The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Mental Health

This policy brief describes and evaluates the levels of stress, anxiety, and depressive  symptomatology and coping  behaviors among HCWPs. It offers recommendations for healthcare facilities, employers, and associations of healthcare professionals.
Keywords: COVID-19, healthcare providers, personal stressors, discrimination
Collaborators: Nelly Salgado de Snyder, Alice  Villatoro, Marisol McDaniel, Deborah Parra-Medina  


Karma Chávez interviews Nelly Salgado de Snyder about her recent study of stress among healthcare providers.
Keywords: COVID-19, stress, healthcare providers, Latino
Collaborators: Nelly Salgado de Snyder


This study explores the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and well-being of Latinx caregivers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It (1) identifies which social determinants of health are correlated with maternal caregivers perceived general health, mental health, and well-being; (2) explores the impact of the pandemic on families’ overall eating and physical activity routines; and (3) identifies emergent themes from caregivers’ experiences during the pandemic.
Keywords: COVID-19, disability, Latinx, mental health, well-being
Collaborators: Vanessa L. Errisuriz, Sandra Vanegas, Deborah Parra-Medina, Sandy Magaña



Areas of Research

The Impact of COVID on Latino Communities
Mental Health
Education/College Life