Depression, Technology and Latino Health

Depression, Technology and Latino Health Research Lab

Faculty Mentor: Alinne Barrera, PhD

Lab website:

[Updated: February 21, 2019]



Dr. Barrera’s research interests primarily focus on depression among women, Latinx, and Spanish-speakers.  Her current research is on the use of technology-based tools to address mental health disparities among pregnant and postpartum women. More broadly, Dr. Barrera’s research program is on designing and testing depression interventions for underserved populations utilizing community- and technology-based methods.


Student Expectations

Students in their 2nd and 3rd year are expected to be actively involved in Dr. Barrera’s research projects, including making significant contributions to the day-to-day activities, attending regular lab meetings, collaborating on manuscripts/presentations, etc. Each student is expected to co-author at least one manuscript for publication or for a conference presentation.


Dissertation Projects

All members are expected to develop dissertation studies that align with their professional interests and training goals. Students will begin to discuss dissertation projects soon after joining the research group. A majority of students in this research lab conduct dissertations that are original data collection.




Students with prior research experience, knowledge of web design or other technology-based skills, and who are bilingual (Spanish/English) are encouraged to apply (not a requirement). Accepted students are expected to start in the summer and sooner via lab meetings, if possible.


Submit all application materials electronically to Dr. Barrera []:

  1. Curriculum Vitae, including two references
  2. Transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  3. Describe your current research interests, and describe how it fits with Dr. Barrera’s research program or how you envision developing your research interests under her mentorship.