Current Scholar

Woodjerry Louis

PhD Student, Social Work
Woodjerry Louis
Academic Institution: Washington University in St. Louis Location: St. Louis, Missouri Cohort Start Year: 2022
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Health Care Quality
Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations

FOCUS
Woodjerry is interested in examining how oppression, marginalization, structural racism, and intersectionality identities shape the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in black adolescents. The suicide death rate has increased in black adolescent youth faster than in any other racial/ethnic group. He seeks to address this issue by using community science research to turn data and social science knowledge into action. The overall goal is to develop and implement school-level approaches to suicide prevention through capacity building, equitable systems changes, policy change, and effective psychosocial interventions.

MORE ABOUT WOODJERRY
Throughout his professional career, Woodjerry has focused his work on improving life outcomes and opportunities for marginalized youth through direct practice, community organizing, public policy, and the law. He aims to develop effective systems, policies, and interventions that contribute to the healthy development and well-being of black youth.

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