Led by Scripps Research Institute (Cindy Ehlers, PI), sub-award recipient and ARG Scientist Katherine Karriker-Jaffe will provide expertise in neighborhood effects and disparities research for the new project. ARG Biostatistician Libo Li and Research Associate Deidre Patterson round out the team.
The grant supports the development of a multilevel bio-psychosocial-ecological model of risk and protective factors for alcohol use disorders among Mexican Americans young adults.
With U.S.-born Mexican Americans having rates of alcohol use and psychiatric disorders that are higher than their Mexican-born ancestors and peers, it’s probable that trans-generational processes of adapting to life in the U.S. may play an important role in health risk behaviors.
The study researchers hope their model will help inform prevention and intervention programs aimed at reducing health disparities in immigrant populations.