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Department of Pediatrics



The following are current projects for the Health Disparities Laboratory in Pediatric Psychology:


TEAM (Type 1 Diabetes Empowerment and Management) Study Team T1D Empowerment and Management


This study is to adapt a family-based intervention that was validated with adolescents for school-aged children and integrate it with a validated peer-delivered intervention format for African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino families. The scientific goals of the project are to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes for improving or stabilizing glycemic control in African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino school-aged children with type 1 diabetes. The overall mission of our work is to strengthen family teamwork toward sustainable healthy behaviors among African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino families with children ages 5-9 who have type 1 diabetes by conducting experience driven research.

This project is funded by the National Institute on Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disorders (1 DP3 DK113236) PI: Ashley Butler, Ph.D.

Learn more about the TEAM Study:


Promoting Pathways to Health Disparities Research Careers


The project will administer a health disparities workshop series for psychology graduate student and postdoctoral fellows to increase the number of prospective racial and ethnic minority psychology faculty addressing racial/ethnic minority health disparities in research. The project is funded by the American Psychological Association Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology.

Learn more about Pathways:

  • 2018 Workshop Attendees

Research Leadership Program for Diverse Early Career Scientists


This project will implement an evidence-informed mentoring and leadership development program for early career scientists from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority backgrounds who show promise in research related to the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disorders mission but who have not received substantial research funding or ascended to a leadership position in their respective disciplines or professional associations.

This grant is funded by the NIH National Institute on Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disorders (R25DK118763) Co PIs : Tiffany Townsend, Ph.D. and Ashley Butler Ph.D.


Improving Nutritional Intake in African American and Hispanic Preschool Children

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This project will use a randomized-controlled pilot feasibility trial to examine preliminary dietary pattern outcomes of a modified version of the Smart and Secure Children Intervention Program. The program aims to target stress in parents, promote better parental mental health, increase knowledge about children’s development, and encourage positive effective parenting practices. In addition to examination of preliminary dietary pattern outcomes, this study will also examine the following secondary preliminary outcomes in parents: perceived stress, a stress biomarker, mental health, and feeding behaviors.

This project is funded by the Texas Children’s Pediatrics Pilot Research Fund.


Development and Dissemination of a Guide for Policymakers to Address Child Health Disparities


This project will use qualitative methods to obtain policymakers’ perspectives on ways to frame and format a policy brief that can serve as a practical guide for policymakers to achieve the implementation of evidence-based programs, practices, and policies that target and modify risk factors during childhood to reduce mental health disparities. This project is being conducted in collaboration with the American Psychological Association Committee on Children, Youth, and Families and the Collaborative Action on Child Health Equity at Morehouse School of Medicine.

This project is funded by the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center on Health Disparities (U54 MD008173-02) Subproject 1 at Morehouse School of Medicine.