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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

Dr. Barajas-Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD) in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Barajas-Gonzalez is the principal investigator of a study that examines the impact of immigration-related threat and stress on school communities. She is also a co-investigator of a RCT of ParentCorps, a population-level family-centered, school-based intervention that aims to strengthen family engagement and attenuate the adverse effects of poverty on child development.

Dr. Barajas-Gonzalez's research interests are very much influenced by her upbringing in a Mexican immigrant household and community. As a bilingual and bicultural developmental psychologist, she is interested in the prevention of mental health problems and the promotion of academic achievement and health in children from immigrant and ethnic minority populations. To this end, her work focuses on understanding the influence of poverty, discrimination, immigration threat and associated social stressors on caregiver health and mental health, family functioning, and child wellbeing. 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. 

Dr. Barajas-Gonzalez's research has been published in numerous journals including Pediatrics, the Journal of Family Psychology, Prevention Science, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, and Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Barajas-Gonzalez is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Prevention Research, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the National Latino Psychological Association. Dr. Barajas-Gonzalez earned a PhD in developmental psychology from Columbia University and hold a BA in human biology from Stanford University.



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PhD from Columbia University

Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela

Early Care and Education Workforce Stress and Needs in a Restrictive, Anti-Immigrant Climate. [S.l.] : Unrban Institute, 2021. 48 p. (4953902)

Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Huang, Keng-Yen; Hoque, Sharmin; Karim, Farzana; Shakir, Abushale; Cheng, Sabrina

Journal of health care for the poor & underserved. 2021; 32(2):799-818

Ursache, Alexandra; Kiely Gouley, Kathleen; Dawson-McClure, Spring; Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Calzada, Esther J; Goldfeld, Keith S; Brotman, Laurie M

Child development. 2020 Nov; 91(6):e1249-e1266

Lopez, Lisa M; Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Diaz, Guadalupe; Moreno, Franklin; Coll, Cynthia Garcia

Addressing Inequities in Education: Considerations for Latinx Children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19. [S.l.] : Society for Research in Child Development, 2020. (Statement of the evidence) 2 p. (4591592)

O'Gara, Jaimie L.; Calzada, Esther J.; LaBrenz, Catherine; Barajas-Gonzalez, R. Gabriela

Journal of child & family studies. 2020 Jan 01; ?-?

Internalizing behavior problems in Latinx children : patterns and correlates of anxiety, depressive and somatic symptoms from Pre-K through 3rd grade

Barajas-Gonzalez, RG; Calzada, E; Huang, KY

Mental and behavioral health of immigrants in the United States : cultural, environmental, and structural factors. Amsterdam : Academic Press, 2020. p.253-278. (4578312)

Applying a Community Violence Framework to Understand the Impact of Immigration Enforcement Threat on Latino Children

Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Ayon, Cecilia; Torres, Franco

Social policy report. 2018 Sep 25; 31(3):1-24