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Tyler McCoy Gay
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:07 pm
FOCUS Tyler’s research aims to explore police discrimination and over surveillance practices toward Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) to mitigate negative psychosocial impacts. A recent national study illustrated that 43 percent of BMSM who interacted with law enforcement reported experiences of police discrimination. Additionally, emerging research demonstrates that perceived racism and homophobia… View Article
Khadijah Ameen
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:41 pm
FOCUS Khadijah’s doctoral research is on place-based, community-led interventions to address Black health inequities in the United States. As a Black woman raised in Virginia and Georgia, Khadijah is particularly interested in the impact of racism and intersecting forms of oppression on Black health in the American South. Due to centuries of structural violence in… View Article
Keiwana Glover
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:40 pm
FOCUS Starting her doctoral program during a pandemic was challenging, but surprisingly not the most difficult experience of Keiwana’s first year. After starting her research rotation in a lab that focuses on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, she started to suffer from “auto-immune flare-ups” herself. Several misdiagnoses later, Keiwana was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, an… View Article
Christin J. Salley
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:25 pm
FOCUS Christin’s research interests include network dynamics, social media, disaster response, spatiotemporal analytics, and machine learning to assess social systems within communities before, during, or after a natural disaster. She finds that this research is critical because millions of people are continuously harmed by the effects of disasters worldwide, and there are current shortcomings that… View Article
Ariana Mora
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:22 pm
FOCUS Ariana is interested in the impact of healthcare deprivation on historically and newly disadvantaged groups. She aims to promote access to quality healthcare by designing evidence-based interventions that integrate affected groups’ perspectives and experiences in order to address existing limitations within social and healthcare systems. Through her personal experiences and clinical exposure, particular issues… View Article
Shlon A. Smith
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:58 pm
FOCUS Shlon’s research interests center around addressing the academic and mental health needs of students in low-income and urban communities. Her research focuses on effective and comprehensive policy development and implementation that specifically addresses the health and wellness needs of vulnerable populations who may experience food insecurity, lack of access to health care, and other… View Article
Alexandra Maxim
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:22 pm
FOCUS Alex works on the development of equitable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure systems that prioritize the well-being of the communities they are meant to serve. She finds that this is crucial, as impacts from climate change pose a great risk to the underlying infrastructure of vulnerable communities. She researches the social resilience of communities in… View Article
Raven Hardy
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:26 pm
FOCUS Raven’s research focus combines neuroscience, nutrition, and psychopathology. She is interested in maladaptive eating behaviors. The goal of her project is to identify risk and resilience factors for disorders such as obesity and food addiction. She is interested in the psychopathological, neurobiological, endocrinological, cognitive profiles, and eating behaviors that might predict these disorders. To… View Article
Jovan Julien
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:22 pm
FOCUS Isolated and marginalized individuals, families, communities, and organizations often have the least access to the data and evidence that can help clarify the likely outcomes, trade-offs, costs, and benefits of a complex interaction of specific policies and dilemmas faced by decision-makers. Jovan’s research integrates and synthesizes evidence-based models that are accessible, relevant, and available… View Article

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