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., Cruz-Gonzalez, M., Markle, S. L., Falgas-Bague, I., Poindexter, C., Stein, G. L., Eddington, K., Martinez Vargas, A. E., Fuentes, L., Cheng, M., & Shrout, P. E. (2023). Referrals to Community and State Agencies to Address Social Determinants of Health for Improving Mental Health, Functioning, and Quality of Care Outcomes for Diverse Adults: North Carolina and Massachusetts, September 2019–January 2023. American Journal of Public Health, e1–e11. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2023.307442
Alegría, M., O’Malley, I. S., Smith, R., Useche Rosania, A., Boyd, A., Cuervo-Torello, F., Williams, D. R., & Acevedo-Garcia, D. (2023). Addressing health inequities for children in immigrant families: Psychologists as leaders and links across systems. American Psychologist, 78(2), 173–185. PMCID: PMC10071405.
Alegría, M., Alvarez, K., Cheng, M., & Falgas Bague, I. (2023). Recent Advances on Social Determinants of Mental Health: Looking Fast Forward. American Journal of Psychiatry, 180(7), 473-382. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.20230371.
COVID-19 May Exacerbate the Negative Impact of Discrimination on the Health of Older Adults - Advances in Motion - January 30, 2023
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
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.