Ph.D. Student Profile

Aresha  Martinez-Cardoso

Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, M.S.P.H.

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Cognate: Public Health Demography


  • M.S.P.H., Community Health Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013
  • B.A., Latina American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

Research Interests & Projects

Aresha Martinez-Cardoso is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan and a predoctoral trainee at the Population Studies Center at U-M. She is interested in studying the structural and social determinants of racial/ethnic health inequities with a particular focus on Latino communities. Aresha’s current research projects explore the role of immigration raids and anti-immigration policies on Latino health. She is also collaborating with researchers at UM on a study of the biomarkers of stress and aging. For her dissertation research, Aresha hope to explore how structural disadvantage shapes cardiovascular disease risk among Latino immigrants and US born Latinos. Prior to her doctoral training, Aresha received an MSPH from the UCLA School of Public health where she studied healthcare access and utilization barriers among Latinos.

Selected Publications

  • Novak, N., Geronimus, A. T., & Martinez-Cardoso, A. M. (forthcoming). Change in birth outcomes among infants born to Latina mothers after a major immigration raid. International Journal of Epidemiology.
  • González Block Miguel Angel, Vargas Bustamante Arturo, de la Sierra Luz Angélica, Martí­nez Cardoso Aresha, Redressing the Limitations of the Affordable Care Act for Mexican Immigrants Through Bi-National Health Insurance: A Willingness to Pay Study in Los Angeles. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health / Center for Minority Public Health, 2012; 70(3): .