Coping Together: Reducing Mental Health Disparities for Latinx Families (2022-2023)

Latinx immigrant and refugee families in the U.S. have historically been denied access to culturally appropriate mental health services. This disparity was exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately affected the mental health of Latinx groups. The 13.7 million Latinx families in the U.S. also experienced aggravated economic hardship leading to increased incidence of family conflict and domestic violence.

This project team conducted several listening sessions with Latinx community partners in Durham to determine how to culturally adapt Coping Together, an existing family-based mental health intervention that has been deployed in global settings, for use with Latinx immigrant and refugee families in the U.S. Using the data collected from these sessions, the team developed a prototype adaptation of the program. Project members then met with stakeholders to elicit their feedback on the adapted intervention.


Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 

Team Outputs

Adapting a Mental Health Intervention for Latinx Families (2023 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase)

Coping Together: Reducing Mental Health Disparities for Latinx Families (poster by Gonzalo Meneses, Maeve Salm, Rafaella Zanatti Trovarelli, Ashley Alcantar Magana, Mia Miranda, Ronit Sethi, Susana Muñoz Lara, Tanner Mercer, Eve Puffer and Gabriela Nagy, presented at Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase, Duke University, April 19, 2023)

Proposed adaptation of the Coping Together intervention for Latinx families

This Team in the News

Partnering with Latinx Community Members to Build Resilience Among Immigrant Families

Graduate and Professional Student Spotlight: Reflections from the Class of 2023

Faculty Perspectives: Eve Puffer

See earlier related team, Coping with COVID-19: Using Behavioral Science and Digital Health to Promote Healthy Families (2020-2021).


Image: Slide from Coping Together presentation by Eve Puffer, Amber Rieder and Wanda Boone, October 27, 2021

Tree with roots.

Team Leaders

  • Gabriela Nagy Carrasquel, School of Medicine-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Eve Puffer, Arts & Sciences-Psychology and Neuroscience

/graduate Team Members

  • Gayane Baziyants, Public Policy Studies-PHD
  • Gonzalo Meneses Gonzales, MIDP 2 Year Masters
  • Maeve Salm, Global Health - MSc

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Ashley Alcantar Magana, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Tanner Mercer, Evolutionary Anthropology (BS)
  • Mia Miranda, Psychology (AB)
  • Susana Munoz-Lara, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Ronit Sethi, Biology (BS)
  • Rafaella Zanatti Trovarelli, Psychology (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Rushina Cholera, School of Medicine-Pediatrics: Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Andrea Diaz Stransky, School of Medicine-Psychiatry: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Irene Felsman, School of Nursing
  • Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, School of Nursing
  • Jennifer Plumb Vilardaga, School of Medicine-Population Health Sciences
  • Allison Stafford, School of Nursing