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.

2019 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 first Annual Report our teams of faculty, students and community partners, have been busy with new and exciting programmatic and research efforts…


IHESJR Researchers Present Projects at RISE

RISE is Northeastern’s annual research conference. RISE stands for Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship. Over 100 judges come together to measure the ingenuity of Northeastern research and determine recipients of the annual RISE Awards. Health Equity Intern Nur Selin Akubult presented the project titled “Supporting Family Efficacy in Physical Activity Using Reminiscence Technologies” with co-authors […]

Faculty Scholar Dr. Beth Molnar’s VTRI Project Provides Webinar Recordings

  IHESJR faculty member Dr. Beth Molnar, Director of Violence Prevention and Trauma Studies at the Institute, and Population Health PhD student Samantha Meeker, invite you to view webinars provided by their project, the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI) to discuss challenges and identify resources for first responders and victim service providers during the COVID-19 […]

Meghna Iyer Receives Ascent PEAK Award

Meghna Iyer, an IHSEJR health equity intern, has received a PEAK Ascent Award for her project titled “The Effect of Guardrails on Motor Vehicle Safety.” The project intends to collect data sources examining guardrails and their contributions to preventable fatalities and injuries and analyze this data to determine how guardrails impact Massachusetts. The conclusion of […]

Dr. Tiffany Joseph Publishes Op-Ed in Newsweek Magazine

​IHESJR Health Equity Faculty ​Scholar Dr. Tiffany Joseph, ​from the College of Social Science and Humanities recently published an op-ed article titled “Trump’s Immigration Policies are Making the Coronavirus Pandemic Worse” in Newsweek. The ​op-ed discusses the possible ramifications of Trump’s immigration policies, such as the ICE detainments and the public charge rule, on COVID-19’s […]