Latino Health Research Center

The Latino Health Research Center (LHRC) has been in existence since 2008, but the researchers have been collaborating since 1998. It was created with support from the George Washington University and is housed primarily in the Department of Psychology at GWU but with ties to researchers in other departments and schools, as well as to community organizations.

The mission of the LHRC is:

  • To increase understanding of the complex and multiple factors that affect health behaviors, and specifically sexual risk behavior, among Latinos in the U.S. and abroad, and among other ethnic minority groups in the U.S.
  • To advance research concerning health behavior and health disparities by elaborating the role and importance of the cultural, situational, and structural context, as well as the relevant characteristics of the individual person;
  • To train and nurture future researchers who will advance the field of behavioral health and contribute to a critical knowledge base relevant to public health; and
  • To increase the group's prominence through academic excellence and extramural funding on health issues among ethnic minority groups, and in doing so, enhance the reputation and visibility of GWU.