Gloriana Rodriguez Arauz

Degrees: M.A., 2010, General Psychology (Health Psychology Concentration), Central Connecticut State University
B.S., 2007, Psychology, University of Costa Rica
B.S., 2003, Sociology, University of Costa Rica
 Nairan Ramirez-Esparza
Lab webpage:
 Language and Behavioral Cultural Lab
Research Interests:
  • Food Attitudes
  • Food Parenting Behaviors
  • Sexuality
  • Culture, Cross-Cultural Differences
  • Health Behavior and Health Outcomes
Research Synopsis: Broadly speaking, my research interests involve how health behaviors and conceptions of health and well-being are influenced by culture and society.  One of my current projects involves exploring the influence of cultural beliefs on food attitudes and food-parenting practices with small children, and how those beliefs affect healthy eating. I also collaborate with my advisor in projects that explore the influence of Spanish-English bilingualism in the development of personality.
Recent News:
  • Outstanding Scholar Award  and Academic Award for the M.A. in Psychology, 2009, Central Connecticut State University
  • Fulbright Scholarship 2007-2009
Representative Publications: Rodríguez-Arauz, G., Mealy, M., Smith, V. & Diplacido, J. (2013) Sexual Behavior in Costa Rica and the United States. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 37, 48-57.Rodríguez-Arauz, G. & Mealy, M. (August, 2009).  Sex and sexual behavior in Costa Rica and the United States.  Peer-reviewed talk given at an international  professional conference.  Sixth International Academy of Intercultural Research Conference.  Honolulu, HI.Rodríguez-Arauz, G. (May, 2012). Research and policy on mental health in Costa Rica. Talk given at colloquium “Mental Health in Costa Rica” at the University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.

Wanke, J., Rodríguez-Arauz, G., & Mealy, M. (April, 2013). Hostile and benevolent sexism in Ecuador, Costa Rica and the United States. Poster presentation for the Eastern Psychological Association.  New York, NY.

Mealy, M., Rodríguez-Arauz, G., & Pyzik, M. (June, 2013). Gender Differentiation in Ecuador, Costa Rica and the United States. Peer-reviewed talk given at an international professional conference. Eighth International Academy of Intercultural Research Conference, Reno, NV.