Hector M. Gonzalez
Elizabeth (Betsy) Wasilevich
Graduate DirectorSpecialists - Research
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
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.
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).
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
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,
Tarraf, W., Bowen, M.E., Johnson-Jennings,
M.D.,* Fisher, G.G. (2013)
What do parents have to do with my cognitive
perspectives on twelve-year cognitive decline.
W.,* Vega, W.A., González, H.M.
Department Services Use Among Immigrant and Non-immigrant Groups in the
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. February
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,
(2010) The epidemiology of major depression and ethnicity in the United
States. Journal of Psychiatric
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,
Bowen, M.E.,* Tarraf,
W.,* Vega, W.A. (2009). The Health of
Older Mexican American
in the Long Run.
American Journal of Public Health,
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
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,