NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Funded R01 to study mindfulness-based interventions in racially/ethnically diverse low-income women with substance use disorders.

Principal Investigator: Hortensia Amaro, PhD

"Neural Mechanisms of women’s early recovery"    2015-2019

A gap in knowledge persists regarding the use of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) with racially/ethnically diverse low-income women with substance use disorders (SUDs), especially regarding the efficacy of adapted MBIs for preventing residential dropout and decreasing relapse. The long-term goal of this proposal is to improve treatment outcomes in racially/ethnically diverse low-income women with SUDs by targeting stress, residential dropout, and relapse.

Sponsor: NIDA for $2.2 million.

NIH/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Funded R01 to prevent type 2 diabetes in adolescents

Principal Investigator: Marc J. Weigensberg, MD

"Guided imagery lifestyle intervention to prevent and treat obesity in Latino youth"      2013-2018

The overall aim of this study is to isolate the contribution of each of the major components of the Imagine HEALTH intervention (didactic lifestyle education, stress-reduction guided imagery, and behavioral guided imagery) on short-term (12-week) and long-term (15 month) stress-reduction and behavioral outcomes in predominantly Latino high school students.