Research Projects

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research administers research and training projects funded by a variety of federal, state and foundation sources. The table below lists current and past research projects, with links to individual project summaries, researcher profiles, and projects listed by nine broad categories.

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Project Title Researcher Category End Date
1115 Medicaid Waiver: Behavioral health project review Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
A study of military cultural competency training with Seton Elisa V. Borah, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Military/Veterans 2018
A trend analysis of HIV testing rates and locations by race/ethnicity Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2016
Accessing young black MSM for HIV prevention through online social networking Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care 2016
Achieving health equity: Improving the maternal postpartum access and outcomes of Black/African American women in Travis County Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
African Americans; Disparities; Health/Health care 2019
African-American Medicaid Managed Care Rowena Fong, Ed.D.
African Americans; Disparities; Health/Health care 2012
Aftercare Solution evaluation Clayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW
Health/Health care 2002
AIDS services utilization among African Americans Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D. African Americans; Disparities; Health/Health care 2000
American Cancer Society Doctoral Research Grant in Clinical Oncology Social Work: Annemarie Conlon Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Health/Health care 2010
Asian-American Quality of Life Survey Yuri Jang, Ph.D.
Asian Americans; Health/Health care 2016
Austin Healer Women: A Culturally Congruent HIV Prevention Model Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D. Health/Health care 2011
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Robin Smith, LCSW
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care 2021
Better way to live at home: Supportive services and the well-being of older residents Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Health/Health care; Income/Poverty 2011
Biological mechanisms of behavior change: The baroreflex and stress reactivity Fiona Conway, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Mental health 2019
Breast and cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women in rural Texas Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Latinos 2016
Brief alcohol interventions in trauma settings Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2012
Brief intervention to reduce injury in minorities Craig Field, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care; Latinos 2008
Cancer care for the whole patient: An oncology social work response Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Social work education 2014
Child health and development in the Mexican American population Yolanda C. Padilla, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care; Latinos 2002
Childhood cancer survivor resiliency Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2005
Children with special health care needs and transition Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Health/Health care 2018
CHOICES+: Preconception approach to reducing alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancy Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 0101
CHOICESPlus+: Adapted Intervention for UTHealth (DSRIP) Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2018
Communicating Oncologic Prognosis with Empathy (COPE): Evaluation of a standardized, interprofessional instrument Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2019
Comparative effectiveness trial of early integrated telemedicine versus in-person palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer- REACH-PC Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2022
Comprehensive care of children with medical complexity Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2017
CSWE Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Social Work Field Placement Project Tanya Voss, MSSW
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health; Social work education 2014
Culturally relevant model of smoking cessation among Latinos Yessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Latinos 2017
Developing a built environment measure for use in urban adolescent health research Ahmed Whitt, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
Does a brief preventive intervention affect PTSD outcomes? (IMPACT study) Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2018
Effectiveness of EMDR therapy Allen Rubin, Ph.D. Health/Health care; Mental health 1997
Environmental effects on disparities in smoking and obesity among women Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care 2016
Evaluation Plan: Community Transformation Grant Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Latinos 2014
Exploring the experiences of Latino adolescent young adults with advanced cancer and those who care for them Farya Phillips, Ph.D., CCLS
Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Latinos 2018
Georgia-Texas Improving Brief Intervention Project Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2008
Health profiles of Asian Americans in the new millennium Yuri Jang, Ph.D.
Asian Americans; Health/Health care; Immigrants/Refugees 2015
HIV/AIDS prevention intervention for African-American women exposed to intimate partner abuse Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
African Americans; Health/Health care; Interpersonal/Community violence 2010
HIV/AIDS prevention intervention for women who have experienced intimate partner abuse Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Interpersonal/Community violence 2007
Hope and meaning-making in individuals with advanced cancer Jen Currin-McCulloch
Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2019
Increasing breast and cervical cancer screening in rural, frontier, and border counties Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2017
Integral Care Transition-Age Youth Program Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Health/Health care; Mental health 2020
Integrated Behavioral Health MSSW Scholars Program for Underserved Populations Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health; Racial/ethnic/sexual diversity; Social work education 2016
Integrated services for homeless persons: Evaluation services for the Center for Health Care Services Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Lori Mangrum
Tom Bohman, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Homelessness; Organizational functioning 2016
Leveraging the teachable moment to improve brief interventions in healthcare Yessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2018
Longitudinal neighborhood poverty change and racial disparities in birth outcomes Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Shetal Vohra-Gupta, Ph.D., MSW
African Americans; Disparities; Health/Health care 2018
Meaning of cancer survivorship for Hispanic adolescents Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Latinos 2006
Medicaid Infrastructure Resource Mapping Calvin L. Streeter, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2008
Mental health access to immigrant Latinx emerging adults Carmen R. Valdez, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 2020
Mental health and substance abuse needs of HIV-infected persons in Texas Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2010
Mental health and substance abuse needs of HIV-infected persons in Texas Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Mental health 2010
Mental Health Transformation Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2009
Mental health treatment of female children and adolescent sex offenders Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health 1997
Multidisciplinary approach to reduce injury and substance abuse Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2015
Multidisciplinary approach to reducing injury and alcohol use Craig Field, Ph.D. Addictions; Health/Health care 2012
National Social Work Collaboration for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Social work education 2018
Obesity Prevention ARRA Evaluation Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care 2012
Peer-support preferences among adolescent and young adult oncology patients Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2018
Post-doctoral fellowship: Promoting equity in cardiovascular health Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care; Social work education 2023
Program and Process Initiative of Texas (SA/PPT) Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2008
Psychoeducational grief group for AIDS-related bereavement Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2000
Psychoeducational group intervention for HIV-serodiscordant couples Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 1999
Psychoeducational group intervention for serodiscordant gay couples Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 1998
Reaching healthcare professionals to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2022
Residency screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment: Southeastern Consortium (SECSAT) Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
Risk and maintenance factors for bulimic pathology David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Health/Health care 2007
RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care 2010
Service utilization patterns among HIV+ drug users Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care; Latinos 2003
Sexual assault forensic services initiative: Eloise House program evaluation Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Health/Health care; Interpersonal/Community violence 2018
Stress, safety, and well-being of home care attendants Yuri Jang, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Health/Health care; Organizational functioning 2015
Tablet-based intervention to prevent substance-exposed pregnancy in primary care Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2020
Telehealth treatments for depression with low-income homebound seniors Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Health/Health care; Mental health 2019
Telling their stories, claiming a voice: Life stories of HIV+ women Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D. Health/Health care 1999
Texas Integrated Funding Initiative (TIFI) David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Health/Health care 2002
Texas STD/HIV Prevention Training Center evaluation Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Organizational functioning 2009
thinkEast Health Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2020
Translating behavioral health interventions into the primary care setting Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2009
Translating evidence-based behavioral interventions into community practice Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health; Social work education 2008
Vegetables On Wheels: Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables in a rural Texas community Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Health/Health care 2012
Via Hope: Texas Mental Health Resource Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
Wonders & Worries Palliative Care Program Farya Phillips, Ph.D., CCLS
Families, children and youth; Health/Health care 2019
Wonders and Worries: Testing a psychosocial intervention for children who have a parent with cancer Farya Phillips, Ph.D., CCLS
Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Health/Health care; Mental health 2018
Title Researcher Category End Date
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