Congratulations to Dr. César Escobar-Viera who was awarded the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

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Dr. César Escobar-Viera was awarded the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). These grants help outstanding postdoctoral researchers complete needed, mentored training and transition in a timely manner to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. Dr. Escobar-Viera seeks to leverage evidence-based social media interventions to ameliorate depression among lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults (LGBYA), which will ultimately help to reduce the existing mental health disparities for this group. This long-term goal will be achieved via a 5-year training and research plan that will launch Dr. Escobar-Viera’s independent program of research and academic career. The career objectives of this award are to: (1) become an expert in the field of social media research applied to depression; (2) advance the PI’s knowledge in LGBT mental health disparities; and (3) gain expertise in the application of advanced quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The knowledge derived from this training plan will prepare Dr. Escobar-Viera to pursue the following aims. In the first aim, pre-existing survey data from a nationally-representative sample of young adults will be leveraged to explore cross-sectional associations between social media use and depression among LGBYA. During the second aim, qualitative assessments about social media use and depression among LGBYA. Finally, the third aim will consist of a longitudinal examination of the associations between social media use and depression among LGBYA.

Dr. Escobar-Viera’s grant is funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (1K99MD012813-01), a component of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

 

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