Leopoldo J Cabassa
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My research centers on examining physical and mental health disparities in historically underserved populations, particularly among racial/ethnic minorities with serious mental illness (SMI; e.g., schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder). My research program blends quantitative and qualitative methods, community engagement, intervention research, and implementation science. My research is making significant contributions in three areas: 1) improving depression literacy and reducing stigma toward mental illness in the Hispanic community; 2) improving the physical health of racial/ethnic minorities with SMI; and 2) improving care for people experiencing first-episode psychosis.