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Our Studies

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 semi-longitudinal study applies a sociocultural-ecological, multi-modal approach 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. 

HEART Caregiver Workshops 

In collaboration with the THRIVElab at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, the HEART Caregiver Workshops study implements and evaluates a culturally-adapted evidence-based mental health intervention to reduce traumatic stress and depressive symptoms in mixed-status Latinx families. Additional information about the project and the THRIVE lab can be found at:

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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