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Samuel Liburd Jr.
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:44 pm
FOCUS Transplant is a new medical discipline, but has seen transformative success in its ability to save lives. Access to this incredible gift is limited, not only by the number of donors available but also through the discarding of donated organs due to poorly understood donor and clinical criteria. Within minority communities, this travesty is… View Article
Shannon Whittaker
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:55 pm
FOCUS Current research perpetuates a narrow understanding of built and social environments as static hubs where “bad health” only occurs in “bad neighborhoods,” drawing attention away from external forces that shape neighborhood conditions and the well-being of residents. By examining place, race, and health through a historical lens, Shannon hopes to evaluate how structural forms… View Article
Jamilah R. George
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:52 pm
FOCUS Committed to social advocacy and health equity, Jamilah’s research largely focuses on mental health disparities and the impact of sociocultural factors on the mental health of marginalized individuals. Specifically, she researches the etiology and treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, PTSD/racial trauma, and the neurological underpinnings of these disorders. Jamilah is currently part of… View Article
Emmanuella Asabor
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:09 pm
FOCUS How might an understanding of structural violence inform interventions that ameliorate the disproportionate burden of illness on Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color in the U.S.? How does moving beyond race, class, and geography as inherent risk factors, to an understanding of racism, classism, and segregation, allow for more accurate disease modeling and… View Article
Chloe Sariego
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:48 pm
FOCUS Chloe studies the cultural, social, and historical processes through which bodies, nations, and their borders take shape in the U.S. She pays special attention to the changing context of immigration law and U.S. border policies and their shifting control of reproduction and family formation. In particular, her research examines the provision of reproductive health… View Article
Alberto Cifuentes, Jr.
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS Urban sex workers, regardless of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, experience high levels of prejudice and discrimination that negatively impact their health outcomes. Moreover, these individuals often lack access to health care, employment, housing, and educational opportunities because of their culturally stigmatized status in society. Alberto’s research seeks to not only reduce prejudicial views of… View Article
Dakota Cintron
Posted On July 23, 2019 8:12 pm
FOCUS Dakota’s academic research interests are in longitudinal and structural equation modeling. In particular, his academic research goals are to conduct methodological research on longitudinal and structural equation modeling, as well as help others apply longitudinal and structural equation models to understand growth and psychopathology. MORE ABOUT DAKOTA Dakota Cintron is currently pursuing a PhD… View Article
Destiny M. B. Printz Pereira
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:42 pm
FOCUS Destiny’s research aims to address mental and physical health disparities in marginalized populations. She is primarily interested in building coping and resilience in people of color, and low-income individuals and families, to reduce the impact of trauma and chronic stress. Her current research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of trauma, perceived discrimination, symptoms of… View Article
Demar F. Lewis IV
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:24 pm
FOCUS Demar aspires to ensure that the U.S. criminal justice system discontinues its practices of mass elimination. Right now, this work is in progress inside and outside of the academy. People living in communities that have historically experienced lynching are more likely to experience incarceration, fatal police-citizen encounters, deportation, and persisting social inequities that lead… View Article
Jessica Cerdeña
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:52 pm
FOCUS Jessica applies a biocultural lens to health disparities, studying the epigenetic underpinnings of intergenerational trauma among Latin American migrants to New Haven, Connecticut. Using ethnographic and epigenetic methods, she attempts to understand the embodiment of migration-related trauma. In her career as a physician-anthropologist, Jessica plans to deploy her research at the intersection of community… View Article

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