The concepts and theories utilized in examining immigrant health outcomes have methodological and practice implications. By informing the interpretation of empirical results, theories can influence the development of effective multi-level interventions that promote health and wellbeing among immigrants. The publications listed below offer conceptual and theoretical directions to the field of immigrant health.


Viruell-Fuentes, E. A. (2011). “It’s a lot of work”: Racialization processes, ethnic identity formations, and their health implications. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 8(Spring), 37-52.

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

Gee, G. C., Ro, A., Shariff-Marco, S., & Chae, D. (2009). Racial discrimination and health among Asian Americans: Evidence, assessment, and directions for future research. Epidemiologic Reviews, 31(1), 130-151.

Viruell-Fuentes, E. A., & Schulz, A. J. (2009). Toward a dynamic conceptualization of social ties and context: Implications for understanding immigrant and Latino health. American Journal of Public Health, 99(12), 2167-2175.

Dallo, F. J., Ajrouch, K. J., & Al-Snih, S. (2008). The ancestry question and ethnic heterogeneity: The case of Arab Americans. International Migration Review, 42(2), 505-517.

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.

Subramanian, S. V., Acevedo-Garcia, D., & Osypuk, T. L. (2005). Racial residential segregation and geographic heterogeneity in black/white disparity in poor self-rated health in the US: A multilevel statistical analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 60(8), 1667-1679.

Clayson, Z., Castaneda, X., Sanchez, E. V., & Brindis, C. (2003). The intersection of culture, health and systems. In G. Cernada, Torres, I. (Ed.), Sexual and reproductive health promotion in Latino populations. Parteras, promotoras y poetas. Case Stuudies across the Americas. Amityville, NY.: Baywood