Our research collaborative includes faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who examine how interpersonal, mediated, and institutional barriers and stressors negatively affect minoritized individuals. We also seek to identify individual (e.g., psychological and individual actions), interpersonal (e.g., communication with family, teachers, counselors, friends), community (e.g., community-based organizations), institutional (e.g., schools and universities), and government (e.g., state and federal policies) level factors that can attenuate the negative effects of barriers/stressors (i.e., buffer against the stress) and/or directly promote well-being (i.e., thriving).

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Using a stress, resilience, and thriving framework, our research focuses on four primary areas: (1) undocumented immigration, (2) language brokering, (3) immigrant family separation and reunification, and (4) communication-focused substance-use prevention.

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We conduct research with the hopes that our findings can inform the development of resources and services that high school administrators and staff; college/university administrators, staff, faculty, and students; Directors and Coordinators at college/university Undocumented Student Services and DREAM Centers; mental health professionals, and community-based organizations can use to reduce educational and health inequities. 

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Doctoral Student Monica Cornejo recently received a UC PromISE Fellow! UC PromISE, or the UC...

Jennifer Kam (PI) and Monica Cornejo (Co-I) recently received a grant to conduct semi-structured...

Congratulations to Doctoral Student Monica Cornejo for being awarded a CARE-UC Graduate...