Substance use is associated with negative behavioral outcomes (e.g., assault, injury, sexual violence, suicide), disease, and death. We are committed to finding real-world solutions to this preventable public health problem.
African Americans endure a disproportionate burden of injury, disability, disease and death with regard to substance use. We are currently investigating novel mechanisms that can be leveraged to inform prevention and treatment efforts.
We are currently studying the cross-talk between cultural phenomena, chronic exposure to environmental stressors, and stress-related biomarkers to better understand psychological and behavioral outcomes in at-risk populations.