Welcome to the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center's website.

In September 2017, SIRC received funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) establishing it as a U54 Specialized Center (PI, Dr. Flavio F. Marsiglia). The overarching goal of this new award is to advance knowledge on how to prevent substance abuse disorders and cardio metabolic disease in Southwest communities most affected by health disparities. The new initiative builds on SIRC’s accumulated expertise in this area over the past 10 years as an NIMHD Exploratory Center of Excellence (NIMHD/NIH P20MD002316). The U54 grant is a competitive continuation award to the previous two P20 grants (2007-2017).

SIRC’s mission is to generate use-inspired knowledge and interventions on social and cultural determinants of health in partnership with communities of the Southwest to prevent, reduce and eliminate health disparities.  Our research and evaluation projects are interrelated to maintain communication and participation with and among our Faculty Affiliates, Students, and Community Partners. 

I hope that you visit the SIRC website often and that you will share the vision and excitement that motivates our work. We encourage you to contact us. We welcome your opinions and participation as we continue to build a strong research center.


James Herbert Williams, PhD
Director, School of Social Work
Interim Director, SIRC