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Current, ongoing research projects at MARTI include the following topics:

  • Developing and Assessing Family Based Interventions for Young Veterans' Readjustment to Civilian Life
    Dr. Christian Vaccaro is leading an interdisciplinary project approved by the President’s Research Cluster Initiative called the Veterans’ Reintegration Research Cluster. Members of the Research Cluster are also MARTI research associates: Dr. Demond Mullins, Dr. Michelle Papakie, Dr. Michele Sandhoff, Dr. Brandon Vick and Dr. Susan Boser. Other members include MARTI Associate Director Dr. Alex Heckert and MARTI Director Dr. Victor Garcia.The goals of the research cluster are to provide innovative research insights for therapeutic and preventive interventions that will lead to a reduction in a variety of reintegration issues for veterans such as college dropout, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, divorce, and mental health problems. The cluster is currently discussing the development of different projects which will be used to develop reliable and valid instruments for larger quantitative and qualitative external grant funded studies. Veterans' Reintegration Research Cluster Faculty
  • “Use of Mutual Help Recovery Houses by Latino Migrant Laborers with Substance Use Disorders”
    Dr. Garcia, with Dr. Anna Pagano at the Prevention Research Center at Berkeley, California, submitted a National Institute of Health R21 Grant Application—titled “Mutual-Help Recovery Houses for Mexican and Central American Migrant Laborers with Substance Use Disorders”—which has been submitted through the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and is currently under review. The qualitative grant work will focus on exploring the structure and practices of transnational recovery programs—specifically anexos (annexes), a mutual-help substance abuse recovery model that originated in Mexico—as well as how and why Latino migrant laborers access these programs. To accomplish their research goals, Dr. Garcia and his colleagues will employ ethnographic research methods to gather qualitative exploratory data at three California anexos
  • “Cancer and Mexican Immigrant Women Drinking Project” 
    In collaboration with researchers at Drexel University and at the University of Delaware, Dr. Garcia is conducting cancer research among Mexican immigrant women in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Garcia and his colleagues are developing a National Institute of Health R21 or R03 Grant Application regarding this research. Dr. Garcia and his colleagues are also discussing the development of a pilot project in the area in order to gather more data. As a part of this research, Dr. Garcia, with Dr. Thomas L. Hardie, Dr. Carolee Polek, and Dr. Laura González, published an article, “Characterization of Alcohol Use in Women of Mexican Heritage: Does Birthplace Matter and Impacts on Health,” in the Journal of Addictions Nursing. Other publication manuscripts are being developed.
  • Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute
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