009 - University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL - Ph. D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. Dissertation, Investigating Differential Step Functioning Under the Graded Response Model and the Generalized Partial Credit Model: A Comparison of the Cumulative and Adjacent Categories DSF effect estimators

2005 - Florida International University, Miami, FL - Ed. S. in School Psychology

2000 - University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL - B. A. in Psychology and Special Education

Primary Teaching Areas
introductory and intermediate statistics, measurement, and research methods

Research and Academic Interests
Measurement, LGBT youth/young adults, mental health, substance abuse, Hispanic families

Research Grants (selected)
Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, Culturally Informed Family Based Treatment of Adolescents: A Randomized Trial  Study (Santisteban, PI) Total Supplement Cost $157,708 (2 years). The parent grant is a large randomized trial testing the CIFFTA intervention with 220 drug abusing Hispanic adolescents.  (National Institute on Drug Abuse), Grant No. 3R01DA027920-04S1.  Gattamorta (Supplement Recipient) 2013-2015. 

Gattamorta, K. A., McCabe, B. E., Mena, M. P., & Santisteban, D. A. (in press). A latent profile analysis investigating factors impacting Hispanic adolescent’s attendance in treatment. The Counseling Psychologist.

Sanko, J. S., Shekhter, I., McKay, M., Gattamorta, K., & Birnbach, D. J. (2015). Interprofessional Simulation Olympics as a platform to assess team work knowledge acquisition. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 0, 1-5. DOI:10.1136/bmjstel-2015-000024

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., De Oliveira, G., Hires, K., Gattamorta, K., Peragallo, N., Ferrer, L. (2015). Predictors of HIV Enacted Stigma among Chilean Women. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, 2392-2401. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12792

De Sanits, J. P., Valdes, B., Provencio-Vasquez, E., & Gattamorta, K. A. (2014). A comparison by sexual orientation of sexual health and sexual behaviors among Hispanic Men. Sexuality Research and Social Policy.12 (1), 15-23. DOI 10.1007/s13178-014-0170-9

De Sanits, J. P., Valdes, B., Provencio-Vasquez, E., Patsdaughter, C. A., & Gattamorta, K. A. (2014). A comparison of substance use behaviors of Hispanic mean by sexual orientation. Nursing and Health, 2, 9-17. DOI: 10.13189/nh.2014.020102

Foronda, C., Gattamorta, K., Snowden, K., & Bauman, E., (2013). Use of virtual clinical simulation to improve communication skills of baccalaureate nursing students: a pilot study. Nurse Education Today. DOI:10.1016/j.nedt.2013.10.007

Gattamorta, K. A., Penfield, R. D., & Myers, N. D. (2012). Modeling Item-level and Step-level Invariance Effects in Polytomous Items Using the Partial Credit Model: International Journal of Testing, 12, 252-272. DOI: 10.1080/15305058.2011.630546

Gattamorta, K. A., & Penfield, R. D., (2012). A Comparison of Adjacent Categories and Cumulative Differential Step Functioning Effect Estimators. Applied Measurement in Education, 25, 142-161. DOI: 10.1080/08957347.2012.660387

De Santis, J.P., Arcia, A., Vermeesch, A., & Gattamorta, K.A. (2011). Using structural equation modeling to identify predictors of sexual behaviors among Hispanic men who have sex with men. Nursing Clinics of North America, 46, 233-248. DOI: 10.1016/j.cnur.2011.02.010

Elbaum, B., Gattamorta, K. A., & Penfield, R. D. (2010). Evaluation of the Battelle Developmental Inventory (2nd Ed.) screening test for use in states’ child outcome measurement systems under IDEA. Journal of Early Intervention, 32, 255-273. DOI: 10.1177/1053815110384723

Penfield, R. D., Gattamorta, K.A., & Childs, R. A. (2009). An NCME instructional module on using differential step functioning to refine the analysis of DIF in polytomous items. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 28(1), 38-49. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-3992.2009.01135.x

Major Accomplishments / Honors
2008 - Doctoral Award for Scholarship in RME
2009 - FERA Distinguished Paper Award Finalist

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