Maria J. Marquine, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is originally from Uruguay and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology (neuropsychology emphasis) from the University of Arizona. She completed postdoctoral studies in clinical neuropsychology at Duke University Medical Center and subsequently held a faculty position as a clinical neuropsychologist at Rush University Medical Center. She joined UCSD in July 2012 to complete a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and became faculty at UCSD in July 2015.
Dr. Marquine’s broad research interests center on identifying psychosocial and biomedical determinants of neurocognitive and mental health among older Hispanics/Latinos/as and other racial/ethnic minority groups. She is the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded Career Development Award investigating neurocognitive impairment among older Hispanics/Latinos with HIV, and Co-Investigator of a project funded by the California HIV/AIDS Research Program addressing medication adherence among HIV-infected African Americans. She is also the Deputy Director of the NIMH-funded Sustained Training on Aging and HIV Research (STAHR) program, and the Co-Principal Investigator of an intergeneration education program aimed at designing a platform or device that improves the quality of life of seniors.
2016-2017 Pilot Project, "Pilot Project Award: Successful Aging among Latinos (SAL)." In this study, Dr. Marquine aims to investigate successful aging among community-dwelling older Hispanics, including differences in views of successful aging between Hispanics and non-Hispanic Whites, and factors that are associated with successful aging in these groups. This is a key step for the development of targeted culturally-relevant programs to promote successful aging among Hispanics. Furthermore, understanding views of successful aging by older Hispanics is key for engaging them in these programs, and thus effectively reducing health outcome disparities between Hispanics and non-Hispanic Whites in the U.S.