Welcome to the CHANGE lab!

Directed by Dr. Idia Thurston in the Clinical Psychology Program at The University of Memphis.





The CHANGE lab aims to decrease HIV and obesity related health disparities and increase global empowerment among adolescents, young adults, and their families.



We are interested in exploring risk and protective factors that contribute to HIV and obesity disparities. We aim to develop culturally-responsive interventions to promote healthier lifestyles, improve health, enhance well-being, and decrease risk behaviors in adolescents and young adults (AYA).



Our approach considers the intersectionality of multicultural identities and is primarily guided by Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles, syndemic theory, and socioecological framework. Our goals are to reach and serve diverse populations who have been underrepresented in research and treatment, including racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, sexual minorities, women, and those with limited access to resources and mental health services.



We are conducting projects with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Family Safety Center, Grace House of Memphis, Friends for Life, Playback Memphis, and other local Memphis community organizations. We have ongoing collaborative projects with researchers in other departments at the University of Memphis, Boston Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan, Loma Linda University, and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johanessburg, South Africa.