A primary interest of mine is the study of cultural idioms of distress, most notably ataques de nervios (or nervous attacks). Growing up, I witnessed my mother having ataques and to see her in such a painful state, left an indelible impression on me. To date, I have written about its association with physical and mental health among Puerto Rican children.
Lewis-Fernández, R., & López, I. (2016). Ataques de Nervios. In B. A. Sharpless (Ed.). Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders: A Handout for Clinical Practice and Research. Oxford University Press. López, I & *Ho., A. (2013). Culture-bound or culturally salient? Unbinding the culture-bound syndromes. In K. Keith (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Cross Cultural Psychology. Wiley Blackwell Publishers. (Accepted).