Reducing Health and Social Disparities among Marginalized Youth: Using Research to Promote Social Justice

Social WorkCriminal JusticeHuman Development and Family Studies

Area leader: Emilie Smith (Department of Human Development and Family Studies)

Elevated struggles in late adolescence and early adulthood, such as poor mental health and violence victimization, can be exaggerated by social disparities and disproportionately impact individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This thematic area, relying on intervention science and community-engaged research, aims to improve social conditions and reduce disparities in health and well-being among marginalized youth. The Department of Human Development and Family Studies will lead this collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort that includes faculty from the School of Criminal Justice and School of Social Work.