Current Scholar

Zeruiah Buchanan

PhD Student, Epidemiology
Zeruiah Buchanan
Academic Institution: University of Washington Location: Seattle, Washington Cohort Start Year: 2022
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Health Care Access, Racial Justice
Populations Served: African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, LGBTQ+ Communities

FOCUS
Zeruiah is passionate about addressing suicide prevention, postvention, and care in marginalized communities. Scholars have highlighted alarming increases in suicidal behavior and suicide among black youth. Zeruiah’s research will include exploring the unique causes and symptoms of suicide among black girls, destigmatizing suicidality nationally through culturally humble mechanisms, and promoting policies that will help prevent suicides across the nation.

MORE ABOUT ZERUIAH
As a black, queer, hard-of-hearing woman, Zeruiah assesses issues through a lens of intersectionality, equity, and humility. She understands that investigating illnesses requires exploration at all levels of the social-ecological model. Her research will prioritize actively listening to marginalized lived experiences to humanize data and policy.

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