My program of research is broadly focused on how our social lives influence our health, for better and worse. I am particularly interested in the relationship between personality, relationships, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and the biobehavioral mechanisms underlying these relationship.
I am also studying racial/ethnic health disparities, particularly the epidemiological phenomenon referred to as the Hispanic Mortality Paradox.
Examining psychosocial influences on health
Studying the biological/behavioral pathways linking stress and heart disease
Investigating psychological aspects of resilience in Latino health and health disparities, including the Hispanic mortality paradox