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Carol E. Ramos Gerena
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:24 pm
FOCUS As a biologist and environmental planner from Puerto Rico, Carol wants to contribute to the food sovereignty of her country. Recent unprecedented and “fast-track” land use policy deregulation in Puerto Rico will be documented and detailed in her research, centering the perspective of local food producers. With her dissertation, Carol plans to promote effective,… View Article
Brianna A. Baker
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:23 pm
FOCUS Brianna’s research concerns the study and protection of Black mental health using community-level, clinical psychological science. As a Southern Black woman, she has watched anti-Black racism and gender-based violence become internalized by those who look like her. She is particularly concerned with how American colonialism continues to affect the mental well-being of the Black… View Article
Leah Estrada
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:31 pm
FOCUSPalliative care is essential in providing high-quality end-of-life care. Unfortunately, the end-of-life experience in the United States is often associated with increased physical and emotional suffering for patients and their families, particularly for racial/ethnic minorities. As such, Leah believes in advancing health equity in palliative care by increasing access and optimizing quality of life in… View Article
Jenna Sung
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:57 pm
FOCUSIn the United States, up to 80 percent of youth in need of psychological services never receive them despite the significant advancements in psychological intervention research. Treatment access disparities are largest among Asian American youth, especially immigrants, reporting the lowest service utilization rates than any other ethnic minority groups. As a clinical scientist, Jenna aspires… View Article
Andrea Duran
Posted On July 23, 2019 8:14 pm
FOCUS Andrea Duran’s research interests include the endocrine and immune responses to acute and chronic sedentary behavior, physical inactivity and exercise in individuals with and without obesity in underrepresented communities. She aspires to translate her research into effective inter-disciplinary behavioral programs for obesity and cardiometabolic disease prevention at different sociological levels. MORE ABOUT ANDREA Andrea… View Article
Hawi Teizazu
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:47 pm
FOCUS Hawi is interested in investigating the social and structural factors that impact the health outcomes of racial minorities, and the ways that the social capital of minority communities can be incorporated into public health services. Health interventions in historically marginalized communities are often informed by deficit-focused frameworks. Hawi hopes that her work will reframe… View Article
Tiana Moore
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:32 pm
FOCUS Housing is one of the most important social determinants of health. Dimensions of housing, including stability, quality, and conditions of the surrounding neighborhood can pose differential risks for families according to socioeconomic status. Tiana’s current research investigates these dimensions’ association with developmental outcomes in the contexts of city-level and federal housing interventions. She hopes… View Article
Benjamin Carter
Posted On July 23, 2019 3:13 pm
FOCUS Even the most promising social policy will fail to improve society if it is not politically viable. Ben uses economic and public opinion experiments to study how citizens understand and vote about policies that affect the public distribution of benefits. His research will help policymakers frame and execute their legislative agendas by exploring how… View Article

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