PRISM
IUPUI
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Prevention Research In Substance Use & Minority Health

PRISM Lab

Research Made Relevant. 

Dr. Tamika Zapolski’s PRISM (Prevention Research In Substance Use and Minority Health) Lab within The Department of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) focuses on risk for substance use and other health behaviors among African Americans.

PRISM’s goal is to conduct research illuminating culturally relevant risk/resilience models for substance use among African Americans to ultimately reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes. Specifically, PRISM examines the interactive effect of cultural variables (e.g., discrimination, racial socialization, racial identity) on physiological, individual level (e.g., personality, expectancies, perceptions of risk), interpersonal (e.g., parental/peer factors, drug norms), and environmental (e.g., access to drugs, school support, neighborhood disorganization) factors to better understand drug choice, course of use and consequences among African American youth and young adult populations.

PRISM also aims to examine the effectiveness of school-based interventions to reduce substance abuse and related emotional and psychological problems among adolescents. PRISM provides a space for students to conduct translational research and receive mentorship in interdisciplinary topics, including minority health disparities, substance use, and psychosocial development.

What We Do


research

The PRISM lab conducts research on a variety of topics including: 

  • Substance Abuse & Addiction Risk
  • African American Substance Use Risk
  • Adolescent Risky Behavior
  • Health Disparities in Risky Behavior
  • Sociocultural Risk/Protective Factors
  • Preventative Interventions


mentoring

The PRISM lab provides an arena for graduate and undergraduate students to get involved in research and receive mentorship in interdisciplinary topics. Students are given the opportunity to get involved at every stage of the research process, including data collection and entry, data analysis, literature review, and manuscript writing. Advanced students also have opportunities to participate in clinical research and realize their own research questions.



Community 

PRISM brings empirically-based clinical practice and research to the understanding and prevention of substance use among racial/ethnic minorities. To that end, we maintain relationships with leaders and educators in our local community. These connections allow us to conduct etiological and intervention research in diverse community and school settings in order to best understand social, cultural, and environmental influences on mental health.


 

 
 
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