Welcome to the Challenging Health inequity in Adolescents and Nurturing Global Empowerment (CHANGE) Lab directed by Dr. Idia Thurston! Collectively known as butterflies, our lab consists of the principle investigator, research staff, and undergraduate volunteers. Regardless of if you are a researcher, community organization, family member, or teen, we invite you to explore our webpage to learn more about the work we do! 




The overall vision of the CHANGE lab is to support adolescents to have fair and just opportunities to be as healthy as possible

The CHANGE lab mission is to engage in community-academic partnerships to assess, co-develop, and disseminate health equity science, programs, and policy that support adolescents and their families

The CHANGE lab researches 1) adolescents and their families, 2) multilevel risk and protective factors contributing to health inequities, and 3) community engaged & responsive methods