The abundant diversity of immigrants provides remarkable opportunities for analyses, and has the potential to offer insights into the causes of health and disease in sending and receiving countries. It is critical to develop and apply innovative and rigorous methodological tools capable of capturing the complexity of immigrant lives. The publications listed here contribute methodological insights—both quantitative and qualitative—in this regard.


Vakalahi, H. F. O., & Ihara, E. S. (In press). Lessons learned from conducting research in indigenous cultures. Families in Society.

Viruell-Fuentes, E. A., Morenoff, J. D., Williams, D. R., & House, J. S. (In press). Language of interview, self-rated health, and the other Latino health puzzle. American Journal of Public Health.

Abdulrahim, S., El Shareef, M., Alameddine, M., Afifi, R. A., & Hammad, S. (2010). The potentials and challenges of an academic-community partnership in a low-trust urban context. Journal of Urban Health, 87(6), 1017-1020.

Mojica, C. M., & Bastani, R. (2010). Receipt of diagnostic tests for breast cancer: Validity of self-reports among low-income, mostly Latina, indigent women. Evaluation & the Health Proffesions 33(4), 437-451.

Makhoul, J., Nakkash, R. T., El Hajj, T., Abdulrahim, S., Kanj, M., Mahfoud, Z., et al. (2010). Development and validation of the Arab Youth Mental Health Scale. Community Mental Health Journal.

Acevedo-Garcia, D., & Osypuk, T. L. (2008). Invited commentary: Residential segregation and health-the complexity of modeling separate social contexts. American Journal of Epidemiology, 168(11), 1255-1258.

Larios, S. E., Ayala, G. X., Arredondo, E. M., Baquero, B., & Elder, J. P. (2009). Development and validation of a scale to measure Latino parenting strategies related to children's obesigenic behaviors: The parenting strategies for eating and activity scale (PEAS). Appetite, 52(1), 166-172.

Osypuk, T. L., & Galea, S. (2007). What level macro? Choosing appropriate levels for modeling space, place, and health. In S. Galea (Ed.), Macrosocial determinants of population health (pp. 399-435). New York, NY: Springer Media.

Snipes, S. A., Thompson, B., O'Connor, K., Godina, R., & Ibarra, G. (2007). Anthropological and psychological merge: Design of a stress measure for Mexican farmworkers. Culture Medicine and Psychiatry, 31(3), 359-388.

Viruell-Fuentes, E. A. (2007). Beyond acculturation: Immigration, discrimination, and health research among Mexicans in the United States. Social Science & Medicine, 65(7), 1524-1535.

Israel, B., Schulz, A. J., Estrada-Martinez, L., Zenk, S. N., Viruell-Fuentes, E. A., Villarruel, A., et al. (2006). Engaging Urban Residents in Assessing Neighborhood Environments and their Implications for Health. Journal of Urban Health, 83(3), 523-539.

Echeverria, S. E., Diez-Roux, A. V., & Link, B. G. (2004). Reliability of self-reported neighborhood characteristics. Journal of Urban Health, 81(4), 682-701.

Metzler, M. M., Higgins, D. L., Beeker, C. G., Freudenberg, N., Lantz, P., Senturia, K. D., et al. (2003). Addressing Urban Health in Detroit, New York, and Seattle through Community-based Participatory Research Partnerships. American Journal of Public Health, 93(5), 803-811.

Acevedo-Garcia, D., Lochner, K. A., Osypuk, T. L., & Subramanian, S. V. (2003). Future directions in residential segregation and health research: A multilevel approach. American Journal of Public Health, 93(2), 215-221.

Clayson, Z., Castaneda, X., Sanchez, E. V., & Brindis, C. (2002). Unequal power, changing landscapes: The role of the evaluator in Latino communities. American Journal of Evaluation.

Lantz, P. M., Viruell-Fuentes, E. A., Israel, B., Softley, D., & Guzman, R. (2001). Can communities and academia work together on public health research? Evaluation results from a community-based participatory research partnership in Detroit. Journal of Urban Health, 78(3), 495-507.