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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
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
Rehaana Herbert
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:42 pm
FOCUS Rehaana is passionate about identifying the historically systemic issues that contribute to the inequalities of communities of color. Her research explores economic disparities, wealth gaps, and financial wellness, focusing on systemic and structural problems that impact the well-being of women of color. Rehaana is committed to engaging in research that prioritizes black and brown… View Article
Brianna J. Suslovic
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:25 pm
FOCUS Brianna seeks to remedy gaps in access to client-centered, trauma-informed, and uninterrupted mental healthcare for individuals accused of crimes in the United States. Her research focuses on the nexus of jail-based and community-based mental healthcare systems. She is interested in studying the clinical outcomes and administrative processes associated with mental-health-focused policing interventions and court… View Article
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
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
Keona J. Wynne
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:26 pm
FOCUSKeona envisions a world where everyone has all of the internal and external tools they need to thrive. In public health and society, there is a narrow focus on the individual and how to cultivate health-seeking behaviors within one person. She believes that the values and desires to thrive and remain healthy are embedded within… 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
Christian Maino Vieytes
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:53 pm
FOCUSChristian’s research interests lie at the intersection of nutrition, epidemiology, statistics, and computer science. Harnessing tools from each of those fields, Christian examines the relationships between dietary factors and cancer-relevant outcomes in traditionally understudied cancer types (e.g., head and neck cancers). Christian’s interests also extend to how a cancer diagnosis impacts patients financially. Specifically, he… View Article

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