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Our Studies

Interested in participating in one of our studies? Email us at or call/text us at 762- 499 - 4844. 

Proyecto FUERZA  

Latinx adolescents are disproportionally affected by depression and trauma exposure is a well-established risk factor for adolescent depression. This study aims to examine a culturally responsive model investigating how cognitive factors influence depression risk in trauma-exposed Latinx adolescents. This study is funded by SRCD's Small Grants for Early Career Scholar award. 

Proyecto VALOR

Latinx youth and families are disproportionately impacted by potentially traumatic events; however, the impact of these exposures on Latinx youth developmental trajectories continues to be poorly understood. This study applies sociocultural-ecological theory to understanding how potentially traumatic events influence the health and well-being of Latinx youth and their families.  

Patterns of Risk and Resilience Among Trauma-Exposed Youth 

Using data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being II (NSCAW-II), this study examines how trauma can serve as a transdiagnostic risk factor for the adverse mental health outcomes that drive and maintain health disparities among racial/ethnic minority youth in contact with the child-welfare system. 

Promoting the Health & Psychological Well-Being of Latinx Immigrant Families 

In collaboration with the members of the Latinx Immigrant Health Alliance (LIHA), the FUERTE lab is actively involved in several research studies that aim to better understand the unique socio-cultural-political factors associated with the psychological well-being of Latinx immigrant families. Additional information about LIHA and our ongoing projects can be found at:

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