North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Assis­tant Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Human Ser­vices, Silvia Domínguez, has received the Health Dis­par­i­ties Research Loan Repay­ment (RLP) Award from the National Insti­tutes of Health (NIH). In exchange for a two-​​year research com­mit­ment by Domínguez into health issues impacting Boston’s immi­grant com­mu­nity, the award will for­give a sub­stan­tial amount of Domínguez’s edu­ca­tional debt.

This award pro­vides me not only with finan­cial relief, but also with pro­fes­sional sup­port for my two ongoing research projects into health dis­par­i­ties affecting minority groups,” said Domínguez. “As an ethno­g­ra­pher, I am par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in the under­lying dynamics leading to health dis­par­i­ties, including how vio­lent con­di­tions and mental health issues com­bined with cer­tain eco­nomic back­grounds influ­ence the lives of cur­rent, as well as future generations.”

Domínguez’s two pri­mary research studies focus on under­standing how domestic and neighborhood-​​based vio­lence influ­ence the mental health and eco­nomic self-​​sufficiency of low-​​income immi­grant and minority fam­i­lies. One study, titled “Three City Study of MTO [Moving to Oppor­tu­nity],” exam­ines how relo­ca­tion of minority fam­i­lies from very dis­ad­van­taged to less dis­ad­van­taged neigh­bor­hoods in Boston, Los Angeles and New York impacts their mental health and social cir­cum­stances. (MTO is a fed­eral gov­ern­ment pro­gram that helps African-​​American, European-​​American and Latin-​​American fam­i­lies relo­cate from very dis­ad­van­taged to less dis­ad­van­taged neighborhoods).

Domínguez’s other project under this Health Dis­par­i­ties RLP Award, titled “Parental Vio­lence Con­se­quences across Gen­er­a­tions Leading to Stag­na­tion in Poverty and a Vari­able in Health Dis­par­i­ties” aims to examine the family pat­terns that result from domestic vio­lence and have detri­mental effects on family mem­bers of con­se­quent gen­er­a­tions. This study will rely on data gath­ered by the “Wel­fare, Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies – Three City Study” project which includes the sub­stan­tial his­tory and dynamics of sev­eral fam­i­lies with chil­dren of 58 African-​​American and European-​​American women in Boston, San Antonio and Chicago.

Both studies have impor­tant impli­ca­tions for the devel­op­ment of social poli­cies aimed at pro­moting social mobility among women and their fam­i­lies affected by vio­lence. Thus, Domínguez is preparing a policy brief in con­junc­tion with the Wash­ington D.C.-based Urban Insti­tute, sched­uled to be released in Sep­tember in time for the return of leg­is­la­tors. The brief will be fol­lowed by an article on the same topic.

For more infor­ma­tion on Silvia Domínguez’ research, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.neu​.edu.