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Carmela Roybal

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

Sociology of Health and Medicine , Race and Ethnicity

Research Statement:

Carmela M. Roybal’s primary research interests involve ethnic and racial disparities in health and the underlying social processes that contribute to disparate substance use and suicide patterns among racial and ethnic populations. Her current research explores the racial and ethnic variations in contextual factors that increase and decrease the risk for drug overdose death and substance use throughout the life course, as well as the state government policies, social inclusion (i.e., state redistributive policies), and governance philosophies (i.e., liberal to conservative) that increase social regulation on the well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives. 


Carmela M. Roybal is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico, where she studies the sociology of health, race, and ethnicity with an emphasis on the social determinants of mental health and drug use. Her research focuses on Native American and Latino populations; her master’s thesis examined the state-level risk and protective factors of suicide for American Indian and Alaska Natives. Her dissertation research focuses on the social determinants of substance use, addiction, and overdose death.