Department of Pediatrics

Health Disparities Laboratory in Pediatric Psychology


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.


Lab News


Ashley Butler, Ph.D., was awarded a grant by the American Psychological Association in September 2017 to establish and implement a health disparities research workshop series and administer a local mentoring network of racial/ethnic minority psychology trainees (mentees) and health disparities researchers (mentors).

Evadne Rodriguez, BA, joined the research team in June 2018. Evadne has a background in psychology and is passionate about research that addresses key public health disparities such as disproportionate health outcomes, access to and efficacy of medical services, and nutrition knowledge among low-income and minority populations.

In collaboration with Dr. Tiffany Townsend of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Ashley Butler was award a grant from the National Institute on Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disorders to implement an evidence-informed mentoring and leadership development program for early career scientists from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority backgrounds.


TEAM Newsletter


Read the latest information about the T1D Empowerment and Management (TEAM) Study in the current newsletter.

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