Behavioral Sciences Research Institute

 Behavioral Sciences Research Institute

The Behavioral Sciences Research Institute is a scientific research program under the Deanship for Academic Affairs of the Medical Sciences Campus. Its main goals are to carry out studies of mental disorders, behavioral problems and their associated features in the adult, child, and adolescent population of Puerto Rico; to translate, adapt to the Puerto Rican culture, and test the psychometric properties of the various diagnostic instruments used in the research performed; to develop methodologies and theoretical models which are applicable to research with Hispanic and other minority populations within the United States; to promote collaborative research with other research centers and researchers within and outside the island, including European research centers; and to provide training to students in basic research skills, both within the University and outside, particularly in Latin America. The Institute has been funded by various grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, World Health Organization, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Current projects include: Antisocial Behaviors in US and Island Puerto Rican Youth, Puerto Rico Neonatal Twin Registry, and Pediatric Asthma Disparities: Perceptions and Management. Past research includes: Vulnerability of Drug Abuse in Puerto Rican Children, Service Use Need Outcomes in Puerto Rican Children, and Translation and Adaptation of the CAPA into Spanish.