PRO-Health, in collaboration with our research partners, directs a number of community health projects that provide empirical support for several initiatives that support our mission of improving the health of traditionally underserved populations.


This collaborative work has led to a number of peer-reviewed research articles, conference presentations, treatment manuals, and other materials that help disseminate our findings to the larger community. Examples of this work are listed below.


Press Release

NIH Funding Helps Urizar Confirm Results From Research Paper

March 15, 2013 (Inside CSULB)

Psychology’s Guido Urizar recently received National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to help confirm initial results from his 2011 research paper in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology based on grant-supported work with low-income Latina mothers and a perinatal mood management program. (Link to full story)


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Manickam, P., Fernandez, R.E., Umasankar, Y., Gurusamy, M., Arizaleta, F., Urizar, G., & Bhansali, S. (2018). Salivary cortisol analysis using metalloporphyrins and multi-walled carbon nanotubes nanocomposite functionalized electrodes. Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical, 274, 47-53. (link)
Urizar, G., Henriques, L., Chun, C., Buonora, P., Vu, K.L., Galvez, G., & Kingsford, L. (2017). Advancing research opportunities and promoting pathways in graduate education: A systemic approach to BUILD training at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). BMC Proceedings, 11 (Suppl 12), 27-40. (link)
Scheyer, K., & Urizar, G. (2016). Altered stress patterns and increased risk for postpartum depression among low-income pregnant women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 19, 317-328. (link)
Amirkhan, J.H., Urizar, G., & Clark, S. (2015). Criterion validation of a stress measure: The Stress Overload Scale. Psychological Assessment, 27(3), 985-996. (link)
King, A.C., Castro, C.M., Buman, M.P., Hekler, E.B., Urizar, G. & Ahn, D.K. (2013).  Behavioral impacts of sequentially versus simultaneously delivered dietary plus physical activity interventions: The CALM trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 46, 157-168. (link)
Urizar, G. & Muñoz, R.F. (2011). Impact of a prenatal cognitive behavioral stress management intervention on salivary cortisol levels in mothers and their infants. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36, 1480-1494. (link)
Castro, C.M., Lee, K.A., Bliwise, D.L., Urizar, G., Woodward, S.H., & King, A.C. (2009). Sleep patterns and sleep-related factors between caregiving and non-caregiving women. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 7(3), 164-179. (link)
Muñoz, R.F., Le, H., Ghosh Ippen, C., Diaz, M.A., Urizar, G., Soto, J., Mendelson, T., Delucchi, K., & Lieberman, A. (2007). Prevention of postpartum depression in low-income women: Development of the Mamás y Bebés/Mothers and Babies Course. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, 14, 70-83. (link)
Urizar, G., & Sears, S.F. (2006). Psychosocial and cultural influences on cardiovascular health and quality of life among Hispanic cardiac patients in south Florida. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29(3), 255-268. (link)
Madan, A., Palaniappan, L., Urizar, G., Wang, Y., Fortmann, S.P., & Gould, J.B. (2006).  Sociocultural factors that affect pregnancy outcomes in two dissimilar immigrant groups in the United States. Journal of Pediatrics, 148(3), 341-346. (link)
Winkleby, M.A., Kim, S., Urizar, G., Ahn, D., Jennings, M.G., & Snider, J. (2006). Ten-year changes in cancer-related health behaviors and screening practices among Latino women and men in California. Ethnicity & Health, 11(1), 1-17. (link)
Urizar, G., Hurtz, S., Albright, C., Ahn, D., Atienza, A., & King, A. (2005). Influence of maternal stress on participation in a physical activity intervention: The IMPACT project. Women & Health, 42(4), 63-82. (link)
Urizar, G., Milazzo, M., Muñoz, R.F., Le, H., Delucchi, K., & Sotelo, R. (2004). Impact of stress reduction instructions on stress and cortisol levels during pregnancy. Biological Psychology, 67(3), 275-282. (link)
(Link to full list of cited work)