Behavioral Health

Almeida J, Subramanian SV, Kawachi I, Molnar BE. Is blood thicker than water? Social support, depression and the modifying role of ethnicity/nativity status. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2011; Vol. 65: 51-56.

Meléndez, M., Cortés, D.E., and Amaro, H. (2012). Acceptability and cultural fit of Spiritual Self-Schema Therapy for Puerto Rican women with addiction disorders: Qualitative Findings. Women and Therapy, 35, 106-119.

Osypuk, T.L., Schmidt, N.M., Bates, L.M., Tchetgen Tchetgen, E.J., Earls, F.J., & Glymour, M.M. (2012). Gender and crime victimization modify neighborhood effects on mental health. Pediatrics, 130(3), 472-481.

Osypuk, T.L., Tchetgen Tchetgen, E., Acevedo-Garcia, D., Earls, F.J., Lincoln, A., Schmidt, N.M., & Glymour, M.M. (2012). Differential mental health effects of neighborhood relocation among youth in vulnerable families: Results from a randomized trial. JAMA Psychiatry (formerly known as Archives of General Psychiatry), 69(12), 1284-1294.

Schmidt, N.M., Tchetgen Tchetgen, E., Ehntholt, A., Almeida, J., Nguyen, Q.C., Molnar, B., Azrael, D., & Osypuk, T.L. (in press, 2014). Does neighborhood social capital change over time? The Boston Neighborhood Survey. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(1), 61-79.

Nguyen, Q.C., Schmidt, N.M., Glymour, M.M., Rehkopf, D., & Ospyuk, T.L. (in press). Were the mental health benefits of a housing mobility intervention larger for adolescents in higher socioeconomic status families? Health & Place. Available online 24 May 2013, DOI:

Lizotte, A.J., Phillips, M.D., Krohn, M.D., Thornberry, T.P., Bushway, S.D., & Schmidt, N.M. (2013). Like parent like child? Parental trajectories of offending as predictors of children’s antisocial behavior. Justice Quarterly. Available online 13 March 2013, DOI:

HIV and STIs

Jones, R. (2012). Handheld computers to run ACASI to assess HIV risk and deliver tailored soap opera video feedback: Acceptability among young adult urban women. DOI: 10.1016/j.jana.2011.04.001 Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23 (3).260-267

Jones, Rachel, Donald R. Hoover, and Lorraine J. Lacroix. “A randomized controlled trial of soap opera videos streamed to smartphones to reduce risk of sexually transmitted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in young urban African American women.” Nursing outlook (2013).

Jones, R. & Lacroix, L.J. (2012). Streaming weekly soap opera video episodes to smartphones in a randomization controled trial to reduce HIV Risk in Young Urban African American/Black Women. AIDS and Behavior. 16; 1341 – 1358.

Obesity/Chronic Disease Prevention

Agrawal T, Hoffman J, Ahl M, Bhaumik U, Healey C, Carter S, Joyce D, Dickerson D, Nethersole S, Castaneda-Sceppa C. Collaborating for impact: Partnership and programming model of a multi-level early childhood obesity prevention initiative. Journal of Family and Community Health 2012;35(3):192–202.

Binder EF, He J, Bhasin S, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Schroeder ET, Roubenoff R, Yarasheski KE, Azen SP, Sattler, FR. Effects of Testosterone with and without Growth Hormone Supplementation on Bone Markers and Bone Mineral Density in Healthy Older Men.Osteoporosis International: in review.

Castaneda-Sceppa C, Hoffman JA, Thomas J, DuBois M, Agrawal T, Griffin D, Bhaumik U, Healey CL, Dickerson D, Nethersole S, Wirth C. Open Gym: A Model for Community-Academia Partnership to Promote Physical Activity among Families with Young Children. Journal of Family and Community Health: in review.

Cortés, D.E., Millán-Ferro, A., Schneider, K., Vega, R.R., and Caballero, A.E. (2013). Improving food purchasing selection among low-income, Spanish-speaking Latinos. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(3S3), S267-S273.

Dimitrova, E., Panayotova, Y., Anna Alexandrova-Karamanova, Todorova, I. (In press) Doctors’ and parents’ perspectives on communication regarding HPV vaccination in Bulgaria. Chapter in: Health, Culture and the Human Body: Epidemiology, ethics and history of medicine, perspectives from Turkey and Central Europe

He J, Bhasin S, Binder EF, Yarasheski KE, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Schroeder ET, Roubenoff R, Chou C-P, Azen SP, Sattler FR. Cardiometabolic Risks During Anabolic Hormone Supplementation in Older Men. Obesity 2012; doi: 10.1002/oby.20081.

Hoffman J, Agrawal T, Carter S, Grinder A, Castaneda-Sceppa C. Cultural/Favorite Recipe Day: Strengthening Approaches to Increase Culturally Diverse Foods Served in Head Start Meals. NHSA Dialog 2012;15(3):266–271.

Hoffman JA, Agrawal T, Thompson D, Ferguson T, Grinder AM, Carter S, Healey C, Bhaumik U,Castaneda-Sceppa C. Increasing Culturally Diverse Foods in Head Start Meals Using a Collaborative Approach: Lessons Learned for School Food Service Modifications. NHSA Dialog 2012; 15(3):246–259.

Hoffman J, Agrawal R, Wirth C, Watts C, Adeduntun G, Myles L, Castaneda-Sceppa C. Farm to Family: Increasing Access to Affordable Fruits and Vegetables among Head Start Families. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 2012; 7:165-177.

Munshi, M., Segal, A., Suhl, E., Ryan, C., Sternthal, A., Giusti, J., Lee, Y., Fitzgerald, S., Staum, E., Bonsignor, P., Desrochers, L., McCartney, R., Weigner, K. Assessment of Barriers to Improve Diabetes Management in Older Adults: A randomized controlled study. Diabetes Care, 2013; 36(3): 543-9. doi: 10.2337/dc12-1303

Todorova I, Tejada S, Castaneda-Sceppa C. “Let’s Stretch Life a Bit”: Perspectives of Puerto Rican Adults about Heart Health and a Community Based Intervention. American Journal of Health Education: in review.

Van Rompay MI, McKeown NM, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Carbohydrate Nutrition, Dyslipidemia, and Type 2 Diabetes in Puerto Rican Adults in Massachusetts. Journal of Nutrition: in press.

Van Rompay MI, McKeown NM, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Falcon, LM, Ordovas, JM, & Tucker, KL. Acculturation and sociocultural influences on dietary intake and health status among Puerto Rican adults in Massachusetts. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2012;112:64-74.

Violence Prevention

Borges G, Azrael D, Almeida J, Johnson RM, Molnar BE, Hemenway D, Miller MJ. Immigration, suicide ideation and deliberate self-injury in the Boston Youth Survey. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior 2011; Vol. 41(2): 193-202

Duncan DT, Piras G, Dunn EC, Johnson RM, Melly SJ, Molnar BE. The built environment and depressive symptoms among urban youth: A spatial regression study. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology (in press).

Dunn EC, Gilman SE, Willett JB, Slopen NB, Molnar BE. The impact of exposure to interpersonal violence on gender differences in adolescent-onset major depression: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Depression and Anxiety 2012; Vol. 29: 392-399.

Green JG, Dunn EC, Johnson RM, Molnar BE. A multilevel investigation of the association between school context and adolescent non-physical bullying. Journal of School Violence 2011; Vol. 10(2): 133-149.

Hepburn L, Azrael D, Molnar BE, Miller M. Bullying and suicidal behaviors among urban high school youth. Journal of Adolescent Health 2012; Vol. 51: 93-95.

Jain S, Buka SL, Subramanian SV, Molnar BE. Neighborhood predictors of dating violence victimization and perpetration in young adulthood: A multi-level study. American Journal of Public Health 2010; Vol. 100(9): 1737-1744.

Jain S, Buka SL, Subramanian SV, Molnar BE. Protective factors for youth exposed to violence: Role of developmental assets for building emotional resilience. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 2012; Vol. 10(1): 107-129.

Lopes, G., Krohn, M.D., Lizotte, A.J., Schmidt, N.M., Vásquez, B.E., & Bernburg, J.G. (2012). Labeling and cumulative disadvantage: The impact of official intervention on life chances and crime in emerging adulthood. Crime & Delinquency, 58(3), 456-488.

Molnar BE, Scaramella G. Making the Link: Rape Crisis Centers and the Impact on Adolescent Health Outcomes: A Research Report (2013). Prepared for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

Molnar BE, Winning A, Scott D. Building and Improving Child Protection Systems: A Resource Guide for Child Maltreatment Data Collection, Part II (2012). Report prepared for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).

Nguyen QC, Villaveces A, Marshall SW, Hussey JM, Carolyn CT, Poole C. (2012). Adolescent Expectations of Early Death Predict Adult Risk Behaviors. PLOS ONE.

Nguyen QC, Hussey JM, Carolyn CT, Villaveces A, Marshall SW, Siddiqi A, Poole C (2012). Adolescent Expectations of Early Death Predict Socioeconomic Status. Social Science & Medicine, May; 74(9): 1452-1460.

Pabayo R, Kawachi I, Molnar BE. Witnessing a violent death and smoking, alcohol consumption, and marijuana use among adolescents. Journal of Urban Health (in press).

Rothman E, Johnson RM, Young R, Weinberg J, Azrael D, Molnar BE. Neighborhood factors predict physical teen dating violence perpetration: Results from a representative survey of Boston public high school-attending youth. Journal of Urban Health 2011; Vol. 88(2): 201-213.

Schmidt, N.M., Lopes, G., Krohn, M.D., & Lizotte, A.J. (2014). Getting caught and getting hitched: An assessment of the relationship between police intervention, life chances, and romantic unions. Justice Quarterly, Published online 03 January 2014, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2013.865777.

Schmidt NM, Tchetgen EJ, Ehntholt A, Almeida J, Nguyen QC, Molnar BE, Azrael D, Osypuk TL. Does neighborhood collective efficacy for families change over time? The Boston Neighborhood Survey. Journal of Community Psychology (in press).

Additional Topics

Cortés, D.E., Réategui-Sharpe, L. Spiro, A., and García, R.I. (2012). Factors affecting children’s oral health: Perceptions among Latino parents. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 72(1), 82-89.

Felsen CB, Shaw EK, Ferrante JM, Lacroix LJ, Crabtree BF. Strategies for in-person recruitment: lessons learned from a New Jersey Family Medicine Research Network (NJFMRN) study. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2010. 23(4); 523-33

Joffe Falmagne, R., Iselin, M.G., Todorova, I. and Arner, J. (In Press) Reasoning and Personal Epistemology: A critical reconstruction. Theory and Psychology

Schmidt, N.M., Lincoln, A., Nguyen, Q.C., Acevedo-Garcia, D., & Osypuk, T.L. (in press). Examining mediators of housing mobility on adolescent asthma: Results from a Housing Voucher Experiment. Social Science & Medicine.

Schroeder ET, He J, Yarasheski KE, Binder EF, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Bhasin S, Dieli-Conwright C, Kawakubo M, Roubenoff R, Azen SP, Sattler FR. Value of measuring muscle performance to assess changes in lean mass with testosterone and growth hormone supplementation. European Journal of Applied Physiology 2012;112(3):1123–1131.

Todorova, I., Suarez-Orozco, C., & Singh, S. (2012) Evolving narratives of immigrant Latino youth, In: Nagata, D., Kohn-Wood, L., Suzuki, L. (Eds) Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research. American Psyhcological Association Press

Warren, L.E., Medlinger, S., Corso, K.A., & Greenberg, C.C. (2012). A Model of Knowledge Acquisition in Early Stage Breast Cancer Patients. The Breast Journal, 18(1), 69-72.