Current Studies

Note: (PI) stands for Principal Investigator; (I) stands for Investigator.

The Maryvale Family-Wellbeing Project
Investigators: Rebecca Birr (Co-PI); Micaela Mercado (Co-PI); Cady Berkel (Co-I); Paige Safyer (Co-I)
Funding: Watts College One Square Mile Initiative/Family Learning Center, Valleywise Community Health Centers, 2021-22

Using a community-based participatory research approach, this project partners with the Family Learning Center and the Hispanic/Latino families they serve to improve parents’ knowledge about adult/child behavioral and mental health issues and services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eliminating COVID-19 Disparities in Arizona in Partnership with Underserved/Vulnerable Communities
Investigators: Flavio Marsiglia (PI); Stephanie Ayers (Co-I); Tomas Leon (Co-I); Li Liu (Co-I); Vel Murugan (Co-I); Hyunsung Oh (Co-I); Susan Pepin (Co-I)
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2020-2022

The projects aim is to increase access, acceptance, uptake, and sustainability of COVID-19 testing among underserved American Indian, Latinx, and African American communities living in testing deserts in Arizona through the implementation and evaluation of an innovative community-engaged intervention.  It combines the R.A.P.I.D. testing model of Equality Health with a FDA-authorized saliva-based diagnostic test developed by the Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. 

Arizona CEAL COVID Consortium: Promoting Health Equity during the COVID Pandemic
Principal Investigators: 
Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, University of Arizona; Chyke Doubeni, MD, Mayo Clinic; Sabrina Oesterle, PhD, Arizona State University; Samantha Sabo, DrPH, Northern Arizona University
Funding: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2020-21

The overarching goal of the AC3 is to conduct community-engaged research and outreach to increase COVID-19 awareness and education among communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 (including Arizona’s Latino, American Indian, and African American communities) and to reduce misinformation and mistrust.

Culture, Longitudinal Patterns, and Safety Promotion of Handgun Carrying among Rural Adolescents: Implications for Injury Prevention
Investigators: Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, University of Washington (PI); Sabrina Oesterle (I)                 
Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020-22

The study focuses on rural communities where the high levels of firearm access and mortality, cultural influences, attitudes and risks associated with youth handgun carrying are understudied and underserved. The study is a collaboration with investigators from the University of Washington, Washington State University, Arizona State University, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Promoting Health and Well-being among Latino Youth in Rural and Small Town Communities in the United States
Investigators: Katarina Guttmannova, University of Washington (PI); Sabrina Oesterle (I)                    
Funding: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2020-24

This project uses existing community-based longitudinal as well as national cross-sectional data to examine influences on health and well-being of rural Latino youth to understand health disparities in substance use and associated risk and protective factors.

Proximal and Distal Pathways to Young Adult Opioid Misuse
Investigators: Sabrina Oesterle (PI); Jennifer Bailey, University of Washington (I)
Funding: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2019-2020  

This study examines two potential pathways into young adult (YA) opioid misuse, an adolescent risk and prior substance use pathway and a YA risk and dysfunction pathway, and tests whether pathways to YA opioid misuse differ for YA men and women, those living in rural compared to urban areas, or those living in more or less permissive marijuana environments.

The Relationship between Permissive Social, Normative, and Legal Marijuana Environments and Marijuana and ATOD use from Late Childhood to Young Adulthood
Investigators: Sabrina Oesterle (PI); Margaret Kuklinski, University of Washington (PI)
Funding: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018-2023

This study examines the interplay of social, normative, and legal marijuana contexts and its impact on marijuana and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use from late childhood to the late 20s using survey data collected from a cohort of young adults followed since Grade 5 as part of the randomized trial of the Communities That Care (CTC) prevention system. The project also examines long-term effects of CTC on substance use and other behavioral health outcomes in young adulthood. 

Leveraging Bio-Cultural Mechanisms to Maximize the Impact of Multi-Level Preventable Disease Interventions with Southwest Populations
Investigator: Flavio Marsiglia (PI)
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2017-2022

Every Little Step Counts: Follow-up of a Culturally-Grounded Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents
Investigator: Gabriel Shaibi(PI)
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2017-2022

Multi-level Effects of a Parenting Intervention for Enhancing Latino Youth Health Behaviors

Investigator: Sonia Vega-López (PI)
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2017-2022