We are so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with these incredible government and scientific institutions! By combining all of our expertise and resources, we can make a real difference in the lives of people in Panama and beyond.

Dr. Eugenia Millender CPSHE Founding Co-Director

The Florida FIRST Health Science Brigade



CPSHE is integrated into the Florida FIRST program to mentor and support the early-career FIRST faculty in their journey to apply for an R01 grant within their respective area of research. 

1. Mental Health

2. Chronic Disease Prevention

Learn more about Florida FIRST 

CPSHE FIRST Faculty Mentees 



Recent Publications

Examining biopsychosocial predictors of risk for cognitive impairment among a racially diverse sample of men who have sex with men living with HIV

The current study seeks to examine psychosocial risk factors the contribute to the risk of age-related cognitive impairment as measured by Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging, and Incidence of Dementia (CAIDE) score in a racially diverse sample of MSM living with HIV.


Medicaid Expansion Alone Isn’t Enough to Stop the Opioid Overdose Crisis

CPSHE investigator, Dr. Umed Ibragimov, co-authored this article for the Scientific American which discusses that while expanding Medicaid is a step toward addressing the opioid crisis, it is insufficient on its own. Effective prevention of overdoses requires comprehensive treatment options and legal reforms. 


The Cumulative Influence of Perceived Discrimination, Stress, and Coping Responses on Symptoms of Depression Among Young African American Mothers

Associations between social determinants of health, perceived discrimination, and body mass index on symptoms of depression among young African American mothers

The association between symptoms of depression and risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains equivocal for African American (AA) mothers. We examined the association between social determinants of health (perceived discrimination), and cardiovascular risk (BMI) on symptoms of depression in a sample of young AA mothers.


Living While Black, Gay, and Poor: The Association of Race, Neighborhood Structural Disadvantage, and PrEP Utilization Among a Sample of Black Men Who Have Sex With Men in the Deep South