About the Lab

Research in the Health Disparities Laboratory in Pediatric Psychology examines aspects of the health system and factors related to children’s physical and family environments that contribute to the health outcomes of children from low-socioeconomic status and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds.

The HDL-PP conducts behavioral research to identify and examine promising approaches for improving health outcomes of racial/ethnic minority children that can be delivered in healthcare settings.

The Lab also develops and implements research education programs that aim to help increase the diversity of the scientific workforce and that aim to support research training activities in health disparities research.

Current Research Areas

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Type 1 Diabetes among Youth

Current Research will develop and pilot test a family- and community-based intervention to improve glycemic control among African American and Hispanic school-aged children with type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) in Youth

Current research will explore youth and parent perspectives on self-management of T2D.

Obesity Prevention in African American and Latino Preschoolers

Our current research is focused on interventions to improve healthy eating in order to reduce obesity in African American and Latino preschoolers.

Current Research Education Programs

Current Research Education Programs focus on increasing participation in health disparities research careers among psychology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and increasing the participation of scholars from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds in research related to the mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders for a mentoring and leadership development program for scholars who are from groups underrepresented in research careers.