My research focuses on health risk behaviors and chronic illness management among youths. Specifically, I have examined psychosocial factors associated with lung health, such as cigarette use and adherence to asthma therapy among minority youths and families.
Currently, I am conducting a pilot study to examine psychosocial factors associated with smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke among adolescents with asthma.
I integrate my background in developmental psychology with approaches drawn from public health and behavioral medicine. My research has included a variety of methodologies ranging from Palm Pilot diaries of individual behaviors, implementation and evaluation of the randomized controlled intervention trials, to the analyses of population-based datasets. Attention to the roles of culture/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and development is central to my research programs.