The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative


Vanessa Errisuriz 
Research Associate, Latino Research Institute, UT Austin  
Expertise: Socioecological determinants of childhood obesity; rural health disparities; racial/ethnic disparities in obesity-related health behaviors


Luz Garcini 
Assistant Professor, Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH), UT Health San Antonio; Faculty Scholar, Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy  
Expertise: Immigration related-distress and trauma; barriers to health service utilization; health needs of Latinx immigrants in the face adversity


Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, UT Austin  
Expertise: Health and service disparities, interventions to reduce disparities, autism, Latinx families of children with developmental disabilities  


Marisol McDaniel
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, UT Austin  
Expertise: Food access, intersectionality, social and health equity among individuals who belong to multiple marginalized social identity groups


Director, Latino Research Institute; Professor, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, UT Austin
Expertise: Parent training, cultural adaptation of evidence- based parenting interventions for low-income Latina/o communities


Deborah Parra-Medina
Director, Latino Research Institute; Professor, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, UT Austin
Expertise: Community-based health promotion, underserved communities, social determinants of Health, health disparities, participatory research methods, mHealth


Miguel Pinedo
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, UT Austin  
Expertise: Deportations, substance abuse, treatment utilization


Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez
Professor, School of Journalism; Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, UT Austin’ Director, Voces Oral History Project, UT Austin  
Expertise: Oral history, journalism, news media, video and audio


Rogelio Saenz
Professor, College for Health, Community & Policy, UTSA  
Expertise: Demography, race, immigration, health, public policy, and social justice


Senior Researcher and Professor, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública de México; Distinguished Research Fellow, Latino Research Institute, UT Austin
Expertise: Health disparities, social determinants of heath, global health, immigrants, mental health


Carmen Valdez
Associate Professor, Population Health (Dell Medical School), Steve Hicks School of Social Work, UT Austin  
Expertise: young adult mental health; community engagement 


Sandra Vanegas
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Texas State University  
Expertise: Child development, language development and bilingualism, autism spectrum disorders, disabilities, parenting