Dr. Carl Latkin, vice chair and professor in the department of health, behavior and society, and Dr. Cui Yang, assistant professor in the department of health behavior and society, received a $2.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Minority Health to study the impact of stress among sexual and racial/ethnic minorities. The research will also look at how stress may impact comorbidities among people living with HIV.
[Photo: Dr. Carl Latkin]
Drs. Latkin and Yang already know that that minorities are exposed to a wide range of stressors, but less is known about which stressor is most deleterious for mental and physical health. This biopsychosocial study will longitudinally and through mHealth examine the health impacts of chronic stressors and microagressions. Understanding which stressors are most detrimental will help to develop interventions to reduce stress and enhance well-being.
Dr. Latkin has been developing, implementing and evaluating social network and community-based behavior change interventions for vulnerable populations for over two decades. Dr. Yang’s research focuses on mhealth, substance use, HIV and minority men who have sex with men.