Department of Pediatrics

Health Disparities Lab Projects


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


Early Links

Early Links is a new research study for parents of children who are 6-12 years old and who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes. The program we are evaluating is designed to offer support related to day-to-day life while living with type 1 diabetes.

Teen Squad

The purpose of this study is to assess the ease and acceptance of providing a family behavioral intervention delivered via telehealth for children ages 10-15 years with type 2 diabetes and their parents. The purpose is to also assess how well it works for improving diabetes management.

My Voice

My Voice for Building University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research/Comparative Effectiveness Research Capacity is an 18-month Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Engagement Award in partnership with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to increase student stakeholder and scientist capacity for engagement in Patient- Centered Outcomes Research and Comparative Effectiveness Research at Hispanic Serving Institutions focused on the exacerbation of poor mental health and well-being among students since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aims are to:

  • Increase student stakeholder knowledge and skills for PCOR/CER focused on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing among Hispanic college students
  • Increase PCOR/CER capacity among scientists at HSIs.


The RESROUCE Study is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (parent site is University of California, San Francisco) to better understand impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities. Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s are among 10 sites to take part in a study of 1200 participants in the United States to understand the economic and social impact of the spectrum of the COVID19 pandemic on vulnerable populations, particularly those from:

  • Low-income households
  • Non-U.S. born or English as a second language (ESL) populations
  • Communities of color.


The Leadership and Education Advancement Program for Diverse Scholars is an evidence-informed mentoring and leadership development program for early career social and behavioral scientists from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations who show promise in research related to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases' mission but who have not yet received R01 funding and have not ascended to a leadership position in their respective disciplines or professional associations. The program also uses distance learning technologies to prepare fellows to submit a high-quality National Institutes of Health or foundation grant application, to support their research and leadership development, and to develop a network of senior researchers who hold leadership positions in various academic settings. Learn more: Leadership and Education Advancement Program (LEAP) for Diverse Scholars.

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.