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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
Pyar Seth
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:04 pm
FOCUS Pyar studies Black sociopolitical life and death and how medical language, strategies, and technologies reenact and adhere race to bodies. Through an examination of institutional intervention and state violence, he also focuses on understanding the nature of stress and well-being in Black communities through capturing geographies of affect, bio-sensing, and psychophysiological response to racial… View Article
Natasha M. Lee-Johnson
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:03 pm
FOCUS Little is known about Black women with intellectual disabilities and their experiences with sexual and reproductive healthcare. However, it is now understood that Black women experience increased uterine fibroids, maternal mortality, and disparities in accessing healthcare services (e.g., early prenatal care, fertility treatment). In addition, women with intellectual disabilities are at increased risk for… 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
James Green
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:39 pm
FOCUS James is conducting research to empower queer and trans youth of color in their experiences with mental illness and mental health services. Power differentials exist between youth and adults, which are exacerbated by homophobia, transphobia, and racism, and this impacts youths’ access to and confidence in mental health services. James’ research uses digital ethnographic… View Article
Chlece Walker-Neal-Murray
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:25 pm
FOCUS Chlece would like to create a family court that is more therapeutic in nature, prioritizing the health of individuals and families. Her research interests focus on understanding systemic problems that impact the health of families who interact with family court. Specifically, she is interested in eliminating obstacles to health equity by understanding, mitigating, and… 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
Ashley J. Cooper
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:22 pm
FOCUS Ashley’s mission is to improve health outcomes for Black women in the United States. She believes that successful healthcare research requires diverse perspectives and a shift toward the intersectional scholarship model to develop population-specific interventions. Her current research examines the prevalence of obesity and cardiometabolic disorders in Black US women, and how individual and… View Article
Alec Marcus Hall
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:16 pm
FOCUS Alec’s passion for research involves developing a school-based integrated model that involves restorative justice and Youth Participatory Action Research within a Multi-tiered Systems of Support framework. He wants to develop this model to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline metaphor that disproportionately affects children of color. Many children of color who come from urban backgrounds may… View Article

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