Dr. Vásquez has a strong interest in expanding scientific knowledge of race and ethnic differences in physical activity and sedentary behavior. Her two interconnected research themes are: (1) Examining physical activity prevalence and its relationship with adverse and positive health outcomes in older adults. (2) Examining the individual-level indicators and the ecological impact of social context which contributes to differential health outcomes in older racial and ethnically diverse populations, in particular Latinos.
In addition, Dr. Vásquez is a fellow with the Sustained Training in Aging and HIV Research (STAHR) program and a mentee with the Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). She is also an affiliated investigator with the Study of Latinos (SOL) and part of the Physical Activity Writing Group and the Aging Writing Group for this project. She is an alumna of the National Institute of Aging Butler-Williams Scholars Program.
- Aging population
- Physical activity
- Bone health
- Chronic pain
- Social determinants of health