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Taynara Formagini is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT). She has an extensive background in research, health education, health promotion and prevention, and behavioral health counseling. In her current role as a postdoctoral scholar, Formagini is conducting research to address behavioral health issues and health disparities affecting minoritized and at-risk populations, while also providing mentorship to undergraduate and graduate student researchers and delivering clinical education and training on behavioral health topics and interventions. Taynara is also receiving formalized mentorship and support to strengthen her research agenda and research portfolio. Formagini plays a key role in helping to enhance the research infrastructure at the CBHRT.

  • BA, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
  • MSc, Master of Science, Psychology, Social Processes and Health, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Health Policy & Management, University of Kansas School of Medicine

Taynara Formagini’s research mainly focuses on health disparities and social injustices faced by low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations, and she is particularly interested in improving Latino health. She is currently working on examining individual, social, and economic processes around diabetes prevention behaviors among Latinos. Formagini aims to increase awareness of diabetes prevention, as well as uptake in healthier behaviors and lifestyles among this group. She uses a variety of research designs and methods to answer her research questions, including secondary data analysis of large national data set, survey research, and qualitative methods, such as interviews and focus groups.

Areas of Specialty
  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Latino health
  • Behavioral health
  • Chronic disease prevention
Research Lab Affiliations

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