The Mission of the Center for Psychosocial Health Research (CPHR) is: 1) to provide a forum for interdisciplinary UNT scholars to collaborate on health-related research and intervention/prevention development; 2) to produce world-class research on psychosocial factors associated with chronic disease; 3) to train undergraduate and graduate students to be rigorous health researchers; 4) to provide service to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex community; and 5) to attract external financial support for the activities of the Center.
Our research focuses on understanding factors that compromise well being and on improving lives through improving health in the broadest sense, both at the individual and community levels. The Center focuses on diverse health experiences across race, class, gender and the life span. Psychological well-being and effective social functioning are important to people of all ages. Often, people living with a chronic disease begin to have difficulties in these areas without clearly understanding that a problem is emerging. Patients with psychosocial dysfunction frequently mention vague complaints that do not easily fit into diagnostic categories. CPHR engages in research that facilitates the discovery of predictors of psychosocial dysfunction and investigate appropriate interventions.
Both undergraduate and graduate students play a crucial role in the operations of CPHR. By involving students at every stage of psychosocial health research, CPHR provides a learning environment that mirrors the real world of healthcare research. Students learn to conceptualize a research problem, design a study, identify and obtain funding for the study, execute the study, analyze the data, present the findings at professional conferences and publish papers based on the research. In addition to the direct benefits of learning how to do psychological research, students have the opportunity to work with members of various communities throughout the Metroplex area in collaborative research.
CPHR also provides service to the greater Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex by providing in-service trainings to community centers and other service providers who work with people living with chronic diseases.