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Refugee, Immigrant, and Global Health For more than a decade, the institute has organized interdisciplinary research teams to improve the lives of refugee and immigrant populations. Working in partnership with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, we recently received federal funding to explore discrimination and health issues among Somali refugees. Another current project involves the impact that sanctuary cities have on health and well-being have on its communities.
Violence Prevention and Trauma Studies The institute conducts research on the cause and prevention of violence, including child abuse, youth violence, sexual assault, community violence, and intimate partner/teen dating violence. We evaluate the effectiveness of proposed interventions and develop new interventions based on an ecological approach to environmental, social, and individual determinants of violence.
Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab Northeastern’s Public Evaluation Lab provides program consultations with community organizations and faculty researchers, so they can enhance the lives of the people they serve. Evaluations can assess operations, resources, services, benchmarking, outcomes, impact, and more. In addition, our interdisciplinary faculty can help organizations hone funding proposals that are essential to carrying out their mission.
Public Mental Health and Substance Abuse The institute is home to national thought leaders in behavioral health research, with a special emphasis on mental health and substance abuse. We explore how stigma, discrimination, and socioeconomic factors affect access to education, employment, and medical health. The institute also promotes public involvement in our research through community-based participatory research methods.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Institute faculty research how social and economic factors influence health and disease prevention. Currently, we are focused on HIV/AIDS, obesity, and Hepatitis C, as well as how racial and ethnic disparities affect pregnancy outcomes across generations.

Institute of Health, Equity, and Social Justice (IHESJR)

Disparities in health and mental health arise and persist as the result of complex individual, societal, and global factors. We bring together faculty and students from across Northeastern University, along with external research partners, to tackle these complex challenges. Our teams draw upon a wide range of research methods and interventions, but share a common commitment to promoting health equity and social justice through high-impact, community engaged research.

Job Opportunity

The Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research is looking to hire an Administrative Coordinator to join the team. Click the Learn More button to be redirected to the Careers website for more information on the position and how to apply.

Health Equity Intern Opportunity

Health Equity Interns are Northeastern University undergraduate students who commit to working four hours a week during one academic semester at the Institute on Health Equity and Social Justice Research in its mission of conducting research towards advancing health equity and social inclusion and reducing health disparities.  Opportunities are available for interns to continue an affiliation with the Institute once the semester internship is completed.

2020 Annual Report

This has been an exciting and productive year for us at the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research. As you will see in this second Annual Report our teams of faculty, students and community partners, have been busy with new and exciting programmatic and research efforts…


Recent Publications by Faculty Member Jessica Hoffman

Jessica Hoffman, an IHESJR faculty member and Associate Professor in Applied Psychology, recently published a paper entitled “Addressing the Consequences of School Closure due to COVID-19 on Children’s Physical and Mental Wellbeing” in World Medical & Health Policy Journal. This paper focuses on the “physical and emotional toll resulting from school closures and the withdrawal […]

Institute SGA Sameera Nayak Selected as Communication Chair for the APHA International Health Student Committee

Sameera Nayak, an Institute SGA, was recently selected as the Communication Chair for the APHA International Health Student Committee. In this role she will be spearheading efforts to engage and support students in global health, including students from outside of the US. International Health (IH) is a section of APHA. It has a student section […]

Former HEI Debby Nguyen Debuted a Book on Traditional Medicine

Debby Nguyen, former HEI, wrote a book about research practices among other cultures and medicine across the globe titled “Pills, Teas, and Songs: Stories of Medicine Around the World,” which will be released in April of this year. Institute Director Alisa Lincoln advised Nguyen throughout her writing process. The Huntington News quotes Alisa when she […]

Recent Publications by IHESJR Faculty Scholars Hermine Poghosyan and Jeanne Madden

Jeanne Madden, Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy, has led several new publications this winter. First is a qualitative report published in Journal of Affective Disorders, on the impact of health care costs for people living with bipolar disorder. The second is a related article about the research collaboration with a […]