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Selected Diversity-Related Publications from UH Clinical Psychology Labs


Avila, J. F., Arce Rentería, M., Jones, R., Vonk, J. M. J., Turney, I., Sol, K., Seblova, N., Arias, F., Hill-Jarrett, T., Levy, S.-A., Meyer, O., Racine, A., Tom, S. E., Melrose, R. J., Deters, K., Medina, L. D., Carrion, C., Diaz-Santos, M., Byrd, D., Chesebro, A., Colon, J., Igwe, K. C., Maas, B., Schupf, N., Mayeux, R., Brickman, A. M., & Manly, J. (2021). Education differentially contributes to cognitive reserve across racial/ethnic groups. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 17, 70-80.  

Calhoun, C. D., Bernard, D. L., Medina, L. D., Behar, E., Smith, A. R., Miller, A. B., Franklin, J. C., Diaz Martinez, A. M., Scarpa, A., Nock, M. K., & Prinstein, M. J. (in press) Considering first-generation status among clinical psychology doctoral students. The Behavior Therapist

Goodman, Z. T., Llabre, M. M, Gonzalez, H. M., Lamar, M., Gallo, L. C., Tarraf, W., Perreira, K. M., López-Cevallos, D. F., Vásquez, P. M., Medina, L. D., Perera, M. J., Zeng, D., Bainter, S. A. (in press). Testing measurement equivalence of neurocognitive assessments across language in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Neuropsychology. 

Penner, F., Hernandez Ortiz, J., & Sharp, C. (2021). Change in youth mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in a majority Hispanic/Latinx U.S. sample. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 60(4), 513-523. 

Viana, A. G., Trent, E. S., & Silva, K. (in press). Anxiety and depression in Latino populations: Socio-cultural considerations and best practices. In E. L. Garey, & M. J. Zvolensky (Eds). Comprehensive Clinical Psychology (2nd ed). New York: Elsevier.


Brooks, J. R., Hong, J. H., Madubata, I. J., Odafe, M. O., Cheref, S., & Walker, R. L. (2020). The moderating effect of dispositional forgiveness on perceived racial discrimination and depressive symptoms for African American adults. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. 

Brooks, J. R., Hong, J., Cheref, S., & Walker, R. L. (2020). Capability for suicide: Discrimination as a painful and provocative event. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 50(6), 1173-1180.

Fazeli, P.L., Woods, S.P., Chapman, L., Waldrop-Valverde, D., & Vance, D.E. (2020). Neurocognitive functioning is associated with self-reported and performance based treatment management abilities in people living with HIV adults with low health literacy. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 24, 1592-1598.

Fazeli, P.L., Woods, S.P., Gakumo, C.A., Mugavero, M.J., & Vance, D.E. (2020). Critical, and not functional health literacy is associated with missed HIV clinic visits in adults and older adults living with HIV in the Deep South. AIDS Care, 32, 694-700.

Fazeli, P.L., Woods, S.P., & Vance, D.E. (2020). Successful functional aging in middle-aged and older adults with HIV. AIDS & Behavior, 24, 1592-1598.

Madubata, I. J., Cheref, S., Eades, N., Brooks, J., Talavera, D. C., & Walker, R. L. (2020).  Non-suicidal self-injury, neuroticism, and ethnic identity in young Latina adults. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 42(2), 528-586.

Medina, L. D., Torres, S., Gioia, A., Ochoa Lopez, A., Wang, J., & Cirino, P. T. (2020). Reporting of demographic variables in neuropsychological research: Update of O’Bryant et al.’s Trends in the current literature. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society (ePub ahead of print). 

Rodriguez-Cano, R., Garey, L., Bakhshaie, J., Shepherd, J. M., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2020). The synergetic effect of alcohol consumption and cigarettes per day on smoking outcomes expectancies among Latinx adult smokers. Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse, 1-22.

Shepherd, J. M., Bakhshaie, J., Nizio, P., Garey, L., Viana, A. G., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2020). Anxiety symptoms and smoking outcome expectancies among Spanish-speaking Latinx adult smokers: Exploring the role of anxiety sensitivity. Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse, 1-21.

Torres, S., Alexander, A., O’Bryant, S., & Medina, L. D. (2020). Cognition and the predictive utility of three risk scores in an ethnically diverse sample. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 75, 1049-1059. 

Viana, A. G., Bakhshaie, J., Raines, E. M., Lopez, A., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez, M., Lemaire, C., Mayorga, N. A., Walker, R., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2020). Anxiety sensitivity and acculturative stress facets among Latinx in primary care. Stigma and Health, 5, 22-28.

Walker, J. H., Venta, A. C., & Galicia, B. E. (2020). Who is taking care of Central American immigrant youth? Preliminary data on caregiving arrangements and psychopathology post-migration. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.

Zvolensky, M. J., Bakhshaie, J., Shepherd, J. M., Garey, L., Viana, A. G., & Peraza, N. (2020).  Anxiety symptoms and smoking among Latinx adult smokers: The importance of sensitivity to internal cues in terms of dependence, barriers for quitting, and quit problems. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 88-98.

Zvolensky, M. J., Kauffman, B. Y., Shepherd, J. M., Bogiaizian, D., Bakhshaie, J., Viana, A. G., Peraza, N., & Nizio, P. (2020). Pain intensity, pain-related anxiety, and somatic and mental health symptoms: a test among latinx young adults. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1-9.

Zvolensky, M. J., Kauffman, B. Y., Shepherd, J. M., Viana, A. G., Bogiaizian, D., Rogers, A. H., Bakhshaie, J., & Peraza, N. (2020). Pain-related anxiety among Latinx college students: Relations to body vigilance, worry, anxious arousal, and general depression. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 7, 498-507.

Zvolensky, M. J., Shepherd, J. M., Bakhshaie, J., Peraza, N., Garey, L., Mayorga, N. A., & Berger-Cardoso, J. (2020). Acculturative stress, anxiety sensitivity, and smoking among Spanish-speaking Latinx adult smokers. Substance Use and Misuse, 55, 1086-1096.


Babicz, M. A., Sullivan, K. L., Weinborn, M., Bucks, R. S., Ng, A., Hodgson, E., ... & Woods, S. P. (2019). Does the key task measure prospective memory? Cautionary findings from parallel studies in HIV disease and older adults.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 34(8), 1438-1444

Kauffman, B. Y., Rogers, A. H., Bakhshaie, J., Mayorga, N. A., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez, Lemaire, C., M. J., & Zvolensky, M. J., (2019). Examining the relationship between pain intensity and emotional eating among Latinos in a federally qualified health center: The role of anxiety sensitivity. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 21(6), 1217-1223

Manning, K., Rogers, A. H., Bakhshaie, J., Viana, A. G., Lemaire, C., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez, M., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2019). Heart focused anxiety among latinx in primary care: Relations to anxiety, depression, pain, and functional impairment.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 207(8), 651-658.  

Talavera, D.C., Odafe, M.O., Cheref, S., & Hong, J., Leslie, R. & Walker, R.L (2019). Stress in relation to anxiety and depression among racial/ethnic minority women: The differential impact of cultural mismatch on somatic and cognitive symptoms. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 47(2), 131-140.

Viana, A. G., Bakhshaie, J., Raines, E. M., Lopez, A., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez, M., Lemaire, C., Mayorga, N. A., Walker, R., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2019). Anxiety sensitivity and acculturative stress facets among Latinx in primary care.  Stigma and Health, 5(1), 22-28.

Zvolensky, M. J., Bakhshaie, J., Shepherd, J. M., Peraza, N., Garey, L., Viana, A. G., Glover, N., Brown, J. T., & Brown, R. A. (2019). Anxiety sensitivity and smoking among Spanish-speaking Latinx smokers.  Addictive Behaviors, 90, 55-61.

 Zvolensky, M. J., Kauffman, B. Y., Bogiaizian, D., Viana, A. G., Bakhshaie, J., Rogers, A. H., & Peraza, N. (2019). Worry among latinx young adults: Relations to pain experience, pain-related anxiety, and perceived health.  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 6(5), 981-989.

Zvolensky, M. J., Rogers, A. H., Bakhshaie, J., Viana, A. G., Walker, R., Mayorga, N. A., . . . Ochoa-Perez, M. (2019). Perceived racial discrimination, anxiety sensitivity, and mental health among Latinos in a federally qualified health center.  Stigma and Health


Gallagher, M. W.,  Long, L. J., Tsai, W., Stanton, A. J., Lu, Q. (2018). The Unexpected impact of expressive writing on posttraumatic stress and growth in Chinese American breast cancer survivors.   Journal of Clinical Psychology,   74(10), 1673–1686.  

Hong, J.H., Talavera, D.C., Odafe, M.O., Barr, C.D., Walker, R.L. (2018). Does purpose in life or ethnic identity moderate the association for racial discrimination and suicide ideation in racial/ethnic minority emerging adults? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology [Epub ahead of print].

Madubata, I.J., Odafe, M.O., Talavera, D.C., Hong, J.H., & Walker, R.L. (2018). Helplessness mediates racial discrimination and depression for African American young adults. Journal of Black Psychology [Epub ahead of print].

Nomamiukor, F. O., Smith, L. J., & Vujanovic, A. A. (2018). Examining associations between sleep disturbance and distress tolerance in trauma-exposed psychiatric inpatients. General Hospital Psychiatry, 55, 84-89. 

Paulus, D. J., Kauffman, B. Y., Garey, L., Jardin, C., Manning, K., Bakhshaie, J., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez, M., Lemaire, C., and Zvolensky, M. J., (2018). Examining the synergistic effects of two transdiagnostic vulnerability factors in relation to anxiety and depressive symptoms and disorders among Latinos in a community health care setting.   Behavior Modification,  42 (5), 661-683.

Vujanovic, A. A., Wardle, M. C., Bakhshaie, J., Smith, L. J., Green, C., Lane, S. D., & Schmitz, J. M. (2018). Distress tolerance: Associations with trauma and substance cue reactivity in low-income, inner-city adults with substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress . Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 32(3), 264-276. 

Walker, R. L., Hong, J. H., Talavera, D. C., Verduzco, M., & Woods, S. P. (2018). Health literacy and current CD4 cell count in a multiethnic US sample of adults. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 29(5), 498–504. 


Odafe, M.O., Salami, T., Walker, R.L. (2017). Race-related stress and hopelessness in community-based African American adults: Moderating role of social support. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23(4), 561-569

Kauffman, B. Y., Garey, L., Bakhshaie, J., Rodríguez, R., Jurado, C. S., Campos, C. P., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2017). Distress tolerance dimensions and smoking behavior among Mexican daily smokers: A preliminary investigation.   Addictive Behaviors, 69, 59-64.

Kordovski, V. M., Woods, S. P., Avci, G., Verduzco, M., & Morgan, E. E. (2017). Is the newest vital sign a useful measure of health literacy in HIV disease?.  Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC)16(6), 595-602.

Viana, A. G., Paulus, D. J., Bakhshaie, J., Garza, M., Valdivieso, J., Ochoa-Perez, M., Lemaire, C., Berger Cardoso, J., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2017). Emotional nonacceptance within the context of traumatic event exposure: The explanatory role of anxiety sensitivity for traumatic stress symptoms and disability among Latinos in primary care setting.  General Hospital Psychiatry, 44, 30-37.


Bakhshaie, J., Kauffman, B.Y., Viana, A.G., Monica, G., Ochoa-Perez. M., Lemaire, C., Bogiaizian, D., Robles, Z., Zvolensky, M.J. (2016). Synergistic effects of pain intensity and experiential avoidance in relation to anxiety symptoms and disorders among economically disadvantaged Latinos in a community-based primary care setting. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 48, 54-62.

Odafe, M.O., Talavera, D.C., Hong, J., Cheref, S., Walker, R.L. (2016). Suicide in racial and ethnic minority adults: A review of the last decade. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 12(2), 181-198.

Paulus, D.J., Bakhshaie, J., Lemaire, C., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez, M., Valdivieso, J., Velasco, R., Bogiaizian, D., Kauffman, B. Y., Robles, Z., Neighbors, C., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Negative affectivity and problematic alcohol use among Latinos in primary care: The role of emotion dysregulation.   Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 12(2), 137-147.