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Sierra Clark
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:51 pm
FOCUS Sierra is interested in understanding how to make green spaces (e.g., parks, lakes, community gardens) more accessible to black Americans. This work involves analyzing how green spaces are constructed as white spaces and the formal and informal mechanisms that prevent or facilitate nonwhite access to these spaces. Sierra finds the racialization of green space… View Article
Laura Joaquina Morales
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:47 pm
FOCUS Laura is passionate about improving the lives of those who lack access to clean water due to affordability or physical infrastructure. Water systems in the United States are reflective of the built environment. There are more than 50,000 community water systems, and half of those serve 500 people or fewer. Fragmentation of these systems… View Article
Brianna N. Davis
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:30 pm
FOCUS Brianna is passionate about improving mental health for individuals involved with the justice system, especially racial minorities. She is particularly interested in examining the etiology of externalizing problems with a focus on psychopathy, violence, and aggression. She believes that understanding the root causes of these serious behavioral issues will alleviate a significant portion of… View Article
Larry (Leo) Davis
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:28 pm
FOCUS The systemic inequities Leo has overcome contribute to his understanding and passion for systemic change in all domains of policy, economic development, and institutional programming. He intends to change the narrative of black fathers impacted by the carceral system and contribute new knowledge as to the significance black fathers have on child mental/health development,… View Article
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
Woodjerry Louis
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:16 pm
FOCUS Woodjerry is interested in examining how oppression, marginalization, structural racism, and intersectionality identities shape the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in black adolescents. The suicide death rate has increased in black adolescent youth faster than in any other racial/ethnic group. He seeks to address this issue by using community science research to turn… View Article
Zeruiah Buchanan
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:11 pm
FOCUS Zeruiah is passionate about addressing suicide prevention, postvention, and care in marginalized communities. Scholars have highlighted alarming increases in suicidal behavior and suicide among Black youth. Zeruiah’s research will include exploring the unique causes and symptoms of suicide among Black girls, destigmatizing suicidality nationally through culturally humble mechanisms, and promoting policies that will help… View Article
Latesha K. Harris
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:07 pm
FOCUS Latesha’s mission is to advance the scientific understanding of cardiometabolic health disparities and improve cardiometabolic health outcomes among black women. Her emerging program of research explores the intersection of structural racism, psychosocial stress, and racial/ethnic inequities in women’s cardiometabolic health across the life course. Her current research examines how race-related stressors (i.e., racism, discrimination,… View Article
Jose McBride
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:02 pm
FOCUS Jose’s societal vision encompasses a culture with reduced sexual harm for all individuals, and he is particularly interested in understanding the intricate dynamics associated with sexual assault in disenfranchised communities. The detrimental consequences of sexual assault cannot be overemphasized, and ethnic and racial disparities continue to persist. Jose’s research aims to significantly impact policy… View Article

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