Jim Anthony
David Barondess
Ahnalee Brincks
  Gustavo de los Campos
Honglei Chen
Debra Furr-Holden
Joseph Gardiner
Hector M. González
Kelly Hirko
Claudia Holzman
Carol Janney
  Allan Kowzlowski
Jean Kerver
Chenxi Li
Qing Lu
Zhehui Luo
Claire Margerison-Zilko
Janet Osuch
Nigel Paneth
Dorothy Pathak
James Pivarnik
Mat Reeves
A.Mahdi. Saeed
Nicole Talge
David Todem
Ana Vázquez
Elizabeth (Betsy) Wasilevich
Julie Wirth
Lixin Zhang
Adjunct Faculty


  David Barondess 


  Madeleine Lenski


Hector M. González, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Bachelor of Science, University of New Mexico – Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego – Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Neurology Department and the Center for Neuroscience - Clinical/Research Neuropsychology

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.