Areas of Expertise
Public health, social determinants of health inequities, Latino and immigrant health, behavioral and mental health, life-course and development, climate change impacts on mental health, community-building and resilience.
PhD, MPH, University of Michigan
BA, University of Puerto Rico
Professional Publications & Contributions
I am interested in understanding and reducing health inequities, particularly those related to mental health outcomes in racial/ethnic minorities and immigrant communities in the U.S. I study these issues through examining neighborhood and family environments as contexts for risk and protection. My most recent interests center on how climate change and natural disasters - such as floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes - influence individual and community mental health. I am particularly interested in how impacted communities develop strategies for building mental health resilience.