Veronica Barcelona, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN, PHNA-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 21505

phone: 203-737-6707


Veronica Barcelona is an Assistant Professor in the Primary Care Division. She has a secondary appointment at Yale School of Public Health in the department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Dr. Barcelona is ANCC certified as an Advanced Public Health Nurse and earned her BSN from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She was a scholar with the Howard Hughes Summer Research Program, and the NIH Fogarty Minority International Research Training Program in La Paz, Bolivia. She then pursued graduate studies in Community Health Nursing and in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (MSN/MPH), where she received Leadership and Minority Health Student Support Awards. After practicing as a public health nurse in the US and overseas, she earned her doctorate in Reproductive Epidemiology (PhD) at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In her dissertation, she examined the effects of acculturation on anxiety in pregnancy, intent to breastfeed, and birth outcomes (low birthweight, small for gestational age, and preterm birth) in a cohort of 1400 Puerto Rican and Dominican women in Massachusetts. Dr. Barcelona completed post-doctoral studies with Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor in genomics in 2017 and completed formal training in genetics at NINR’s Summer Genetics Institute, as well as NHLBI’s Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology Training Program (PRIDE).

Dr. Barcelona has volunteered for improved language access in health care with the Louisiana Language Access Coalition and was a member of the American Nurses Association’s National Committee to revise the Public Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. She was a Jonas Policy Scholar in the Genomic Nursing and Health Care Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing and is a recipient of the NIH’s Loan Repayment Program through the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has a funded K01 through NINR on DNA methylation, preterm birth and blood pressure in African American children.

Research Interests

Health inequities, Black/Latina women’s health, epigenomics, and how pregnancy complications and birth outcomes (preterm birth, low birthweight, and preeclampsia) are associated with later cardiovascular health.

Selected publications

Kurnat-Thoma E, Starkweather A, Henderson W, Cashion A, Williams J, Katapodi MC, Reuter-Rice K, Hickey K, Barcelona V, Calzone K, Conley Y, Anderson C, Lyon D, Weaver M, Shiao SP, Constantino R, Wung S, Hammer MJ, Voss JG, Coleman B. Precision Health: A Nursing Perspective. (2020) International Journal of Nursing Sciences. 7(1), 5-12. 

Brown K, Hui Q, Huang Y, Taylor J, Prescott L, Barcelona V, Crusto C, Sun Y. (2019). “The association between stress and coping with methylation of blood pressure related genes among African American women from the Intergenerational Blood Pressure Study (InterGEN).” Chronic Stress. September;(3), 1-9. 

Wright ML, Newhall K, Barcelona V, Taylor JY. (2019) “African American mothers’ attitudes towards genetic testing in the InterGEN study”. Journal of Community Genetics. Dec 7. 

Barcelona V, Huang Y, Brown K, Liu J, Zhao W, Yu M, Kardia SLR, Smith JA, Taylor JY, Sun YV. (2019). “Novel DNA methylation sites associated with cigarette smoking among African Americans”. Epigenetics. Mar 27:1-9. 

Hardy TM, Barcelona V, Sun YV, Taylor JY. (2019) “Genomics of Reproductive Traits and Cardiometabolic Disease Risk in African American Women.” Nursing Research. Mar/Apr;68(2): 135-144. 

Giarratano G, Barcelona V, Harville EW, Savage J. (2019) “Mental Health and Worries of Pregnant Women Living through Disaster Recovery.” Health Care for Women International. Mar;40(3):259-277. 

Barcelona de Mendoza V, Damio G. (2018). “Evaluation of a culturally appropriate peer coaching program for smoking cessation”. Public Health Nursing, Nov/Dec, 35(6), 541-550. 

Taylor JY, Barcelona de Mendoza V. “Improving Omics Based Research and Precision Health in Minority Populations- Recommendations for Nurse Scientists”. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Jan;50(1), 11-19.

Barcelona de Mendoza V, Huang Y, Crusto CA, Sun YV, Taylor JY. “Perceived racial discrimination and DNA methylation among African American women in the InterGEN study”. Biological Research for Nursing; 20(2), 145-152.

Starkweather A, Coleman B, Barcelona de Mendoza V, Fu M, Taylor J, Genomic Nursing and Health Care Expert Panel; Kenner C, Walker D, Amankwaa L, Anderson CM, Maternal Infant Health Expert Panel. Policy Brief: Improve Coverage of Newborn Genetic Screening to Include the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel and Newborn Screening Registry. Nursing Outlook, 2017, July-August; 65(4): 480-484.

Barcelona de Mendoza V, Wright M.L., Agaba C., Prescott L., Desir A., Crusto C.A., Sun Y.V., Taylor J.Y. “A systematic review of DNA methylation and preterm birth in African American women”. Biological Research for Nursing,2017 May;19(3):308-317. doi: 10.1177/10998004166690492016

Crusto C.A., Barcelona de Mendoza V, Connell C.M., Sun Y.V., Taylor J.Y.  “The Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure Study (InterGEN): Design and methods for recruitment and psychological measures”. Nursing Research, 2016, Jul-Aug;65(4):331-8. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000163

Barcelona de Mendoza V, Harville E, Theall K, Buekens P, Chasan-Taber L. “Effects of acculturation on prenatal anxiety among Latina women”. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 2016 Aug; 19(4):635-44. doi: 10.1007/s00737-016-0605-9.

Barcelona de Mendoza V, Harville E, Theall K, Buekens P, Chasan-Taber L. “Acculturation and adverse birth outcomes in a predominantly Puerto Rican population” Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2016, 20(6), 1151-60. doi: 10.1007/s10995-015-1901-0

Barcelona de Mendoza V, Harville E, Savage J, Giarratano G.  “Experiences of intimate partner and neighborhood violence and their association with mental health in pregnant women” Epub ahead of print, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17 November 2015. doi: 10.1177/0886260515613346

Barcelona de Mendoza V, Harville E, Theall K, Buekens P, Chasan-Taber L. “Acculturation and intention to breastfeed among a population of predominantly Puerto Rican women” Birth, 2016, 43(1):78-85. doi: 10.1111/birt.12199

Barcelona de Mendoza V, Harville E, Savage J, Giarratano G. “Association of complementary and alternative therapies with mental health in pregnant women living in a post-disaster recovery environment” Journal of Holistic Nursing, 2016, 34(3):259-70. doi: 10.1177/0898010115609250

Harville E, Giarratano G, Savage J, Barcelona de Mendoza V, Zotkiewicz T. “Birth outcomes in disaster recovery environment: New Orleans women after Katrina” Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2015, 19(11):2512-22. doi: 10.1007/s10995-015-1772-4.

Giarratano G, Harville EW, Barcelona de Mendoza V, Savage J, Parent CM. “Healthy Start: Description of a safety net for perinatal support during disaster recovery” Maternal Child Health Journal, 2015, 19(4), 819-827. doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1579-8

Giarratano G, Savage J, Barcelona de Mendoza V, Harville EW. “Disaster research: A nursing opportunity.” Nursing Inquiry, 2014, 21(3):259-68.  doi: 10.1111/nin.12049.

Barcelona de Mendoza, V.  “Culturally appropriate care for pregnant Latina women who are victims of domestic violence.” Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 2001, 30(6), 579-588.

Frisancho AR, Juliao PC, Barcelona V, Kudyba CE, Amayo G, Davenport G, Knowles A, Sanchez D, Villena M, Vargas E, Soria R. “Developmental components of resting ventilation among high and low altitude Andean children and adults.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, July 1999, Volume 109, pp. 295-301. 

Orringer JS, Barcelona V, Buchman SR. “Reasons for Removal of Rigid Fixation Devices from the Cranio-facial Skeleton.” Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, January 1998, Volume 9, Number 1, pp. 40-44.