Rosana Gonzalez-Colaso PharmD, MPH

Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine

Research Interests

Health Disparities; Access to Language Services; Healthcare Workforce Diversification; Cross-cultural Survey Development; Interdisciplinary Medical Education; Global Health Education; Curriculum Development and Assessment

Current Projects

Development of a culturally and linguisticaly sensitive instrument to measure self-reported experiences of healthcare discrimination (PreDict). Role:Director, Spanish-Language Research Core. Funding: National Institutes of Health (PI: Nunez-Smith)

Access to hospital language services and Limited English Proficiency in the US.


Development and assessment of global health educational experiences.


Development of interdisciplinary clinical and public health curriculum.


Selected Publications

  • Gonzalez-Colaso R. Sandoval-Schaefer T, Abad-Merino S, Nunez-Smith M. "Cross-cultural Measurement Development: The Case of the Hispanic Population." American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition Boston, MA • November 4, 2013.
  • Gonzalez-Colaso R, Moloney-Johns A, Jacqueline S. "To Teach or Not to Teach: 2011 National Survey of Physician Assistants and Preceptor Experiences". JJournal of Physician Assistant Education. 2013;24(2):12-19
  • Gonzalez-Colaso R, Enking P, Gorney C, Hudak N. "Tales from the Trenches: Physician Assistants’ Perspectives on Precepting Students." Abstract. Journal of Physician Assistant Education e-portal. 2013;24(2):60e
  • Rodriguez G, Gonzalez-Colaso R, Nunez-Smith M. "Experiences of Reported Healthcare Discrimination: Insights from Focus Groups with Spanish-Language Speaking Patients." Abstract. Journal of Society of General Internal Medicine e-portal. 2012;27(7). Suppl.
  • Gonzalez-Colaso, R, Nunez-Smith M. 2010. Working with Medical Interpreters. In Yale Office-based Medicine Curriculum, eds. Rosenbaum J, Hay S, Warner M, and Whitman L, 5th edition. New Haven, CT: Yale University. http://yobm.yale.edu/
  • Spicyn N. Gonzalez-Colaso R., Curry L., Fortin A., Guerrero C., Dumont-Mathieu T, Nunez-Smith M. Patient Refusal of Physician in Hospital Settings: Hospital Leaders’ Perspectives. Abstract. Journal of Society of General Internal Medicine e-portal. 2010; 25(7). Suppl.
  • Gonzalez-Colaso R., Guerrero C., Nunez-Smith M. Provision of language services and Linguistic Needs: Are Hospitals Speaking to their Communities? 2010 Sixth Annual AAMC Physician Workforce Research Conference. May 6-7, 2010, Alexandria, VA
  • Brisette D, Gonzalez-Colaso R. "International Clinical Rotations: Brainstorming a Process for a Successful Experience," Presentation. Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, November 2009.

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