Research Studies in Progress

Below are listings of studies that are currently being conducted through the HDCI Research Lab. Several team members contribute at the different stages of implementation and analysis. The studies are listed in alphabetical order.

BARU PROJECT: A Network Analysis of Adolescents' Risk Taking Behaviors

This study is explores the degree to which gender ideologies influence perceptions of and engagement in sexual health risk taking activities among adolescents in Baru, Colombia.

Global SHEEK: Sexual Health Education, Empowerment & Knowledge

Emerging adults across three continents are being asked to share their perceptions of their own sexual literacy and identify the ways in which it shapes their sexual health decision making. Data collection is expected to be completed by Fall of 2019.

GP3: Girl Power Parenting Program

Drawing from the empericial research, this project seeks to explore the parents of urban, Black and Latinx adolescents' needs as it relates to parenting knowledge. Beyond identifying topics, this project will utlize three modes of dissemination to share the identified parenting information. Data collection is expected to be completed by Summer of 2019.

Hijras' Perceptions of GBV and Sexual Health Stigmas

Using qualitative methods, the perceptions that Hijras in Mysore, India held regarding gender based violence, stigma and sexual health are being examined. This study is being funded by the Fulbright Student Research Program of the United States. Hector will be living in Mysore for one year to conduct this research. Data collection is expected to be completed by Summer of 2019.

Hispanic Identity Development & Academic Achievement

Focusing on the intersections of ethnic idedenity, acculturation, and positionality, this study assesses the fesiblity of an online intervention that identifies the relevance of identity and academic goals. Data collection will begin in Spring 2019.

Hot Spots & Sex Trafficking

Focusing on the intersections of space, race, and positionality, this study examines perceptions of sex trafficking across high risk, urban centers. Data collection is expected to be completed by Fall of 2019.

Intersectional examination of sex Trafficking Perceptions

The ways in which race, class and gender perceptions influence attitudes toward sex trafficking victimization are explored in this study. Data collection is currently underway and is expected to be completed by Summer of 2019.

NIICE: National Identity, Immigration, Citizenship & Ethnicity

The prime object of this study is to understand how attitudes toward diverse immigrants populations influence the targets' mental health outcomes. Data collection will begin in Spring of 2019.

Network Analysis of Black Doctoral Students' Mentorship Experiences

This study is exploring Black doctoral students mentoring experiences through an examination of social network ties. The positive/ negative and degree of closeness in these relationships will be assessed. This was funded in part by the FIU Department of Psychology Graduate Student SEED Grant Award and the Complex Systems Society's Bridge Grant for Junior Researchers. Data collection is currently underway and is expected to be completed in Fall 2018.

Voices of the Victims

This qualitative study centers the experiences, perceptions and understandings of adolescent victims of sex trafficking. Familial and social network relationships are examined in the context of social services access. Data collection is currently underway and is expected to be completed by Summer of 2019.