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Ezemenari Obasi

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Professor and HRI Co-founder
Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences 
Farish 466G

Dr. Obasi has a current program of research that focuses on the neurobiology of stress, addictions, health disparities that disproportionately affect the African American community, and cultural predictors of health behaviors.


When Dr. Ezemenari Obasi first envisioned a groundbreaking national research center at the University of Houston, he wanted the center to be a “game-changer” which would have a transformative impact on underserved communities.
February 5, 2024
When University of Houston’s Dr. Omolola Adepoju delivered her third son who was a premature baby, she faced a difficult challenge not only in terms of caring for her son, but also the palpable sting of a staggering hospital bill.
September 13, 2023
Two years ago, when HEALTH Research Institute’s Hinal Patel was first asked to join the HEALTH–FAST initiative, it was a meaningful opportunity that she knew she had to embrace.
For Patel, the challenge of training doctoral scholars, postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage investigators to become future scientists was an endeavor she deeply wanted to pursue.
August 4, 2023
Facing a deluge of stressors in their post-pandemic reality, Americans have reported their highest stress level in a 15-year history based on a poll conducted by the American Psychological Association. The uptick of stress and trauma in the U.S. is due to a myriad of factors including financial stress, inflation, divisive political climate, systemic racism, a sense
of loss from COVID-19, War in Ukraine, and global uncertainty.
July 26, 2023
For more than 12 years, the Syrian people have struggled to survive in a war zone, after the relentless civil war which has displaced more than five million people. The dire humanitarian crisis has become a defining inspiration and impetus for University of Houston researcher Samina Salim, Ph.D.
May 30, 2023