Dr. Medina attended graduate school at Indiana University, Bloomington where she received her Ph.D. in Sociology. As a Medical Sociologist, her research focuses on individuals' responses to illness, and on societal forces impacting individual health and the medical care system as a whole. Most recently, her research has focused on the interconnection of biological, behavioral, and social factors affecting substance use (i.e., cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use) during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Dr. Medina’s research has been published in leading journals such as American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Sociology and the Oxford Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.