Research Studies in Progress

Below are listings of studies that are currently being conducted through the CCHI Research Lab. Several team members contribute at the different stages of implementation and analysis. The studies are listed in alphabetical order.

Afro Latina/o Identity In Miami: Emerging Adults' Experiences

Although prior research has shown that racial/ ethnic identity can impact psychological well-being and behavioral outcomes among emerging Black and LatinX individuals, the values, meanings, and influence of these and other intersecting identities among those identifying as Afro Latino has not been explored in the psychological literature. This study focuses on Afro Latinas living in the South Florida context.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture

Black Women & Global Health: Barriers and Challenges from Western Women's Perspectives

Although global health is one of the most popular fields of study in health, few Black women enter this field. This study is seeks to identify the barriers and challenges that Western Black women perceive as critical to their participation in global health research.Black women across all career stages are being interviewed for this qualitative study.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Professional Development

Discipline & Diversity

There is a large body of literature examining discipline styles by racial group, but few use an intersectional or non- deficit lens The purpose of the study is to explore  racial and ethnic minority emerging adults reflections on parents' use of three discipline styles identified in the literature. A key focus will be identifying contextual and cultural factors informing parental decision making within and across these diverse groups.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Familial Processes, CEnR, Violence

Emerging Adults' Perceptions of SeverE Mental Illness

Severe mental illness symptoms typically first occur in the second decade of individuals lives. However, there are few studies that examine this phenomena's occurance withing racial/ ethnic minority populations. This study will examine emerging adults perceptions of severe mental illness symptoms and culturally informed response motivations.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Mental Health

Financial Literacy & Mental Health in A Low resource MIAMI communitY

Research has shown asignificant correlation between financial wellness and mental health. This is the evaluation portion of the Affirming YOUth lead grant examining financial literacy, mental health and community well- being in Liberty City.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Mental Health, CEnR

Global SHEEK: Sexual Health Education, Empowerment & Knowledge

Emerging adults across continents are sharing their perceptions of their own sexual literacy and sexual health decision making. Issues related to sexual empowerment and reproductive justice are centered in this reseach project.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Sexual Health, Violence

Indian Medical Students' perceptions oF readiness to treat SEXUAL MINORITY PATIENTS

An important barrier to providing sexual minority populations quality health care is practitioner training. This project explores Indian medical students perceptions of and training about sexual minority populations.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Professional Development

LatinE Gender Diverse Individuals' MEANINGS of Health

This study examines emeging adult Transgender and gender diverse LatinE perceptions of their mental and physical health well-being. We are focused on this age as it is when individuals have their first opportunity to be fully independent, and are establishing health, social and economic patterns that impact their long term life trajectories.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Mental Health, CEnR

Masculinity & Mental Health Therapy Perceptions across diverse Latino Emerging Adults

This study involves the use of a brief online intervention to identify what factors influence emerging adult Latino men's perceptions of and willingness to seek out support for personal stressors.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Masculinity, Mental Health, Violence

Mentoring Physics UREM Undergrads: Evaluation of a DOE Funded Training Program

This Department of Energy funded project examines faculty and students perceptions of an intensive mentoring program for physics undergradaute students identifying as members of under represented racial/ ethnic minority groups.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Professional Development


Mental health stigmas are often informed by familial and cultural values. The experiences of LatinX individuals whose close family members have severe mental illness will be examined in this qualitative research study.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Mental Health, Familial Processes

Personal data privacy vulnerabilities and protection strategies

This Meta funded study is using a mixed methods approach to identify and understand Black adults perceptions of their data privacy vulnerabilities and ability to engage in protective behaviors across online and social media spaces.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Social Media

Safe Spaces For Colombian Youth: Examining Adults ROle their Creation

Sports has been identified as a key buffer against violence perpetration and victimization among adolescent males in Latin America. This mixed methods study focuses on identifying spaces adolescents in Colombia define as "safe". The role of adult leaders in these spaces is also being examined. Funded by the Tinker Foundation Research Grant- LACS FIU and FIU UGS DEA Fellowship.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Masculinity, Health Inequities, Violence, CEnR

Sports For Development: Latino Parental Perceptions of MIAMI- Based  afterschool futbol program

This study is examining factors supporting parents in resource limited communities ability to engage children through sports focused after school socio- emotional development programs in South Florida. This community project is being conducted in partnership with Fútbol con Corazón, a global NGO based in Colombia. Funded by the FIU Psychology SEEDS Grant.
Key Concepts: Identity, Culture, Familial Processes, Health Inequities, CEnR