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Maurryce Starks
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:18 pm
FOCUS How does our brain and physiological activity change as a consequence of social stress? What tools can be utilized during or after negative social interactions to improve mental and physical health outcomes? Using neuroimaging techniques, Maurryce studies how complex social interactions (e.g., vicarious racism) affect our neural activity and cognitive functioning. He also seeks… View Article
Latesha K. Harris
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:07 pm
FOCUS Latesha’s mission is to advance the scientific understanding of cardiometabolic health disparities and improve cardiometabolic health outcomes among black women. Her emerging program of research explores the intersection of structural racism, psychosocial stress, and racial/ethnic inequities in women’s cardiometabolic health across the life course. Her current research examines how race-related stressors (i.e., racism, discrimination,… View Article
Rumana S. Rabbani
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:46 pm
FOCUS Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline workers with lived experience of their communities, yet historically have been a marginalized workforce. Rumana’s preliminary research shows institutional racism and power is a root cause for barriers of integration and licensure, and inequities such as funding, and notably a lack of power, voice, and agency. Her research… View Article
Manuel J. Galvan
Posted On November 29, 2020 1:59 pm
FOCUSHow do inequalities of the past maintain inequality in the present (and future)? What can we do to disrupt this pattern and build a more equitable tomorrow? To address these questions, Manuel investigates how racial and economic inequality influences health, decision-making, self-perception, policy preferences, and beliefs about success and deservingness. He focuses on topics at… View Article
Madison McCall
Posted On November 29, 2020 1:54 pm
FOCUSMadison’s research interests center around the development, dissemination, and evaluation of digital tools that advance mental health care delivery for underserved children and their families. As a doctoral student, Madison plans to translate her research into design and implementation strategies that improve the effectiveness, sustainability, and scalability of technology-enhanced treatments. MORE ABOUT MADISONMadison is well… View Article
Hayden Dawes
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:39 pm
FOCUSHayden’s research aims to promote the mental health and social well-being of people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals by improving mental health services, systems, and policies. LGBTQIA+ people of color face interlocking systems of oppression related to their race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender that contribute to various mental health disparities. Hayden’s research will address these… View Article
Gabriella Alvarez
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS How does the social world get under the skin to sculpt the brain and body? As the central question in her work, Gabriella specifically explores how sociocultural risk factors (i.e., race-related and socioeconomic stress) are represented in brain activity and translated into physiological changes that have relevance for mental and physical health. She also… View Article
Paul Shafer
Posted On July 23, 2019 8:18 pm
FOCUS Paul is currently working to measure the effect of coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act on emergency department and primary care utilization with a focus on the previously uninsured. He is also working to estimate the impact of federal, state, and insurer advertising on consumer engagement with state and federal health insurance exchanges…. View Article
Henry Willis
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:20 pm
FOCUS Henry Willis is interested in exploring how specific sociocultural risk (i.e., race-related stress) and protective (i.e., racial identity) factors affect the mental health of African-Americans. During his doctoral program, he plans to translate this research into cultural adaptations of mental health treatments for underserved populations. He also will begin creating mobile-health mental health applications… View Article

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