Research Associates

Senior Research Associates

James Campen, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at UMass Boston. Research areas: Public policy toward banking institutions, bank performance in serving the needs of low- and moderate-income communities, financial institutions, and community reinvestment and fair lending.

Dharma Cortés, Instructor in Sociology, Harvard University and Assistant Professor, Northeastern University. Research areas: Research areas: community-based research, and the acculturation, mental and physical health, health literacy, health and mental health service utilization research, and access to healthcare among Latinos in the U.S.

Maria Idalí Torres, Associate Professor of Anthropology, co-director of the Office of Health Disparities Research and Training and former director of the Gastón Institute (2009-2017). Research areas: applied anthropology, U.S. Latino health disparities, sexual and reproductive health; CBPAR, and culturally responsive health intervention research.

Miren Uriarte, Senior Research Associate, Professor Emeritus of Human Services, Boston Public Schools Committee member and co-founder of the Gastón Institute. Research areas: institutional development, English as a Second Language, applied social policy analysis, Cuba, Latinos in the U.S., program development and evaluation research in education, health care, human services.

Research Associates

Jennifer Allen, Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine Director, Community Health Program, Tufts University.

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, Associate Professor, UMass Boston, Counseling and School Psychology. Research areas: transnational families, collaborative consultation and supervision, family health psychology, immigrants’ health and health disparities.

Michael Berardino, doctoral candidate in Public Policy at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. His research focuses on the impacts of language instruction and high-stakes testing policies on English Language Learners, with special attention to Latino student outcomes, school discipline, and civic engagement.

Ramón Borges-Méndez, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Community Development and Planning, Clark University. Research areas: poverty, economic development, civil society matters in Latin America.

Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, Associate Professor of Sociology. Research areas: race and ethnic relations, media studies, U.S.-Latin America relations.

Melissa Colón, Tufts University. Research Analyst for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) in Massachusetts. Former Associate Director of the Gastón Institute. Research areas: social policy, knowledge utilization and dissemination, organizational change, public and legislative affairs, educational equity, and sustainable development.

Virginia Diez, Tufts University. Research areas: child development, teen pregnancy and parenting, ethnography.

Iria Dopazo-Ruibal, PhD candidate at Universidade da Coruña (Spain). Research areas: youth, education, migration, social determinants of health.

Chanel Fields, former Todos Juntos con Seguro Program Manager.

Billie Gastic, Chief Research Officer at Relay GSE. Research areas: school violence, safety and discipline, with a particular interest in the consequences for Black and Latino youth.

Aline GubriumAssociate Professor at UMass Amherst. Research areas: sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice; participatory digital, visual, and narrative research methodologies; holistic and culture-centered approaches to health promotion.

Julian Jefferies, California State University at Fullerton. Research areas: immigrant youth in schools, language studies, pedagogy of international and experiential learning opportunities, cross-cultural competence, cultural identities.

Alvaro Lima, Director of Research, Boston Planning and Development Agency. Research Areas: Transnationalism, economic development.

Mario Muñoz, PhD., Lecturer, UMass Boston, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences. Research areas: physical activity measurement, physical activity and sedentary behaviors in Latino communities, research methods, childhood obesity in Latino populations, motor coordination problems.

Rosalyn Negrón, Associate Professor of Anthropology and professor of Latino Leadership Opportunity Program. Research areas: cultural, linguistic and urban anthropology with an emphasis on Latino Studies and research methods.

Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor, Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry. Research areas: Pastoral/Practical Theology, Religious Education Theory, Philosophy of Catholic Education, U.S. Latino/a Theology and Hispanic Ministry, Multicultural Studies.

Lorna Rivera, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and director of the Gastón Institute. Research areas: adult literacy, workforce development, education.

Sarah J. Rustan, Northeastern University. Research areas: cultural management, development of social capital, demography, community change and public policy.

Ester R. Shapiro, Associate Professor of Psychology. Research areas: health disparities, clinical psychology, family development.

C. Eduardo Siqueira, Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning and Coordinator of Transnational Brazilian Project. Former Associate Director of the Gastón Institute. Research areas: health policy, occupational health, Brazilian immigration/migration, environmental justice.

Leandra M. Smollin, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University. In the fall of 2017, Leandra will join the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice as an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Research areas: health disparities, LGBTQ adolescence, community-based research and the intersections of race/ethnicity, class and gender with sexuality.

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