CORE Research Team - University of Houston
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The CORE (COping & REsilience) Research Team aims to advance understanding in coping, resilience, and health behavior through innovative research and community engagement. Grounded in theories of stress and coping, health behavior, and counseling and development, our interdisciplinary team is dedicated to exploring the intersection of individual strengths and stressors within marginalized communities.

Our Goals


Research Areas

CORE's research activities center on two main populations: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer individuals, and people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. We seek to understand the unique strengths and stressors within these communities and how coping strategies influence overall well-being.

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Our Values

At CORE, we uphold several core values:

  • Expert Training: We prioritize providing students with expert training in research methodologies and dissemination techniques.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: We welcome undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines to engage in multidisciplinary research.
  • Applied Research: Our research is applied in nature, aiming to contribute to real-world solutions and inform community and public policy decisions.
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The Team

Led by Nathan Grant Smith, the CORE Research Team is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students within the Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences.

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