Publications and Grants

Publications | Grant Contributions


Dr. Hyejin Jung

Jung, H., & Aguilar, J. (2016). Everyone’s responsibility: Community partnerships and shared commitment for mental health promotion. Social Work in Mental Health. 14(5), 474-496. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2015.1130009

Jung, H., von Sternberg, K., & Davis, K. (2016). Expanding a measure of mental health literacy: Development and validation of a multicomponent mental health literacy measure. Psychiatry Research, 243, 278-286. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.06.034

Jang, Y., Park, N., Yoon, H., Ko, J., Jung, H., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2016). Mental health literacy in religious leaders: A qualitative study of Korean American clergy. Health & Social Care in the Community. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12316

Dr. Mark Lusk

Lusk, M. & Chavez, S. (2016). Mental health and the role of culture and resilience in refugees fleeing violence. Environment and Social Psychology, 2(1), 1-13.

Dr. Eva Moya

Moya, E. M., Chavez Baray, S. M., Torres‐Sajquim, M., Gardea‐Torresday, J., Martinez, O., Levine, E. C., Quintana, D. (2017). In Pursuit of Safe Drinking Water in the Texas‐Mexico Border Region: A Matter of Social Justice. SDRP Journal of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies, 21, 9.

Martínez, O., Munoz-Laboy, M., Levine, E., Starks, T., Dolezal, C., Dodge, B., Icard, L., Moya, E., Chavez-Baray, S., Rhodes, S., Fernandez, M. I. (2016). Relationship factors associated with sexual risk behavior and high-risk alcohol consumption among latino men who have sex with men: challenges and opportunities to intervene on hiv risk. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(7). DOI 10.1007/s10508-016-0835-y.

Moya, E. M., Chávez-Baray, S., Wood, W., Martinez, O. (2016). Nuestra Casa: An Advocacy Initiative to Reduce Inequalities and Tuberculosis along the US-Mexico Border. International Public Health Journal, 8(2).

Moya, E.M., Chávez-Baray, S.M., Esparza, O.A., Calderón, L., Castañeda, E., Villalobos, G., Eguiluz, I., Martínez, E.A., Herrera, K., Llamas, T., Arteaga, M., Díaz, L., Najera, M., Landa, N., y Escobedo, V. (2016). El síndrome de ulises en inmigrantes económicos y políticos en méxico y estados unidos. Ehquidad International Welfare Policies and Social Work Journal, 5, 11-50. DOI.10.15257/ehquidad.2016.0001.

Martinez, O., Wu, E., Levine, E., Spadafino, J., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Dodge, B., Rhodes, S. D., López Rios, J., Ovejero, H., Moya, E., Chavez-Baray, S., Carballo-Diéguez, A., Fernandez, M. I. (2016). Syndemic factors associated with drinking patterns among latino men and latina transgender women who have sex with men in new york city". Addiction Research & Theory, 24(6), 466-476.

Moya, E., Chávez-Baray, O., Martínez, O., Aguirre-Polanco, A. (2016) Exploring Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Health Needs in the Southwest United States: Perspectives from Health and Human Service Workers. Health and Social Work. DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hlv080.

Dr. Yok-Fong Paat

Paat, Y.-F. (2017). The roles of family, neighborhood, and school contextual factors on social work minority students’ educational aspirations and integration. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. doi: 10.1080/10911359.2016.1272524

Paat, Y.-F., Hope, T. L., Lopez, L. C., Zamora, H., Jr., & Salas, C. M. (2017). Perceptions of strain and social integration among Hispanic ex-convicts. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 56(2), 87-109. doi: 10.1080/10509674.2016.1268233

Paat, Y.-F. & Markham, C. (2016). Young women’s sexual involvement in emerging adulthood. Social Work in Health Care, 55(8), 559-579. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2016.1199454

Paat, Y.-F. & Markham, C. (2016). A gendered approach to understanding the roles of social bonding, personal control, and strain on college dating violence in emerging adulthood. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 25(8), 793-811. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2016.1194938

Paat, Y.-F., & Markham, C. (2016). The roles of family factors and relationship dynamics on dating violence victimization and perpetration among college men and women in emerging adulthood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260516640544

Paat, Y.-F. (2016). Strain, psychological conflicts, aspirations-attainment gap, and depressive tendencies among youth of Mexican immigrants. Social Work in Public Health, 31(1), 19-29. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2015.1087910

Paat, Y.-F. (2016). Life course, altruism, rational choice, and aspiration in social work education. Research Papers in Education, 31(2), 234-253. doi: 10.1080/02671522.2015.1027725

Dr. Kathryn Schmidt

McCormick, A., Schmidt, K., and Terrazas, S. (2016). “LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system: An overview of research, policy, and practice.” Journal of Public Child Welfare. 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2016.1221368.

McCormick, A., Schmidt, K., & Terrazas, S. (2016). “Foster family acceptance: Understanding the role of foster family acceptance in the lives of foster youth.” Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 69-74.

Grant Contributions


Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – “Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Grant”
PI: Berger, C.
Co-PI: Schmidt, K. & Armendariz, A.
Amount Awarded: $397,553/year


Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – “Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students”
PI: Berger, C.
Co-PI: Schmidt, K.
Amount Awarded: $2,548,404

National Institute of Nursing Research – “Ed-HPV: A Community Approach using Education and Technology to Increase HPC Vaccination”

PI: Aragones, A.
Co-PI: Moya, E. & Tonda, J.
Amount Awarded: $398,400


Programa de Investigación en Migración y Salud (PIMSA) – “The Impact of Aging in Place Among Elderly People Migrating to the U.S.”
PI: Lopez, A.
Co-PI: Berger, C. & Llera, F.
Amount Awarded: $28,200


Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – “Parent Partners Project” (Renewal)
PI: Berger, C.
Amount Awarded: $125,000

The University of Texas at El Paso, BUILDing SCHOLARS Seed Funding Program – “Outcomes Associated with Latin@ Student Engagement in an Interdisciplinary CURE”
PI: Olimpo, J.
Co-PI: Paat, Y.-F.
Amount Awarded: $19,959

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions – “Bidirectional Exchange of Global Sexual Health Hazards in International Travels: Implications for Border Security”
PI: Paat, Y.-F.
Amount Awarded: $26,215.40


National Science Foundation – “Engineering Research Center for Off-Grid Nanotechnology Enables Water Treatment Systems (NEWT)”
PI: Gardea-Torresdey, J.
Co-PI: Villagran, D., Noveron, J., Walker, S., & Moya, E.
Amount Awarded: $1,843,751

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic – “The University of Texas at El Paso Coordinated Community Response Initiative for Reduction of Sexual Assault”
PI: Mangadu, T.
Co-PI: Paat, Y.-F.
Amount Awarded: $299,995


Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – “Borderland Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative”
PI: Berger, C.
Co-PI: Schmidt, K. & Armendariz, A.
Amount Awarded: $801,504