Natalia Villegas Rodríguez

Title/Position: Assistant Professor

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Dr. Villegas is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Villegas completed a PhD in Nursing at the University of Miami. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is a Chilean Nurse Midwife and in the past she has worked on different clinical settings and research projects targeting Hispanic population. Dr. Villegas’ teaching areas are Fundamentals of Nursing Practice and Maternal Health. Her research interest lies in women’s health, STI and HIV prevention and the use of technology for prevention. Dr. Villegas has focused her research on the use of the internet to deliver a STI and HIV prevention intervention among young women.

Credentials
Natalia Villegas, PhD, MSN, RN

Education
BSN, Nurse Midwife, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 2007
MSN, Master of Science in Nursing, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 2009
PhD, Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Science, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 2012

Clinical Specialties
Midwifery

Research and Academic Interests
Women’s Health
STI and HIV Prevention
Use of technology for STI and HIV Prevention
Health Disparities
International Health

Research Grants (selected)
“Developing and piloting an internet based STI and HIV prevention intervention among young Chilean women”. Dissertation support provided by EL CENTRO (Center of Excellence for Hispanic Health Disparities Research), School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, U.S. National Institutes of Health: P60 MD002266 (PI Peragallo), and Sigma Theta Tau Beta Chapter, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Coral Gables, Florida $1.000.

Publications (selected)
Villegas, N., Cianelli, R., Gonzalez-Guarda R., Kaelber L., Ferrer, L., Peragallo, N. (2013). Predictors of Self-Efficacy for HIV prevention among Hispanic Women in South Florida. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24(1), 27-37. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2012.03.004

Villegas, N., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Kaelber L., Peragallo, N., Yaya, A. (2012). Factores de riesgo para la adquisición de VIH en mujeres Hispanas de 50 años y más residentes en el sur de la Florida [Risk factors for HIV acquisition among Hispanic women 50 years and older living in South Florida].  Horizonte de Enfermería, 23, 1, 51-61.

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Lawson, S., Ferrer, L., Kaelber, L., Peragallo, N., Yaya, A. (2013). Unique factors that place older Hispanic women at risk for HIV: Intimate partner violence, machismo and marianismo. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Cianelli, R., Lara, L., Villegas, N., Bernales, M., Ferrer, L., Kaelber, L., Peragallo, N. (2012). Impact of Mano a Mano Mujer, an HIV Prevention Intervention, on Depressive Symptoms among Chilean Women. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (accepted for publication). doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2012.01907.x

Villegas, N., Ferrer, L., Cianelli, R., Miner, S., Lara, L., Peragallo, N. (2011). Conocimientos y autoeficacia asociados a VIH y SIDA en Mujeres Chilenas (Knowledge and self-efficacy associated to HIV and AIDS among Chilean women). Investigación y Educación en Enfermería, 2(29), 212-221

Presentations (selected)
Cianelli, R.; Villegas, N., Ferrer, L., Kaelber, L., Peragallo, N. Intimate partner violence and HIV risk perception among older Hispanic women in South Florida. 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research (CANS). September 13-15, 2012. Washington, DC.

Cianelli, R.; Villegas, N., Ferrer, L., Peragallo, N. Mano a Mano-Mujer (Hand to Hand for Women): An effective HIV prevention intervention for women in Chile. 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research (CANS). September 13-15, 2012. Washington, DC.

Villegas, N., Santisteban, D., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Ambrosia, T., Peragallo, N. Impact of an internet based STI-HIV prevention intervention for Chilean young women. 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research (CANS), September 13-15, 2012, Washington D.C.

Peragallo, N., Gonzalez-Guarda, Cianelli, R., Mitrani, V., McCabe, B., Villegas, N. SEPA II: Intervención en prevención de VIH para reducir disparidades en salud en las mujeres Hispanas.[Efficacy of SEPA II: An HIV Risk Reduction Program to Reduce Health Disparities among Hispanic Women]. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress, July 30 - 3 August, 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

Villegas, N., Santisteban, D. Mentorship highlights during a dissertation that designed and tested an STI/HIV internet based intervention. XIII Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium, September 5-7, 2012, Miami, Florida, USA.

Villegas, N., Santisteban, D., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Ambrosia, T., Peragallo, N. Impact of an internet based STI and HIV prevention intervention (I-STIPI) for Chilean young women. XIII Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium, September 5-7, 2012, Miami, Florida, USA.

Peragallo, N., Gonzalez-Guarda, Cianelli, R., Villegas, N. Efficacy of SEPA II: An HIV risk reduction program among Hispanic women in Florida. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress, July 30 - 3 August, 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

Peragallo, N., Gonzalez-Guarda, McCabe, B., Cianelli, R., Villegas, N. The Efficacy of SEPA, an HIV risk reduction intervention for Hispanic women. RNAO International Nursing Conference Nursing: Caring to Know, Knowing to Care June 4-7, 2012, Jerusalem, Israel.

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Ferrer, L., Peragallo, N. Adapting SEPA, an HIV prevention intervention for younger and older Hispanic women. RNAO International Nursing Conference Nursing: Caring to Know, Knowing to Care June 4-7, 2012, Jerusalem, Israel.

Gonzalez-Guarda, R., Villegas, N., Vermeesch, A., Florom-Smith, A., Mccabe, B., Peragallo, N. Individual factors, culture, self-esteem and intimate partner violence among community dwelling Hispanic women. Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International Conference March 4-6, 2012, Charlottesville, VA, USA.

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., Peragallo, N. Assessing Intimate Partner Violence, depression and HIV prevention related outcomes among older Hispanic women in South Florida. Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International Conference March 4-6, 2012, Charlottesville, VA, USA.

McCabe,B., Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., Peragallo, N.,  & Mitrani, V. Mediators of Interpersonal Violence Reduction in a Group HIV-risk Intervention for Latinas. Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International Conference March 4-6, 2012, Charlottesville, VA, USA.

Villegas, N., Santisteban, D., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Ambrosia, T., Lara, L., Peragallo, N. Development and Pilot-Testing of an Internet based STI and HIV Prevention Intervention (I-STIPI) among Chilean Young Women. Sigma Theta Tau International 41st biennial convention. October 29- November 2, 2011, Grapevine, Texas USA

Peragallo, N., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., McCabe, B., Cianelli, R., Villegas, N. Decreasing health disparities: Efficacy of an HIV risk reduction program (SEPA II) for Hispanic women in Florida. Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center’s Fourth Health Disparities Institute: “Partnerships, Collaborations, and Models to Reduce Health Disparities in the USVI and the Caribbean”. October 19-22, 2011, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Villegas, N., Cianelli, R., Peragallo, N. Reducing health disparities in a minority population: Assessing the needs for HIV prevention among the older Hispanic women in South Florida. Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center’s Fourth Health Disparities Institute: “Partnerships, Collaborations, and Models to Reduce Health Disparities in the USVI and the Caribbean”. October 19-22, 2011, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Ferrer, L., Peragallo, N. Mano a Mano-Mujer (Hand to Hand- for Women): A Nursing Education Initiative to Prevent HIV among Chilean Women, 11th Iberoamerican Conference on Nursing Education of ALADEFE September 18-23 2011, Coimbra-Portugal.

Villegas, N., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Peragallo, N. Educación en prevención de VIH para mujeres Hispanas de 50 años y más [Education in HIV prevention for Hispanic women 50 years and older]. 11th Iberoamerican Conference on Nursing Education of ALADEFE. September 18-23, Coimbra-Portugal, 2011.

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Ferrer, L., Peragallo, N. Outcomes for Mano a Mano- Mujer (Hand to Hand-for Women): An HIV Prevention for Low Income Chilean Women. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 22nd International Nursing Research Congress, July 10-15, Cancun Mexico, 2011.

Villegas, N., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Peragallo, N. Stigma related to HIV among health care workers in Chile. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 22nd International Nursing Research Congress, July 10-15, Cancun Mexico, 2011.

Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Villegas, N., Norr, K., Peragallo, N.  Nurses in Chile as leaders to protect the health rights of people living with HIV against stigma. International Council of Nursing Conference, May 2- 8 La Valeta, Malta 2011.

Villegas, N., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Norr, K., Miner, S., Bernales, M., Peragallo, N. (Hand to Hand): Health care initiative to prevent HIV among Chilean women. International Healthcare services academic conference (CIBER). Miami, Florida, January 12, 2011.

Major Accomplishments / Honors
Golden Key International Honour Society, University of Miami, 2012
Sigma Theta Tau Beta Chapter, 2010.


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