Dharma Cortés, M.A., Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Email: dcortes@smith.edu 

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Dharma E. Cortés received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and a doctorate degree in sociology from Fordham University. She completed post-doctoral training in medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine. Cortés is an instructor and senior scientist at the Health Equity Research Laboratory at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She is also the director of Latino Projects at Environment & Health Group, a research company seeking technology solutions for global health.

Cortés conducts community-based research on health, mental health, obesity prevention and access to healthcare. She has applied her multidisciplinary training in social sciences to conduct qualitative research for the development and implementation of interventions, surveys and social marketing campaigns, among other activities. Cortés has been principal investigator, co-investigator and consultant to numerous studies on the delivery of health care services.