Positive Outcomes for Orphans

The objective of this multi-country longitudinal study of orphaned and separated children in Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Tanzania is to examine the influence of residential characteristics, caregiver characteristics, and culture, on: 1) children's behavior and emotional adjustment; 2) health status including health related quality of life; 3) learning and achievement outcomes; and 4) relationship outcomes.

Sexual and Gender Minorities Pilot Project

The Wellbeing of Sexual and Gender Minorities seeks to learn about the lives and experiences of sexual and gender minorities (SGM) living in four countries: Cambodia, India, Kenya, and Brazil. This pilot will help to better examine the effect of international, national and local policies and care practices regarding SGM on: stigma, discrimination, mental health, including symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidality; physical health; and health care seeking practices. The findings from this study will allow the research team to apply for a 5-year longitudinal grant that will test the hypothesized associations and thereby identify areas for potential intervention strengthening.

Assessing Mental Health Among MSM in Chongqing, China

This study is conducting an online survey to 1) assess mental health outcomes among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chongqing, China; 2) determine factors associated with mental health outcomes; and 3) assess use of existing mental health services and preferences for new mental health services.

Caregiver Flourishing

This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study seeks to understand pathways for sustaining flourishing mental health among caregivers of orphans living in four countries (India, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Cambodia) and of four religious traditions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). This qualitative and quantitative study includes interviews, surveys, and diaries. The findings aim to advance theoretical concepts of stress, coping, and well-being; to inform the measurement of virtue; and to provide practical guidance on how caregivers in challenging contexts can flourish.

Proyecto Luz 2.0

This study is examining the influence of U.S. immigration-related laws and policies, and U.S. Hispanic immigrants' beliefs and concerns about immigration laws on their willingness and actual utilization of healthcare and resources related alcohol and drug use disorders, intimate partner violence, and HIV testing.

Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI)

This research project analyzes and synthesizes research on HIV epidemiology, care financing, and factors influencing HIV in the Southern United States.

Global Health Needs Among Refugee Children in Durham County

This Bass Connections project serves as the pilot for an ambitious multidisciplinary effort to develop a culturally appropriate, robust healthcare model that can help reduce health disparities among some of Durham’s newest, most vulnerable community members.