Dharma E. Cortes, PhD


Dharma E. Cortes, PhD, is a research associate and instructor at Harvard Medical School in the department of psychiatry. She is also a senior research associate at the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In addition, Cortes is a member of the Health Literacy Studies Group at the Harvard School of Public Health. Cortes has been conducting research with Latinos in the United States for more than 15 years. Her work has focused on the study of culture, mental and physical health, and health and mental health service utilization.

She has made major contributions to the understanding of the process of acculturation and cultural competence among Latinos in the United States. She is a co-investigator for several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health that focus on Latinos, health and mental health. Cortes has been a consultant for numerous studies on the delivery of health care services. They have included projects designed to examine barriers to care, cultural issues affecting delivery of health care services, patient perceptions about health care services and organizational aspects affecting the delivery of culturally competent services.