Lardier Jr. D. T., Opara, I., Cantu, I., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2021). The Brief Sense of Community Scale: Testing Dimensionality and Measurement Invariance by Gender among Hispanic/Latinx Youth. Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22585

Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Brammer, M.K., Pinto, S.A., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J.  (2021). Psychological sense of community, community civic participation, and ethnic identity on social justice orientation and psychological empowerment between LGBQ and Non-LGBQ youth of color. LGBT Youth. doi: 10.1080/19361653.2020.1860858

Opara, I., Lardier Jr., D.T., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2020). Measuring Intrapersonal Empowerment and Ethnic Identity: Highlighting Strengths of Urban Black Girls. Youth & Society. doi: 10.1177/0044118X20970226

Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2020). The mediating role of ethnic identity and social justice orientation between community civic participation, psychological  sense of community and cognitive and psychological empowerment among adolescents of  color. The Urban Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11256-020-00573-z

 Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Garcia-Reid, P. & Reid, R.J. (2020). Multigroup confirmatory factor analysis of the cognitive empowerment scale among African American/Black and  Hispanic/Latinx urban youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Advance online  publication: 10.1007/s10560-019-00647-2

Metzger, I., Cooper, S., Griffin, C. B., Golden, A., Opara, I., & Ritchwood, T. (2020). Parenting profiles of academic and racial socialization: Associations with academic engagement and perception of academic ability of African American adolescents. Journal of School Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2020.07.001

Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Berguson, C., Herrera, A., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2019). A study of neighborhood sense of community as a mediator between supportive social  systems, school belongingness, and outcome behaviors among urban youth of color. Journal of Community Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22182



Boyd, D., Opara, I., Quinn, C.R., Waller, B., Ramos, R.S., & Duncan, D.T. (2021). The Impact of Parent–Child Sex Health Communication on Drug Use and Using Drugs While Having Sex among Urban Black Youth. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public  Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18105170. Open Access Article  

Opara, I., Lardier Jr. D.T., Fernandez, Y., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2020). Intrapersonal Psychological Empowerment Profiles on Ethnic Identity, Social Support, and Lifetime Drug Use among Hispanic Adolescent Girls. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2020.1803780

Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Reid, R.J., & Garcia-Reid, P. (2020). The role of empowerment–based protective factors on substance use among youth of color. Child and Adolescent Social Work. Advance online publication.
doi: 10.1007/s10560-020-00659-3


Opara, I., Rivera Rodas, E.I., Lardier, Jr. D.T., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2020). Validation  of the abbreviated socio-political control scale for youth among girls of color. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

37, 83-95. doi:10.1007s10560019006249

Beverly, H.K., Castro, Y., & Opara, I. (2019). Age of first marijuana use and its impact on education attainment and employment status. Journal of Drug Issues. Advance online publication: doi:10.1177/0022042618823007   

Opara, I., Lardier, Jr. D.T., Reid, R.J., & Garcia-Reid, P. (2019).  “It all starts with the parents”: A qualitative study on the protective factors for drug use prevention among Black and Hispanic girls. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work. Advance online  publication: doi:10.1177/0886109918822543



Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Reid, R.J., Garcia-Reid, P., Herrera, A., & Cantu, I. (2021).  Increasing HIV/AIDS knowledge among urban ethnic minority youth: Findings from a  community-based prevention intervention program. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Sciences.  doi: 10.1080/15381501.2021.1910097


Opara, I., Rivera Rodas, E., Garcia-Reid, P. & Reid, R.J. (2020). Ethnic Identity, Empowerment, Social Support, and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Black Adolescent Girls: Examining Drug Use as a Mediator. Child and Adolescent Social Work. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10560-020-00706-z

Opara, I., Chandler, C., Alcena-Stiner, D, Nnawulezi, N., & Kershaw, T. (2020). When Pandemics Call: Community-Based Research Considerations for HIV Scholars. AIDS and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02878-2 


Amutah-Onukagha, N., Mahadevan, M., Opara, I., Rodriguez, M., Kelly, J., & Trusdell, M.  (2020). Commentary on Project THANKS: An HIV/AIDS education intervention. Journal of International Associations of Providers of AIDS Care. doi: 10.1177/2325958220936406

Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Herrera, A., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2019). Sexual negotiation skills and risky behavior on sexual partnerships, HIV knowledge, and risk perception among urban youth of color: A latent class analysis. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services. doi: 10.1080/15381501.2019.1632237

Amutah-Onukagha, N., Opara, I., Hammonds, R., & Guthrie, B. (2018). Missed opportunities for HIV prevention: Results of a qualitative study on mother-daughter communication. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services,
doi: 10.1080/15381501.2018.1502708


Amutah-Onukagha, N., Mahadevan, M., Opara, I., Rodriguez, M., Kelly, J., & Trusdell, M. (2018). Project THANKS: Examining HIV-related barriers and facilitators to care in African American women: A community perspective. AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 32(4). doi: 10.1089/apc.2017.0215


Garcia-Reid, P., Lardier, Jr. D.T, Reid, R.J., & Opara, I. (2018). Understanding the influence  of sexual risk-taking, ethnic identity, and family and peer support on school importance among Hispanic adolescents. Education & Urban Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0013124518787827


Opara, I. (2018). Examining African American parent-daughter HIV risk communication using  a Black feminist-ecological lens: Implications for Intervention. Journal of Black Studies,  49(2), 134-151. doi: 10.1177/0021934717741900

Respress, B., Amutah-Onukagha, N., & Opara, I. (2018). The effects of school-based  discrimination on adolescents of color sexual health outcomes: A social determinants approach. Social Work in Public Health, 33 (3),1-16. doi:10.1080/19371918.2017.1378953