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R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez

R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Latino health, Parenting, Social stressors, Mental health, Equity and social justice, Mixed methods, Immigrant health, Health disparities, Community engaged research

As a bilingual developmental psychologist and community-engaged researcher, my research aims to reduce disparities in Latinx children’s mental health, health, and academic achievement by understanding how social stressors (e.g. immigration threat, financial hardship, racism) influence Latinx and immigrant caregivers and child well-being so as to inform intervention, policy, and practice. A second line of research investigates the impact of early interventions on parent and child outcomes, focusing on the child-, family-, and teacher-level factors that may moderate the association between early intervention participation and later outcomes. 

My research interests are very much influenced by my upbringing in a Mexican immigrant household and community. My research has been published in numerous journals including Pediatrics, Social Science & Medicine, SSM-Mental Health, Prevention Science, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, and Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. I earned a PhD in developmental psychology from Columbia University and hold a BA in human biology from Stanford University.



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New York, NY 10016

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PhD from Columbia University

Miller, Elizabeth B; Canfield, Caitlin F; Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Chung, Alicia; Katter, Julie; Kerker, Bonnie D

PLoS one. 2023; 18(9):e0290985

Ursache, Alexandra; Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Adhikari, Samrachana; Kamboukos, Dimitra; Brotman, Laurie M; Dawson-McClure, Spring

SSM - Population health. 2022 Mar; 17:101053

Barajas-Gonzalez, R. Gabriela; Linares Torres, Heliana; Urcuyo, Anya; Salamanca, Elaine; Santos, Melissa; Pagán, Olga

Journal of Latinos & education. 2022 Jan 01; ?-?

Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Ursache, Alexandra; Kamboukos, Dimitra; Huang, Keng-Yen; Dawson-McClure, Spring; Urcuyo, Anya; Huang, Tiffany June Jay; Brotman, Laurie Miller

American journal of orthopsychiatry. 2022 Dec; 92(2):176-189

Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Torres, Heliana Linares; Urcuyo, Anya; Salamanca, Elaine; Kourousias, Lorena

SSM. Mental health. 2022; 2:?

"You're Part of Some Hope and Then You Fall into Despair": Exploring the Impact of a Restrictive Immigration Climate on Educators in Latinx Immigrant Communities

Barajas-Gonzalez, R. Gabriela; Torres, Heliana Linares; Urcuyo, Anya; Salamanca, Elaine; Santos, Melissa; Pagan, Olga

Journal of Latinos & education. 2022;