June 2, 2020 – A message from the Foundations of Health Research Center

In the devastation of coronavirus, our country’s starkest disparities have shone, stronger than ever. Research like ours has shown that external stressors embed themselves in body and mind, with detrimental outcomes. Centuries of injustice have aligned to create recipes for disadvantage that ring truer than ever for African Americans. This cycle perpetuates disparities in health, wealth, life expectancy, and justice that persist today.

We share in the anger, anxiety, and grief rippling from the past week. We are outraged by the killing of George Floyd. We hold in our thoughts those caught in the turbulence of Chicago’s weekend. We echo calls for changes to the inequalities that have defined our country.

We see this moment as a powerful time to reflect and commit to doing more. At the Foundations of Health Research Center, we are a diverse team on the front-lines of resilience-based research. Through listening to stories, we outline ways out of health disparities for at-risk communities, especially low-income families and African Americans. We will continue using our resources to highlight these stories of perseverance and resilience in order to identify pathways out of wider cycles of inequality and injustice.

Thank you to all of the families who give their time and share their stories as part of our research studies. Thank you to all the health care workers and essential workers who have been on the frontlines during this pandemic. Thank you to all those who have been advocating for justice and safety for each and every member of our society. We are committed to your stories and to supporting your efforts.



There are a variety of ways to get involved with our research efforts.

We are currently accepting applications for a Research Technologist Position
and a Research Assistant Position

Featured Publications

Our research findings have been published in a wide range of scientific and medical journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, JAMA – Pediatrics, JAMA – Psychiatry, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Nature Human Behaviour, Child Development, Psychological Science, and more. Review our latest publications here: