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
African American and Hispanic male youth perceptions of police officers who patrol in urban communities Terrence T. Allen, MSSA, Ph.D.
African Americans; Interpersonal/Community violence; Latinos 2015
Assessing smoking dependence among Spanish-speaking Latino smokers Yessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2019
Birth outcomes, social risks, and child health Yolanda C. Padilla, Ph.D.
Disparities; Families, children and youth; Latinos 2001
Border drug problems and treatment utilization Lynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2005
Breast and cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women in rural Texas Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Latinos 2016
Brief intervention to reduce injury in minorities Craig Field, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care; Latinos 2008
Child health and development in the Mexican American population Yolanda C. Padilla, Ph.D.
Disparities; Health/Health care; Latinos 2002
Cultural competence for chemical dependence treatment programs serving African Americans and Mexican Americans Clayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; African Americans; Latinos 2007
Culturally adapted brief motivational intervention for heavy drinking Latinos Yessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2016
Culturally relevant model of smoking cessation among Latinos Yessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Latinos 2017
Developing a web-based intervention for adolescents in distress: A mixed-methods study Susan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Latinos; Mental health 2016
Epidemiology of drinking and disorders in border vs. non-border contexts Lynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Jane Maxwell, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2015
Ethnicity and faith-based treatment Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Clayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; Latinos 2006
Evaluation Plan: Community Transformation Grant Catherine Cubbin, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Latinos 2014
Exploring the effects of parental deportation on U.S. citizen-children Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 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
Family and school contexts as predictors of early childhood Latino development Esther J. Calzada, Ph.D.
Education/Schools; Families, children and youth; Latinos 2015
Family involvement in treatment initiation among Latinos with first-episode psychosis Mercedes Hernandez, Ph.D., LCSW
Latinos; Mental health 2017
Hispanic adolescent alcohol use and health-risk behavior Chris Salas-Wright Addictions; Latinos 2015
Immigration-related stress and suicidal behavior among Latino adolescents Lauren E. Gulbas, Ph.D.
Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 2015
Labor market outcomes of Mexican immigrants: Implications for public policy Yolanda C. Padilla, Ph.D.
Immigrants/Refugees; Income/Poverty; Latinos 1998
Latino students academic achievement: The role of early-childhood family and school characteristics Esther J. Calzada, Ph.D.
Education/Schools; Latinos; Parenting 2019
Linking community and family characteristics to adolescent adjustment Esther J. Calzada, Ph.D.
Latinos; Mental health 2022
Meaning of cancer survivorship for Hispanic adolescents Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Latinos 2006
Mexican-American families in border and urban settings Yolanda C. Padilla, Ph.D.
Income/Poverty; Latinos 1997
Mexican-American parenting and early childhood development Esther J. Calzada, Ph.D.
Latinos; Mental health; Parenting 2017
Minority drug abuse prevention and treatment Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Addictions; African Americans; Latinos 2001
Post-disaster worker empowerment journal assessment Melissa Torres, Ph.D., MSW
Interpersonal/Community violence; Latinos 2018
Screening Latino adolescents for behavioral health issues in primary care settings Lauren E. Gulbas, Ph.D.
Latinos; Mental health 2016
Service utilization patterns among HIV+ drug users Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care; Latinos 2003
Social Work Research Development Program for Underserved Populations Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; African Americans; Latinos 2007
Strengthening Hispanic families via NIDA Prevention Science Ruben Parra-Cardona, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos; Parenting 2019
Tablet-based intervention to prevent substance-exposed pregnancy in primary care: Diversity supplement Mercedes Hernandez, Ph.D., LCSW
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2019
The Latina college student experience M. Teresa Granillo, Ph.D., MSW Education/Schools; Latinos; Mental health 2013
Undocumented, unaccompanied, and citizen: Charting research directions for children of immigration Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 2016
Why adolescent Latinas attempt suicide more than other females Lauren E. Gulbas, Ph.D.
Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Disparities; Latinos; Mental health; Racial/ethnic/sexual diversity 2019
Title Researcher Category End Date
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