Current Scholar

Gabriella Alvarez

PhD Student, Psychology & Neuroscience
Gabriella Alvarez
Academic Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina Cohort Start Year: 2018
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Environmental Justice, Violence and Trauma
Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Low-Income Communities

FOCUS
How does the social world get under the skin to sculpt the brain and body? As the central question in her work, Gabriella specifically explores how sociocultural risk factors (i.e., race-related and socioeconomic stress) are represented in brain activity and translated into physiological changes that have relevance for mental and physical health. She also examines the psychological and cultural factors that might promote neurobiological resilience among individuals from marginalized groups. In identifying the pathways by which interpersonal and structural systems alter neurobiology, Gabriella’s work has implications for developing interventions that promote health equity.

MORE ABOUT GABRIELLA
The theme of “cell-to-society” that Gabriella explores in her work involves an innovative approach that capitalizes on her training in the basic and social sciences. Gabriella believes HPRS will allow her the opportunity to leverage the benefits of integrating disciplines in order to promote meaningful changes in policy and health care.

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