The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative



School-based interventions modestly increase physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness but are least effective for youth who need them most: an individual participant pooled analysis of 20 controlled trials.

January 2021 | British Journal of Sports Medicine
Hartwig, T. B., Sanders, T., Vasconcellos, D., Noetel, M., Parker, P. D., Lubans, D. R., [et al., including Errisuriz, V. L.]



Rural Latino Mothers’ Parenting Style, Depression, and Stress Affects Children’s Sugar Sweetened Beverage, Fruit, and Vegetable Consumption

September 2020 | Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Laura Delfausse, Vanessa Errisuriz & Deborah Parra-Medina

Physical activity in children and adolescents.

2020 | American Psychological Association
John B. Bartholomew, Vanessa L. Errisuriz & Esbelle M. Jowers

Workplace stress and discrimination effects on the physical and depressive symptoms of underrepresented minority faculty

September 2020 | Stress and health
Ruth Enid Zambrana, R. Burciaga Valdez, Chavella T. Pittman, Todd Bartko, Lynn Weber & Deborah Parra-Medina

A Digital Health Intervention for Weight Management for Latino Families Living in Rural Communities: Perspectives and Lessons Learned During Development

August 2020 | JMIR Formative Research
Zenong Yin, Vanessa L. Errisuriz, Martin Evans, Devasena Inupakutika, Sahak Kaghyan, Shiyu Li, Laura Esparza, David Akopian, & Deborah Parra-Medina

Calibrating Wrist-Worn Accelerometers for Physical Activity Assessment in Preschoolers: Machine Learning Approaches.

August 2020 | JMIR Form Res
Shiyu Li, Jeffery T. Howard, Erica T. Sosa, Alberto Cordova, Deborah Parra-Medina & Zenong Yin

Using Mobile Health Tools to Engage Rural Underserved Individuals in a Diabetes Education Program in South Texas: Feasibility Study.

March 2020 | JMIR Mhealth
Zenong Yin, Janna Lesser, Kristi A. Paiva, Jose Zapata, Andrea Moreno-Vasquez, Timothy J. Grigsby, Stacy R. Ryan-Pettes, Deborah Parra-Medina, Vanessa Estrada, Shiyu Li & Jing Wang



Physical activity change after a promotora-led intervention in low-income Mexican American women residing in South Texas

June 2019 | BMC Public Health
Jennifer Salinas & Deborah Parra-Medina

 A Cancer Education-Plus-Navigation Intervention Implemented Within a Federally Qualified Health Center and Community-Based Settings

July 2019 | Journal of Cancer Education
Cynthia Mojica, Gulaiim Almattkyzy, & Daisy Morales-Campos

A Culturally Adapted Intervention for Mexican‐Origin Parents of Adolescents: The Need to Overtly Address Culture and Discrimination in Evidence‐Based Practice. 

October 2019 | Family Process
José Rubén Parra-Cardona, Gabriela López‐Zerón, Silvia Gisela Leija, Megan Maas, Monica Villa, Efrain Zamudio, Melecia Arrendondo,  Hsueh‐Han Yeh, & Melanie Domenech Rodriguez

Addressing Immigration-Related Stress in a Culturally Adapted Parenting Intervention for Mexican-Origin Immigrants: Initial Positive Effects and Key Areas of Improvement

August 2019 | Family Process
Gabriela López‐Zerón, José Rubén Parra‐Cardona, & Hsueh‐Han Yeh

Adolescent views of mental illness stigma: An intersectional lens

June 2019 | The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Melissa DuPont-Reyes, Alice Villatoro, Jo C. Phelan, Kris Painter, & Bruce Link

“A high price paid”: Migration-related loss and distress among undocumented Mexican immigrants.

January | Journal of Latinx Psychology
Luz Garcini, Thania Galvan, Juan Peña, Elizabeth Klonoff, Deborah Parra-Medina, Khadija Ziauddin, & Christopher Fagundes 

Depression and physical activity affect diet quality of foreign-born Latina women on the U.S.-Mexico border

July 2019 | Nutrients 
Vanessa Errisuriz, Laura Delfausse, Alice Villatoro, Marisol McDaniel, Laura Esparza, & Deborah Parra-Medina

Developing Physical Activity Plans

December 2019 | Physical Activity and Public Health Practice
Jay Maddock & Laura Esparza

Disseminating the community advocacy project in Mexico: a feasibility study

August 2019 | Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Cris Sullivan, Elizabeth Aguilar, Gabriela López-Zerón, & José Rubén Parra-Cardona

Effects of full-fat dairy products on subclinical vascular function in adults with elevated blood pressure: a randomized clinical trial.

October 2019 | European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 
Stephen J. Roy, Brandon G. Fico, Brett D. Baker, Stephanie S. Lapierre, Jay A. Shah, Drew D. Gourley, Laura A. Delfausse & Hirofumi Tanaka

Efficacy of a multi-component intervention to promote physical activity among Latino adults: A randomized controlled trial

February 2019 | Preventive Medicine Reports
Tracie C. Collins, Liuqiang Lu, Gabriela Valverde, Ximena Silva, & Deborah Parra-Medina

"I don't feel like I have a problem because I can still go to work and function": Problem recognition among persons with substance use disorders

June 2019 | Substance Use and Misuse
Shannon Rogers, Miguel Pinedo, Alice Villatoro, & Sarah Zemore 

Language Brokering Experience Affects Feelings Toward Bilingualism, Language Knowledge, Use, and Practices: A Qualitative Approach

August 2019 | Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Belem Lopez, Esteffania Lezama, & Dagoberto Heredia Jr.

Media language preferences and mental illness stigma among Latinx adolescents

June 2019 | Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Melissa J DuPont-Reyes, Alice P Villatoro, Jo C Phelan, Kris Painter, Bruce G Link

Study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial to test “¡Míranos! Look at Us, We Are Healthy!” – an early childhood obesity prevention program

January 2019 | BMC Pediatrics
Zenong Yin, Sarah L. Ullevig, Erica Sosa, Yuanyuan Liang, Todd Olmstead, Jeffrey T. Howard, Vanessa L. Errisuriz, Vanessa M. Estrada, Cristina E. Martinez, Meizi He, Sharon Small, Cindy Schoenmakers, & Deborah Parra-Medina

The Association Between Acculturation and Parental Feeding Practices in Families With Overweight and Obese Hispanic/Latino Children

December 2019 | Diabetes
Cynthia Mojica, Yuanyuan Liang, Byron Foster, & Deborah Parra-Medina

The role of school race/ethnic composition on mental health outcomes: A systematic literature review

June 2019 | Journal of Adolescence
Melissa J DuPont-Reyes, Alice P Villatoro 

Using respondent-driven sampling to estimate homicide and motor vehicle crash risk among adolescents and young adults in a Latino community

April 2019 | Journal of Adolescent Health 
Manuel Ángel Oscós-Sánchez, Belinda Bustos Flores, Lorena Claeys, Yuanyuan Liang, Belem López, Marisol D McDaniel, Luz Dolores Oscós-Flores, Deborah Parra-Medina, Alice P Villatoro, & Paula Winkler



Active Learning Increases Children's Physical Activity across Demographic Subgroups.

January 2018 | Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine
John B. Bartholomew, Esbelle M. Jowers, Gregory Roberts, Anna-Mária Fall, Vanessa L. Errisuriz, & Sharon Vaughn

Systematic review of physical education-based physical activity interventions among elementary school children. A school-based intervention for mental illness stigma: A cluster randomized trial.

April 2018 | The Journal of Primary Prevention
Vanessa L. Errisuriz, Natalie M. Golaszewski, Katelyn Born, & John B. Bartholomew

A school-based intervention for mental illness stigma: A cluster randomized trial. 

March 2018 | Pediatrics 
Bruce Link, Melissa DuPont-Reyes, Kay Barkin, Alice Villatoro, Jo Phelan, & Kris Painter

Cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV vaccination: exploring gendered perspectives, knowledge, attitudes, and cultural taboos among Mexican American adults

2018 | Ethnicity and Health
Daisy Y. Morales-Campos, S. A. Snipes, E. K. Villarreal, L. C. Crocker, A. Guerrero & M. E. Fernandez
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Developing a patient-centered outcome for targeting early childhood obesity across multiple stakeholders

December 2018 | BMC Obesity
Byron Foster, Paula Winkler, Kelsey Weinstein, Deborah Parra-Medina

Evaluation of an anti-stigma mental health intervention in sixth-grade students: A field experiment.

August 2018 | Psychiatry Online
Kris Painter, Melissa DuPont-Reyes, Jo Phelan, Kay Barkin, Alice Villatoro, & Bruce Link

Interventions Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Latino Men: A Systematic Review

March 2018 | Preventing Chronic Disease
Cynthia Mojica, Deborah Parra-Media, Sally Vernon

Newcomers and old-timers: An erroneous assumption in mental health services use research

March 2019 | Health and Social Behavior 
Carol Aneshensel, Jenna van Draanen, Helene Riess, & Alice Villatoro

Parental recognition of preadolescent mental health problems: Does stigma matter?

November 2018 | Social Science & Medicine
Alice P. Villatoro, Melissa J. DuPont-Reyes, Jo C. Phelan, Kirstin Painter, Bruce G. Link
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Patterns of Aggressive Behaviors Across Mental Health in Sixth Graders

August 2018 | The Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Melissa J. DuPont-Reyes, Alice P. Villatoro, Jo C. Phelan, Kris Painter, Bruce G. Link
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Perceived need for mental health care: Intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.

August 2018 | Society and Mental Health
Alice Villatoro, Vickie Mays, Ninez Ponce, & Carol Aneshensel

Predictors of Hispanic mothers’ initiation and completion of HPV vaccination for their 11-17-year-old daughters in Texas

March 2018 | Family and Community Health 
Daisy Morales-Campos & Deborah Parra-Medina

Profiles of Language Brokering Experiences and Contextual Stressors: Implications for Adolescent Outcomes in Mexican Immigrant Families

August 2018 | Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Su Yeong Kim, Yang Hou, Jiaxiu Song, Seth J. Schwartz, Shanting Chen, Minyu Zhang, Krista M. Perreira, Deborah Parra-Medina

The Role of Social Support and the Neighborhood Environment on Physical Activity in Low-income, Mexican-American Women in South Texas

September 2018 | Journal of Preventative Medicine and Public Health
Jennifer Salinas, Marisol McDaniel, & Deborah Parra-Medina



A Lifestyle Intervention Via Email in Minority Breast Cancer Survivors-A Randomized Parallel-Group Feasibility Study

April 2017 | JMIR Cancer
Raheem Paxton, Richard Hajek, Patricia Newcomb, Megha Dobhal, Sujana Borra, Wendell Taylor, Deborah Parra-Medina, Shine Chang, Kerry Courneya, Gladys Block, Torin Block, & Lovell Jones

Bilingual category exemplar generation: Does prior language brokering experience matter?

September 2017 | Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
Belem Lopez & Jyotsna Vaid

Examining Differences in HPV Awareness and Knowledge and HPV Vaccine Awareness and Acceptibility between U.S. Hispanic and Island Puerto Rican Women

2017 | Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice
Daisy Y. Morales-Campos, PhD, Robin Vanderpool
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Fácil and a Piece of Cake: How Differences Among Bilinguals in Language Brokering Experience Affects Idiom Processing.

September 2017 | Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
Belem Lopez & Jyotsna Vaid

Living in Limbo: Latinas' Assessment of Lower Rio Grande Valley Colonias Communities

January 2017 | Public Health Nursing
DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias PhD, RN, FAAN, Patricia A. Sharpe PhD, MPH, Lourdes del Castillo-González PhD, MSW, Laura Treviño MEd, Deborah Parra-Medina MPH, PhD, FAAHB
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The Role of Food Insecurity and Perceived Stress on Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, and Percent Body Fat in Low-Income, Mexican-American Women in South Texas

May 2017 | Food and Public Health
Jennifer J. Salinas MSW, PhD, William Shropshire MPH, Ana Niño, Deborah Parra-Medina MPH, PhD, FAAHB
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Bilinguals’ Plausibility Judgments for Phrases with a Literal vs. Non-Literal Meaning: The Influence of Language Brokering Experience

December 2016 | Frontiers in Psychology 
Belem Lopez, Jyotsna Vaid, Sumeyra Tosun, & Chaitra Rao

Miranos! (Look at Us! We Are Healthy!): Home-Based and Parent Peer-Led Childhood Obesity Prevention

April 2019 | Health Promotion Practice
Erica Sosa, Deborah Parra-Medina, & Meizi He

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