About the Center
We are a multidisciplinary group that draws upon the disciplines of anthropology, behavioral medicine, education, psychology, public health, and sociology to pioneer research on psychosocial phenomena involved in healthy living. Basic research on wellness within a chronic illness context provides a foundation for the future development of psychosocial and behavioral interventions that encourage health-related behavioral change. As chronic illness can affect anyone – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status – we strive to identify, from a multicultural perspective, psychosocial factors critical to the development of effective interventions. Factors may include health-compromising/enhancing behaviors, social support, quality of life, stress and coping strategies, depression, anxiety, stigma and workplace issues. We also examine positive psychological constructs such as optimism, hopefulness, forgiveness, spirituality/religiosity and meaning making that may contribute to resilience in people living with chronic illnesses.
Additionally, we provide psychoeducational services to communities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Our service component offers education and training to community agency personnel and health care providers as well as chronically ill individuals motivated to learn adaptive coping strategies.
University students play a crucial role in the operations of the Center for Psychosocial Health Research and participate in all stages of research, service and outreach processes. In addition, didactic instruction and opportunities to collaborate with members of various communities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area provide a comprehensive learning experience for students.
Congratulations to Samantha DeCastillo on being accepted into the UNT doctoral program. Welcome to the center!
Congratulations to Andrew Pereria for being accepted into the UNT doctoral counseling program. He will moving here from Washington state with his husband.
Congratulations to Dr. Vosvick for winning UNT Foundation for Leadership Award, UNT Community Award, and the President's Council Service Award.
Congratulations to the Center for receiving a $5,000 grant for Project Gray Pride. We will soon be collecting data on LGBT folks age 55+.
Congratulations to AJ Guerrero, Sam Scoles, Stephen Ramos, Steven Hauf, and Jake Bates for graduating this past semester!
Congratulations AJ Guerrero for receiving a Raupe Travel Award
Congratulations Michelle Smith for making the Dean's List and receiving a Raupe Travel Award
Congratulations Steven Hauf and Michelle Smith for being accepted to present research at The American Psychosomatic Society in Miami, Fl.
Welcome to our two newest board members: Dr. Parsons and Dr. Prybutok
Dr. Mark Vosvick has been elected as Chair of the UNT Faculty Senate Committee
Congratulations AJ Guerrero for receiving a UNT Multicultural Scholastic Award and a UNT General Scholarship Award
Congratulations to Tara Steinberg who won the Outstanding Intern of the Year Award for exemplary achievement in clinical and research activities at her internship site in Baltimore
The Center welcomes new graduate students Matt and Krystal
Mark Pierson received the UNT Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship
Congratulations to Brooke Gomez, Justin Litvin and Alex Wike for receiving Raupe Travel Grants
AJ Guerrero and Wiley Stem have been accepted to present research at the 2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) conference
Alex Wike received a UNT College of Arts and Sciences travel grant
Brooke Gomez received a UNT Scholar’s Day Scholarship, UNT General Scholarship and UNT Research Fellowship
CPHR was pronounced the LifeWalk Best Civic Team in 2011!
Danielle Vincent has been accepted into the UNT Interdisciplinary Studies masters program with a focus in Women's Studies
Eliot Lopez has received a travel grant from UNT for his presentation at the Society for Behavioral Medicine conference
Jakob Vingren has received a Grant from Discovery Foundation for substance abuse exercise intervention study
Jim Brown, Brooke Gomez and Justin Litvin were accepted to present research at the 2012 Association for Psychosocial Science (APS) National Conference
Jim Brown, Brooke Gomez, AJ Guerrero, Steven Hauf, Justin Litvin, Mark Pierson, Wiley Stem, Danielle Vincent were accepted to present research at UNT Scholar’s Day
Mark Pierson was accepted into a counseling psychology masters program at Loyola Maryland University
Michael Gates successfuly completed a PhD program! Congratulations Dr. Gates
The Center welcomes Justin Litvin, our new McNair Scholar
Will Hua was accepted into a behavioral medicine postdoctoral fellowship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Will Hua completed an internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Behavioral Medicine tr