Current Research and Scholarly Interests
1. Latino Immigrant Health: Binational approach to understanding health of Latino immigrant populations by studying groups in sending communities (primarily Mexico) and receiving communities in the US with a focus on modifiable risk factors and preventable environmental exposures.
2. Childhood and adolescent obesity: Design, implementation and analysis of community-based observational studies aimed at understanding determinants of dietary intake, obesity and metabolic syndrome among children and adolescents of primarily Mexican descent both in the US and Mexico with a focus on social, familial, and environmental determinants as well as early-life/in utero exposures.
3. Multi-level community-based intervention strategies: Design and evaluation of community-driven intervention strategies including innovative individual-level health education, family-based behavior change, community-wide health promotion, and health policies particularly in the areas of prenatal health, diet, physical activity, and environmental health.
4, Socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health disparities: Epidemiologic and qualitative approach to documenting and understanding disparities in disease risk factors and outcomes as well as toxic environmental exposures, with a focus on immigrant populations.