Professor Lapeyrouse’s areas of expertise are in racial/ethnic disparities in mental health and health care access among Latino communities, including immigrant and border populations. Through interdisciplinary training in Women and Gender Studies, Mexican American Studies, and Public Health, her work employs an intersectionality framework where she investigates the impact of racial/ethnic discrimination, gender-based sources of acculturative stress, and culturally protective assets on mental health outcomes.
Lapeyrouse is the principal investigator of “Beyond Rhetoric: Confronting and Combating Racism in Genesee County, Michigan” a project supported by Poverty Solutions and the Center for Social Solutions. On June 10, 2020, the Genesee County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Her research project aims to ensure this resolution has a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of residents of color, extending beyond mere rhetoric.
Ph.D., University of Michigan