Publications

The SASH Lab focuses on multiple lines of research including: Substance Use Prevention, HIV/AIDS & STI Prevention, Mental Health among Youth of Color, and Health Disparities. While some study outcomes may overlap, this section is organized by the main outcome of interest of each published article.

* indicates lab members and lab students 

Strengths-Based Outcomes for Urban Youth

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

 

Substance Use Prevention

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

HIV/AIDS Prevention, STI, & Sexual Health Outcomes 

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., Scheinfeld, L., *Pierre, K., & *Assan, A. (2020). Protocol for a systematic review of HIV/AIDS, STI, teen pregnancy, and substance use prevention interventions for Black  adolescent girls. The International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews: Prospero

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           

Mental Health among Youth of Color

 Opara, I., Weissinger, G., Lardier, D.T., Jr., Lanier, Y., Carter, S., & Brawner, B. (2021). Mental Health Burden among Black Adolescents: The Need for Better Assessment,  Diagnosis and Treatment Engagement. Social Work in Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2021.1879345 

Opara, I., Assan, M.A., *Pierre, K., Gunn, J III., Metzger, I., Hamilton J., & Arugu, E.  (2020). Suicide among Black children: An integrated model of the interpersonal- psychological theory of suicide and intersectionality theory for researchers & clinicians.  Journal of Black Studies. doi: 10.1177/0021934720935641

 

Opara, I., Lardier Jr., D.T., Metzger, I., Herrera, A., Franklin, L., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2020) .“Bullets have no names”: A qualitative exploration of community trauma  among Black and Latinx Youth. Journal of Child & Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-020-01764-8

 

Health Disparities

 

Doamekpor, L.A., Gleason, J.L., Opara, I., & Amutah-Onukagha N. (2020). Nativity and  Cardiovascular Dsyregulation: Evidence from the 2001-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00765-z  

 

 Opara, I. & Santos, N. (2019). A conceptual framework exploring social media, eating disorders, and body dissatisfaction among Latina adolescents. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. doi: 10.1177/0739986319860844

 

Opara, I., Lardier Jr., D.T., Herrera, A., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2019). Increasing viral  hepatitis knowledge among urban ethnic minority youth: Findings from a community- based prevention intervention. Journal of Community Health. Advance online publication:  10.1007/s10900-019-00740-8

 Amutah-Onukagha. N., Rodriguez. M., Opara, I., Gardner, M., *Assan, M., Hammond, R., Plata, J., Pierre, K., & Farran, E.  (2017). Progresses and challenges in utilizing traditional birth attendants in maternal and child health in Nigeria. International Journal of Maternal and Child  Health & AIDS, 6(2), 130-138. doi: 10.21106/ijma.204

Awosan, C. I., & Opara, I. (2016). Socioemotional factor: A missing gap in theorizing and studying Black heterosexual coupling processes and relationships. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 3(2), 25-51. doi: 10.1353/bsr.2016.0027

 

 

 

 

presentations

Gunn, J., Opara, I., *Assan, M., & *Pierre, K. (2020, April). Suicide and Black Children: Implications for Research, Policy & Practice. Poster to be presented at the American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon.

 

Opara, I. (2020, January). Racial differences in protective factors for substance use and sexual risk behavior among Black and Hispanic adolescent females. Accepted for oral presentation. Society for Social Work Research, Washington D.C.

 

Opara, I. (2019, November). Exploring the role of social support, ethnic identity, and psychological empowerment on drug use and sexual risk behavior among Black and Hispanic female adolescents. National Council on Family Relations, Fort Worth, TX **McAdoo Dissertation Award Winner Address.

 

Opara, I. (2019, November). “Social and cultural protective factors for drug use and sexual risk behavior among urban Black adolescent girls”. Roundtable paper to be presented at American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Opara, I., Lardier Jr., D.T., Garcia-Reid, & Reid, R.J. (2019, June). “A qualitative study on protective factors for drug use prevention among Black and Hispanic girls”. Paper presented at the 81st College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Annual Scientific Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. 

 

Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Pinto, S., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2019, June). “The mediating effects of cognitive empowerment and social justice awareness between sense of community, ethnic identity, community participation and psychological empowerment among queer and non-queer youth of color”. Paper to be presented at the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL

 

Opara, I. & Brown, T. (2018, November). “The application of strengths-based approaches for training students to work with racial/ethnic minorities through practicums and internships”. Invited oral paper symposium presented at the National Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA

 

Opara, I., *Franklin, L., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2018, November). “The normalization of violence and drug use among ethnic minority youth: A qualitative exploration”. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA

 

Lardier Jr., D., Opara, I., Berguson, C., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2018, November). “The mediating role of neighborhood attachment among ecological supports, school importance, risk behaviors, and depression”. Poster to be presented at National Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA

 

*Opara, I., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2018, November). “Adapting a public health framework to reduce racial disparities in recreational marijuana use for urban youth of color in New Jersey”. Poster presented at American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting 2018, San Diego, California. **Outstanding student poster award in the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs section.

 

Amutah-Onukagha, N., Opara, I., & Guthrie, B. (2018, November). “Addressing health disparities to improve women's health outcomes and achieve health equity”. Roundtable oral presentation to be discussed at American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting 2018, San Diego, California.

 

Opara, I., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2018, July). “The role of ethnic identity and psychological empowerment in HIV and drug use prevention for Black and Hispanic female adolescents”. Poster to be presented at 22nd International AIDS conference 2018. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

Reid, R.J., Lardier, Jr. D.T, Opara, I., Herrera, A., & Berguson, C. (2018, February). “P-CASA: Policy & advocacy” Poster presented at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 26th Annual National Leadership Forum.  

 

Opara, I., Lee, S., Price, D., Allen, W., & James, A. (2017, November). “Improving community-police relations through dialogue: Creating healthier neighborhoods for Black families”. Co-chair and presenter. Invited symposium presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference. Orlando, FL. 

 

Opara, I. & Butz, A. (2017, November). “Caregiver characteristics of urban African American children living with severe asthma”. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference. Orlando, FL. 

 

Opara, I., & Amutah, N. (2017, November). “Project DASH: Analyzing maternal communication processes between African American mothers living with HIV and their daughters”. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference. Orlando, FL. 

 

Opara, I. (2017, October). “Examining HIV risk parent-child communication among African American female adolescents through an ecological systems and Black feminist lens”. Paper presentation.  5th Annual Black Doctoral Network Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. 

 

Opara, I. & Awosan, C. (2016, October).  “Residual effects of slavery and its impact on Black male-female heterosexual relationships”, 4th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference. Paper presentation. Atlanta, GA.          

 

Opara, I.  & Awosan, C. (2016, March) “Racism and its effects on Black male-female intimate relationships” at Tulane University, “Social Justice and The City: Implications for race and equity”, Paper presentation. New Orleans, LA.