Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"TOPRS: Project SALUD: Health, Obesity, and Stress in Latino Youth"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Child Obesity and Stress in Latino Youth
Project Description:
This project is examining the influence of stressors in a Latino population during the time that adolescents transition from grade school to middle school. The study will use saliva samples to measure hormones that will tell us about the health of the child and both parents. We will look at outcomes such as obesity and overall health, and how these outcomes might be affected by stress, as well how family processes such as the home food environment and social support might act as buffers between stress and obesity outcomes.
Expected Student Contributions:
Working directly with the families in home visits, speaking Spanish with the parents and adolescents. Helping to enter data that is collected. Working on initial analyses and presenting the findings in conferences.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
GPA above 3.0 Junior or above CITI training for work with human subjects
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Jones, Blake
human development and family studies

Student Supervisor

Blake Jones
Assistant Professor in HDFS

Cooperating Faculty

Dorothy Teegarden
Nutrition / Health and Human Sciences