Disparities Research Unit
Welcome letter from Margarita Alegría, PhD, Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Mass General.
The DRU generates innovative health and health services research that impacts policy, practice, and service delivery for multicultural populations. Learn about our current research.
The DRU generates innovative health and health services research that impacts policy, practice, and service delivery for multicultural populations. Learn about our past research.
Research publications from the investigators of the Disparities Research Unit at Mass General.
The DRU is a collaborative research practice of investigators, clinicians and community groups dedicated to research impacting policy, practice and service delivery for multicultural populations.
Disparities Research Unit News
Alegría, M., O'Malley, I. S., DiMarzio, K., & Zhen-Duan, J. (2022). Framework for Understanding and Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Children's Mental Health. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 31(2), 179–191. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35361358/
Alegría, M., Cruz-Gonzalez, M., O'Malley, I. S., Alvarez, K., Stein, G. L., Fuentes, L., Eddington, K., Poindexter, C., Markle, S. L., Thorndike, A. N., Zhang, L., & Shrout, P. E. (2022). Role of social determinants in anxiety and depression symptoms during COVID-19: A longitudinal study of adults in North Carolina and Massachusetts. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 154, 104102. PMCID: PMC9056067. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35561644/
Alegria, M., Zhen-Duan, J., O’Malley I.S., DiMarzio, K. (2022). A New Agenda for Optimizing Investments in Community Mental Health and Reducing Disparities. American Journal of Psychiatry, 179(6). PMCID: PMC9205621. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35599537/
Alegria, M., Falgas-Bague, I., Fukuda, M., Zhen-Duan, J., Weaver, C., O’Malley, I., Layton, T., Wallace. J., Zhang, L., Markle, S., Neighbors, C., Lincourt, P., Hussain, S., Manseau, M., Stein, B.D., Rigotti, N., Wakeman, S., Kane, M., Evins, A.E., & McGuire, T. (2022). Performance Metrics of Substance Use Disorder Care Among Medicaid Enrollees in New York, New York. JAMA Health Forum, 3(7). Advance online publication. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35977217/
A Research Agenda on Environmental Exposures and Mental Health - Public Health Institute - February 16, 2022
Many States Aren’t Ready for a 988 Crisis Line. The Deadline is Looming - STAT - December 15, 2021
Battling Health Care Disparities, with Harvard’s Margarita Alegría, PhD - Different Brains - March 18, 2021
Undocumented Students Face Big Challenges with Remote Learning - NPR - March 4, 2021
The Disparities Research Unit has launched two exciting new NIH-funded studies in 2020.
Positive Minds Strong Bodies – Implementation: This NIA/NIMH renewal grant tests an enhanced version of the PMSB-E disability prevention program, offered by Community Health Workers and Exercise Trainers to racial/ethnic and linguistic minority elders. The original intervention has been strengthened and now includes a group maintenance component following the core program. A COVID-19 supplement will provide the opportunity for additional exploration of the pandemic on minority elders.
Latino Youth Coping with Discrimination: This NIMHD-funded project addresses mental health of Latinx youth in Indiana, focusing on discrimination-related stressors and mental health among Mexican-American youth living in a new migration area. In partnership with University of Notre Dame, Fordham University and Indiana University, this study addresses the effects of racism and negative neighborhood interactions, with the goal of improving the mental health of Latinx youth.
Awards and Recognition
Dr. Alegria received the 2022 Inclusive Voices Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research at the 77th Annual Conference in Chicago in May 2022. She accepted the award on behalf of her collaborators for their groundbreaking work on the National Latino and Asian American (NLAAS) study.
The Mongan Institute
The Disparities Research Unit is a Mongan Institute research center. The Mongan Institute at Mass General is dedicated to supporting research in the areas of population and health care sciences.