The RHAYA (pronounced RAY-uh) lab broadly examines health-risk behaviors from early adolescence to young adulthood. The lab focuses on co-occurrence of health-risks, such as obesity and substance use, as well as the biobehavioral and social-contextual processes underlying risky behavior. Addressing newer forms of health-risks popular among youth, such as e-cigarettes/vaping, is also a priority for the RHAYA lab. In addition, the RHAYA lab is interested in understanding developmental outcomes of obese youth from a social developmental perspective, including the role of bullying/victimization on school dropout.
Carly the Puggle, The RHAYA lab mascot