Research and Reports

In collaboration with scholars from a range of disciplines, RISE3 conducts research at the intersection of race, place, and poverty, producing knowledge of national and global significance. Here’s an overview of current and recent work.


Residential Segregation and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Ambient Air Pollution

The authors, including a founding co-director of RISE3, examine the association between racial residential segregation and racial/ethnic inequalities in exposure to three types of air pollutants.
Bongki Woo, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Victoria Sass, Kyle Crowder, Samantha Teixeira, and David Takeuchi.
Race and Social Problems, October 2018.

Research in Social, Economic and Environmental Equity (RISE3)

Two of the founding directors of RISE3 write about the initiative’s goals and approach in Generations, the journal of the American Society on Aging.
Tiziana Dearing, Ruth McRoy, and Tess Mulrean.
Generations, Summer 2018.

Early-Life Air Pollution Exposure, Neighborhood Poverty, and Childhood Asthma in the United States, 1990–2014

This study examines the association of childhood asthma risk with air pollution exposure during prenatal and postnatal periods, as well as effect modification by neighborhood poverty.
Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Samantha Teixeira, Anjum Hajat, Bongki Woo, Kyle Crowder, and David Takeuchi.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, May 2018.

The Effects of Air Pollution on Individual Psychological Distress

This study uses longitudinal data to assess the relationship between exposure to air pollution and reports of psychological distress—and concludes that efforts to reduce the costs of mental illness should address facets of the physical environment such as air pollution.
Victoria Sass, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Steven M. Karceski, Anjum Hajat, Kyle Crowder, and David Takeuchi.
Health and Place, November 2017.

Culture and Family Process: Measures of Familism for Filipino and Korean American Parents

The authors use data collected from parents to test the psychometric properties of multiple survey items and scales that are either underused or newly developed to assess familism among Asian Americans.
Yoonsun Choi, Tae Yeun Kim, Samuel Noh, Jeanette Lee, and David Takeuchi.
Family Process, October 2017.

Social Services, Social Justice and Social Innovations: Lessons for Addressing Income Inequality

RISE3 founding co-director Tiziana Dearing explores lessons about income inequality, relates those lessons to ethical practices, and examines innovations in social services that hold promise for addressing inequality.
Tiziana Dearing.
Religions, May 2017.

Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Among Immigrant Populations

The authors review the literature on the smoking behavior of foreign-born people in the United States, examine issues related to immigrant health and smoking behavior, and identify opportunities for future research.
David T. Takeuchi and Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz.
A Socioecological Approach to Addressing Tobacco-Related Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute Tobacco Control Monograph 22, 2017.

Reports & Other Publications

Race and Income Equity in Childcare

The product of a months-long data analysis conducted with the Obama Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Partnerships, this report investigates how race, income, and places affect access to childcare.
Summer Hawkins, Tiziana Dearing, and David Takeuchi, 2017.

Race, Poverty, and Equity in Neighborhood Transportation

Based on data analysis conducted in partnership with the Obama Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Partnerships, this report investigates the impact of race, income, and place on transportation.
Tiziana Dearing, Summer Hawkins, and David Takeuchi, 2017.

W.E.B. Du Bois Review: Special Issue

Co-edited by a RISE3 founding co-director, the special issue of this journal focused on race and environmental equity.
David Takeuchi, Samantha Teixeira, Lisa Sun-Hee Park, and Yonette Thomas (editors), 2016.

The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

The “most authoritative report on the subject in nearly two decades,” according to the Washington Post, this report simultaneously paints a broad picture of immigration in America and details the realities of integration.
David Takeuchi, co-author, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2015.

Ongoing Research

Demographic Vulnerability, Air Pollution, and Racial Health Disparities

This project uses PSID data and maps on air pollution data to test how pollutants help explain racial disparities in health outcomes.
David T. Takeuchi, NICHD-funded grant, Kyle Crowder, PI.

Culture, Family Process, and Developmental Outcomes in Asian American Youth

In this NIH-funded study, RISE3 co-founding director David T. Takeuchi and others are examining the racial and cultural dimensions that facilitate and constrain engagement in risky behaviors among adolescents as they enter into adulthood.
David T. Takeuchi, NIH grant, Yoonsun Choi, PI.

Catholic Charities Teen Center Evaluation

A team of researchers led by Boston College Social Work Professors Margaret Lombe and Samantha Teixeira are examining outcomes for youth participants in the Catholic Charities Teen Center at Saint Peter’s in Dorchester.
Margaret Lombe and Samantha Teixeira, et al.