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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.

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…


Former HEI Sophie Wiltshire Featured in Online Florida Paper

Sophie Wiltshire is a recent Bouvé​ College of Health Sciences’ graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. She was recently feature​d in St. Pete Catalyst, a local Florida news platform. During her time as an undergraduate student​at Northeastern University, Sophie had the opportunity to intern at Daystar Life Center which is dedicated […]

Recent Publications from Faculty Scholars Chiehl Li & Bilge Erten

Faculty scholar Chiehl Li published a special issue on promoting social justice, titled Advancing social justice for English learners: Implications for school psychology training. This work addressed inequity of education of children who do not speak English fluently and how lack of multicultural training of educators and school psychologists contribute to the problems. The work […]

2022 Tier 1 Awards

Several of our Bouvé faculty members and IHESJR affiliates were selected to receive 2022 TIER 1 Awards.     “TIER 1 Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Program awards are supported by the Colleges and the Senior Vice Provost for Research. This competitive program makes grants of up to $50,000 to support and encourage individual faculty members to […]

Dr. Alisa Lincoln, Kaleem Ahmid and HEIs Tyreke Gaston and Samhita Koduri Receive RISE Award

Dr. Alisa Lincoln, Kaleem Ahmid and HEIs Tyreke Gaston and Samhita Koduri won the RISE Focus Award for Ethically Informed research.  “Ethically Informed Research Awards recognize RISE presentations that best incorporate attention to ethical considerations in research design and implementation, for example by addressing a significant ethical challenge, using value-sensitive project design, or demonstrating designing […]