Department Faculty

  Jim Anthony
  David Barondess
  Naomi Breslau
  Gustavo de los Campos
  Joseph Gardiner
  Hector M. González
  Claudia Holzman
  Jean Kerver
  Chenxi Li
  Qing Lu
  Zhehui Luo
  Claire Margerison-Zilko
  Janet Osuch
  Nigel Paneth
  Dorothy Pathak
  James Pivarnik
  Mat Reeves
  A.M. Saeed
  Nicole Talge
  David Todem
  Ana Vázquez
  Hao Wang
  Elizabeth (Betsy) Wasilevich
  Julie Wirth
  Lixin Zhang
  Adjunct Faculty

Graduate Director

  David Barondess 

Specialists - Research

  Madeleine Lenski
  Jamil Scott


Hector M. González, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Bachelor of Science, University of New Mexico – Psychology, 1982
Doctor of Philosophy, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego – Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology, 1998
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Neurology Department and the Center for Neuroscience - Clinical/Research Neuropsychology, 1999

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Michigan State University
909 Fee Road Room B601
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Telephone: 517.353.8623 x104
Fax: 517.432.1130

Dr. González’ is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. His primary research interest is in Latino health and he specializes in neuroepidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology and health services research. His research is focused on identifying modifiable factors associated with improving Latino health and healthcare. He has written on the health of older Mexican Americans and the Latino Health Paradox, and his scholarly writing is reshaping current understanding of healthcare inequalities, especially among Latino ethnic groups. Dr. González is PI of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Neurocognitive Reading Center, which is funded by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He is also funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine late-life depression in the United States. He was a contributing author of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force to revise the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Change.

Selected Publications

Ramos, A.R., Tarraf, W., Rundek, T., Redline, S., Wohlgemuth, W.K., Loredo, J.S., Sacco, R.L., Lee, D.J., Arens, R., Lazalde, P., Choca, J.P., Mosley, T.H., González, HM.** (2015) The Association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Neurocognitive Function in Hispanic Men and Women: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study (HCHS/SOL). Neurology. 

González, H.M., Tarraf, W., Gouskova, N., Gallo, L.C., Penendo, F.J., Davis., SM., Lipton, R.B., Argülles, W., Choca, J.P., Catellier, D.J., Mosley, T.H. (2015) Neurocognitive function among middle-aged and older Hispanic/Latinos: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. Feb;30(1):68-77. 

Rodriguez CJ, Daviglus ML, Swett, K, González HM, Gallo LC, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Giachello AL, Teng Y, Schneiderman N, Talavera GA, Kaplan R. (2014) Dyslipidemia Patterns among Hispanics/Latinos in the United States of Diverse Background. American Journal of Medicine, 127(12):1186-1194. 

González, H.M. Tarraf, W., Bowen, M.E., Johnson-Jennings, M.D.,* Fisher, G.G. (2013) What do parents have to do with my cognitive reserve? Life-course perspectives on twelve-year cognitive decline. Neuroepidemiology, 41(2):101-109. 

Tarraf, W.,* Vega, W.A., González, H.M. (2013) Emergency Department Services Use Among Immigrant and Non-immigrant Groups in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. February 

González, H.M., Tarraf, W.,* Whitfield, K.E., Gallo, J.J. (2012) The epidemiology of vascular depression in the United States. Journal of Psychiatric Research, Apr;46(4):456-61. 

González, H.M., Vega, W.A., Tarraf, W., Whitfield, K.E. (2010) The epidemiology of major depression and ethnicity in the United States. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 44, 1043-51. 

González, H.M., Vega, W.A., Williams, DR, Tarraf, W., West, B.T., Neighbors, H.W. (2010) Depression care in the United States: Too little for too few. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(1):37-46 

González, H.M. Ceballos, M., Bowen, M.E.,* Tarraf, W.,* Vega, W.A. (2009). The Health of Older Mexican American in the Long Run. American Journal of Public Health, Oct;99(10):1879-85. 

González, H.M. Bowen, M.E. & Fisher, G.G. (2008) Memory Decline and Depressive Symptoms in a Nationally Representative Sample of Older Adults: The Health and Retirement Study (1998-2004). Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 13;25(3):266-271. 

Haan M.N. Mungas, D.M. González, H.M., Ortiz T.O. Acharya, A. Miller, J.W. Jagust, W.J. (2003) Prevalence of dementia in older Latinos: The influence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, stroke and genetic factors. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Feb;51(2):169-77.