Hector M. González, PhD
Hector M. González, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Gerontology and the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Wayne State University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan, Institute of Social Research, Research Center for Group Dynamics, and a Faculty Associate in the Program for Research on Black Americans, and the Latina/a Studies Program. In addition, Dr. González is a Research Fellow of the Michigan State University Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research. He is clinically trained as a neuropsychologist. Dr. González joined the Wayne State faculty from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology.
Research Objectives and Interests
Dr. González’ primary research interest is in Latino health and he specializes in neuroepidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology and health services. His research is focused on identifying modifiable factors associated with improving Latino health and healthcare. He has written on the health of older Mexican Americans and the Latino Health Paradox, and his scholarly writing is reshaping current understanding of healthcare inequalities, especially among Latino ethnic groups. Dr. González is PI of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Neurocognitive Reading Center, which is funded by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He is also funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine late-life depression in the United States. He was a contributing author of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force to revise the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Change and the APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status.
Areas of Expertise
Neuropsychology, neuroepidemiology and psychiatric epidemiology.
Bachelor of Science, University of New Mexico – Psychology, 1982
Doctor of Philosophy, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego – Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology, 1998
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Neurology Department and the Center for Neuroscience - Clinical/Research Neuropsychology, 1999
Journal of Aging and Health
American Journal of Public Health
Current Research Support
R01 MH084994 González (PI) 07/15/09 - 05/31/2012
N01 HC 65233 González (PI) 04/01/11 – 02/28/13
P30 AG 15281 (PI: Jackson) 9/30/97 - 6/30/12
AG 10939 (PI: Markides) 4/30/09-present
MH 80067 (PI: Hinton) 5/30/09-present
Past Research Support
MH 067726 (PI: González) 4/1/03-3/31/09 $834,520
AG 15281 (PI: Jackson) 9/30/01-8/31/02
AG008671 (PI: Gilman) 8/31/01-7/31/02
AG 12975 (PI: Haan) 6/15/03-6/30/09 $8.3 million
DK 60753 (PI: Haan) 3/15/02-2/28/06 $1.42 million
AG 12975 (PI: Haan) 5/31/99-4/30/03
González, H.M., Tarraf, W.,* Whitfield, K.E., Gallo, J.J. (2012) The prevalence and epidemiology of vascular depression in the United States. Journal of Psychiatric Research.
González, H.M., Haan, M.N. Tarraf, W.* (2011) Metabolic syndrome biomarkers, acculturation and the health of older Mexican Americans. (Invited) Journal of Aging and Health; Oct;23(7):1101-15.
Tarraf, W.,* Miranda, P.Y.,* González, H.M. (2012, in press) Expenditures among Immigrant Groups in the U.S: Trends Analysis from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (2000-2008). Medical Care.
Miranda, P.Y.,* Tarraf, W.,* González, P., Johnson-Jennings, M.D.*, González, H.M. (2012) Breast cancer screening trends in the United States and ethnicity. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers Prevention.
González, H.M., Vega, W.A., Williams, DR, *Tarraf, W., West, B.T., Neighbors, H.W. (2010) Depression care in the United States: Too little for too few. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(1):37-46
González, H.M., Vega, W.A., Rodríguez, M., *Tarraf, W., Sribney, W. (2009, Invited manuscript) Diabetes Awareness and Knowledge Among Latinos: Does a Usual Source for Health Care Matter? Journal of General Internal Medicine Nov;24 Suppl 3:528-33.
González, H.M., Croghan, T., West, B., Williams, D., Nesse, R, Tarraf, W., Taylor, R., Hinton, L., Neighbors, H., Jackson, J. (2008) Antidepressant use by Blacks and Whites in the United States. Psychiatric Services, Oct 2008;59(10):1131-1138.
González, H.M. Ceballos, M. *Bowen, M.E., *Tarraf, W., Vega, W.A. (2009). The Health of Older Mexican American in the Long Run. American Journal of Public Health, Oct;99(10):1879-85.
*Bowen, M.E. & González, H.M. (2010) Childhood socioeconomic position and disability in later life: nationally representative findings from the Health and Retirement Study. American Journal of Public Health, Apr 1;100 Suppl 1:S197-203.
González, H.M. Croghan, T.W., *Tarraf, W., West, B.T., Bowen, M.E., Cao, Z., Alegría, M. (2009) Antidepressant Use among Latinos in the United States. Depression and Anxiety, 26(7):674-81.
Williams, D.R., González, H.M., Neighbors, H., Nesse, R., Abelson, J.M., Sweetman, Jackson, J.S. (2007) Prevalence and Distribution of Major Depressive Disorder among African Americans, Caribbean Blacks and Non-Hispanic Whites Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 305-315.
*Denotes former or current trainee