Ezemenari Obasi

Founder and Professor (2016-2024)
Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences
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Research Interests
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.
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News

When Dr. Ezemenari Obasi first envisioned a groundbreaking national research center at the…
When University of Houston’s Dr. Omolola Adepoju delivered her third son who was a premature baby,…
Two years ago, when HEALTH Research Institute’s Hinal Patel was first asked to join the HEALTH–FAST…
Facing a deluge of stressors in their post-pandemic reality, Americans have reported their highest…
For more than 12 years, the Syrian people have struggled to survive in a war zone, after the…
It’s a jarring reality in the U.S. that health disparities significantly impact disease differences…
While the concept of medication adherence can be complex, there are several pivotal reasons why…
Empathy, creativity, and critical thinking are the indelible roots of early leadership which must…
Struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
can be a difficult, debilitating…
When Dr. Nancy Herrera first discovered she was selected for a postdoctoral fellowship with HEALTH-…
Nearly three years into COVID-19 pandemic, the looming threat of yet another highly contagious…
It is a rare gift when a career path mirrors a “true calling” from the heart. Yet, for HEALTH-RCMI…
Lorra Garey Awarded $1.3M Grant from National Institute on Drug Abuse
There is nothing more heartbreaking than losing a loved one—a child or a parent—due to a “…
Dr. Ezemenari Obasi speaks on NPR member station Houston Public Media with reporter Matthew Harab
To nurture the research paths of early-stage investigators, pilot project grants are tailored to…
After years of working as a research chemist, University of Houston doctoral student Kerry Chávez…
How do we cope with the learned helplessness, the sorrow and shock after inexplicable events like…
Parents and schools are forced to find ways to have a difficult conversation about violence. What…
The jarring reality of a COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the stressors of job loss and increasing…
Dr. Ezemenari Obasi weighs in on new research to better understand vaccine hesitancy
People with mental illness in the Hispanic and Latino communities face challenges getting help,…
HRI Director Dr. Ezemenari Obasi is featured in this Houston Chronicle Op-ed regarding the…
With COVID-19 vaccines more readily available than ever, there remains vaccine hesitancy in diverse…
The University of Houston announced the winners for the 2020-21 Awards for Excellence in Research,…
HRI Director, Dr. Ezemenari Obasi, is featured in this gripping article about stress and its impact…
Introducing our New National Research Center, a giant leap forward in Helping Everyone Achieve a…
Dr. Ezemenari Obasi, Director of HRI, is featured in this important article regarding drug overdose…
Project UHAND'S first cohort has graduated from the program! It has successfully increased the…
We are excited to announce that the UHAND project has a second cohort of scholars, which comprises…
Our annual report is ready to view!
Dr. Ezemenari Obasi, Director of HRI, was a panelist in a virtual panel discussion on Black health.
Dr. Obasi was a featured expert on Houston's ABC13 News Today. He discussed the traumatic…
The HEALTH Research Institute designed the TOUCH program, funded by the United Health Foundation…
In this powerful piece, Dr. Ezemenari Obasi, Director of HRI, discusses how the coronavirus…
Dr. Ezemenari Obasi, Director of HRI, speaks to Fox News regarding the importance of COVID-19…
Dr. Ezemenari Obasi, Director of HRI, speaks about ways to manage stress during COVID-19 social…
HRI awarded 2 pilot project grants to expand the HRI’s membership and work in the area of basic…
The HEALTH Research Institute (HRI) held its inaugural conference, HEALTH: A Call to Action, on…
One year after launching in Houston’s East End, the University of Houston’s Project TOUCH (Treating…
This quarter HRI submitted grant submissions on a variety of topics such as addiction training,…
This event was created to help economically disadvantaged kids and their families. With…
In support of the HRI’s goal to become a national Center of Excellence, the HRI recently released a…
Dr. Daphne C. Hernandez recently received funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National…
The HRI team is excited to announce the launch of our new website and YouTube channel! Check out…
2020 is a month away, which means we’re a month closer to the HEALTH Research Institute’s first…
TOUCH's very own, Victoria Lara speaks about the importance of early prevention through…
HRI collaborated with Council Member Karla Cisneros to present the 2019 Health and Resource Fair to…
On April 27th, Project TOUCH administered free health screenings at Mason Park. Based on their…
Dr. Obasi and affiliates, Dr. Liaw and Dr. Reed, spoke on the Community Dialog on Diabetes panel…
The five-year grant will support research from the UH College of Education to investigate…
The University of Houston releases its official announcement of the HEALTH Research Institute.
TOUCH, TTTF, and UHAND programs come to East End, in collaboration with Councilwoman Karla Cisneros…
Dr. Obasi discusses treatment options for alcohol abuse that include behavioral therapy, medication…
Midway through a three-year, $2 million grant from the United Health Foundation, University of…
The University of Houston Magazine's Fall 2018 edition, titled "The Health Issue,"…
According to the American Diabetes Association, between 2002 and 2013 the average price of insulin…
The latest issue of the UH Research & Innovation Magazine focuses on the role urban…
A $2 million grant will help the institute work to prevent and treat obesity and Type 2 diabetes in…