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.


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Urizar, G., Caliboso, M., Gearhart, C., Yim, I.S., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2019). Process evaluation of a stress management program for low-income pregnant women: The SMART Moms/Mamás LÍSTAS Project. Health Education & Behavior, 46(6), 930-941. (link)
Urizar, G., Yim, I.S., Rodriguez, A., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2019). The SMART Moms Program: A randomized trial of the impact of stress management on perceived stress and cortisol in low-income pregnant women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 104, 174-184. (link)
Kuhlman, K., Urizar, G., Robles, T., Yim, I.S., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2019). Testing plausible biopsychosocial models in diverse community samples: Common pitfalls and strategies. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 191-200. (link)
Sanchez Hernandez, H., Urizar, G., & Yim, I.S. (2019). The influence of mindfulness and social support on stress reactivity during pregnancy. Stress & Health, 35(3), 330-340. (link)
Urizar, G., Yim, I.S., Kofman, Y.B., Tilka, N., Miller, K., Freche, R., & Johnson, A. (2018). Ethnic differences in stress-induced cortisol responses: Increased risk for depression during pregnancy. Biological Psychology, 147(link)
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)