Natalia Villegas

Title/Position: Assistant Professor of Clinical

Profile:

Dr. Villegas is a bilingual nurse that holds Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She completed a PhD in Nursing at the University of Miami. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at El Centro, Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, University of Miami. Also, she is a Registered Nurse, licensed in the State of Florida and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and health Studies.

Dr. Villegas is a nurse midwife and has worked as clinical nurse and researcher in various settings. Her research interest lies in women’s health, STI and HIV prevention and the use of technology for prevention. She has demonstrated record of productive participation in HIV prevention projects and has published regularly in HIV prevention and the use of technology. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on developing and Piloting an Internet Based STI and HIV Prevention Intervention among Young Chilean Women between 18 and 24 years old. In addition, she works as a co-investigator and project director in the study SEPA III: The effectiveness trial, a study that targets Hispanic women at risk of acquiring HIV.


Credentials
Natalia Villegas, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC

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
Lactation consultant

Primary Teaching Areas
Women’s Health Nursing
International Health
Research methods and Evidence Based Practice

Research and Academic Interests
HIV Prevention
Women’s Health
Use of Technology

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., Santisteban, D., Lara, L., Vargas, J (2016). Factores que influencian la adquisición de Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual y VIH en Mujeres Jóvenes Chilenas que participaron en la intervención online I-STIPI [Factors that influence the acquisition of sexually transmitted infections and HIV in Chilean young women who participated in the online intervention I- STIPI.] Hispanic Health Care International (In press)

Villegas, N., Choudhury, S.M, Mitrani, V.B., Guerra, J. (2016). Mothers in Substance Abuse Recovery: Perspectives on Motivators, Challenges and Family Involvement. International Journal of High Risk Behaviors & Addiction (In press)

Villegas, N., Santisteban, D., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Ambrosia, T., Peragallo, N., Lara, L. (2015). Pilot testing an internet based STI and HIV prevention intervention with Chilean women. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(2), 106-116. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12114

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., Azaiza, K., Henderson, S., Hooshmand, M., Peragallo, N. (2015). Developing and testing an online breastfeeding training among undergraduate nursing students. Clinical Nursing Studies, 3(1), 82-88. doi: 10.5430/cns.v3n1P82

Cianelli, R., Villegas, N., De Oliveira, G., Hires, K., Gattamorta, K., Peragallo, N., Ferrer, L. (2015). Predictors of HIV enacted stigma among low-income women. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12792

Villegas, N., Santisteban, D., Cianelli, R., Ferrer, L., Ambrosia, T., Peragallo, N., Lara, L. (2014). The development, feasibility and acceptability of an internet based STI-HIV prevention intervention for young Chilean women. International Nursing Review, 61(1), 55-63. doi: 10.1111/inr.12080

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

Cianelli, R., Lara, L., Villegas, N., Bernales, M., Ferrer, L., Kaelber, L., & Peragallo, N. (2013). Impact of Mano a Mano-Mujer, an HIV prevention intervention, on depressive symptoms among Chilean women. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 20(3), 263-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2012.01907.x.

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.

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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