Educational Psychologist Receives Hogg Foundation Grant to Study Mental Health June 24, 2013

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Dr. Delida Sanchez, Department of Educational Psychology

The College of Education’s Delida Sanchez is one of three assistant professors at The University of Texas at Austin to receive a Hogg Foundation for Mental Health grant.

These three research projects were among 10 selected from a pool of 38 applicants from 17 universities across Texas. The foundation awarded the two-year grants, totaling $192,130, to tenure-track assistant professors exploring different aspects of mental health in Texas.

Sanchez, who’s in the Department of Educational Psychology, was awarded $19,250 to examine the effects of Latino cultural values on the relationship between depression and high-risk sexual behaviors among Latina adolescents in Texas.

“I hope that this study will contribute to the overall effort to increase cultural responsiveness to the mental health needs of minority adolescent girls,” said Sanchez. “I am grateful to the Hogg Foundation for helping to open up this avenue of research.”

Dr. Susan De Luca, School of Social Work, was awarded a grant of $19,250 to conduct a mixed-methods study of adolescents receiving treatment, in response to suicide attempts, at a large Central Texas hospital. Dr. Andreana Haley, Department of Psychology, was awarded a grant of $19,250 to investigate whether stress, depression and anxiety may worsen cognitive vulnerability for people who are carriers for herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1).

The goals of the Hogg grants are to increase the pool of junior faculty doing quality mental health research and to encourage the disbursement of research findings through presentations at state and national conferences and meetings.

“These projects directly address the need for ethnically and racially appropriate mental health care and the importance of integrated health care, a key priority for the foundation,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation.

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. It is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

Last updated on August 14, 2013