Active research projects

There are currently several active research studies in the UCRC including Dr. Mutchler’s studies:

  1. Sexual health communication among young adults (see the flyer [PDF]).  The goal of this body of work is to help reduce HIV infections by understanding how young adults transmit sexual scripts and norms via sexual health communication.
  2. Dr. Mutchler is also currently the PI on a R03 study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  This work aims to better understand how substances and alcohol become associated with sex among African American and Latino YMSM through exploratory research including the use of peer ethnographers, semi-structured interviews, and survey data.
  3. The UCRC is engaged in ongoing collaborative research to examine treatment advocacy (TA) services at AIDS Project Los Angeles.
  4. The UCRC currently offers a class through the Sociology Program designed to facilitate student learning through direct, hands-on research experience. Students from different disciplines are welcome to enroll in the Sociology 302/502 class offered in the Spring, 2001.
  5. The UCRC is also currently working on NIH funded studies to explore the use of PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis), a new medication that has been shown to prevent HIV infection, when taken properly.
  6. One of the students in the UCRC, (Ceilique Hatcher) is leading a MBRS Rise sponsored project exploring loneliness and depression among Facebook users at CSUDH.
  7. One of the students in the UCRC, Juliana Soto, is leading a project in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Disability Department and AIDS Project Los Angeles to explore the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS as they age.

Dr. Kelin Li is currently working on projects examining how neighborhood racial/ethnic contexts are related to individual health across US. Specifically, he is analyzing population health survey data linked to community profiles from the Census to see how residential segregation and minority/immigrant concentration would impact individual health behavior and risk factors.

Dr. Jeb Middlebrook works with students in UCRC to study the influence of prison on U.S. culture, law, and activism. With Dr. Middlebrook, undergraduate and graduate students are producing and analyzing archives of prison music, prison law, and prison organizing from the post-Civil War United States to the current moment. These archives will be utilized in a cross-comparative, interdisciplinary, book-length study of prison in U.S. culture and politics currently titled, Prison Music: Containment, Escape, and the Sound of America.

Dr. Dellacioppa is currently working with students on research for an article for publication on the occupy movement in Los Angeles and Oakland.