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Saira Rabia Afzal
Posted On August 25, 2022 3:38 pm
FOCUS Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–24, with rates increasing exponentially over the past decade, disproportionately among youth of color. Saira’s research interests include developing and implementing youth suicide prevention and intervention initiatives. She aspires to translate her research into equitable programs, systems, and policy-level solutions that facilitate culturally… View Article
Tiffani A. Elliott
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:56 pm
FOCUS Healthcare policies that consider social and structural determinants of mental health and incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are timely and important. The ultimate goal of Tiffani’s research is to improve the way behavioral healthcare systems interact with underserved and historically oppressed communities. Tiffani is interested in rethinking approaches to mental healthcare that better… View Article
Monica Ramsy
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:42 pm
FOCUS The U.S. carceral system devastates the health and well-being of our most vulnerable communities, disproportionately placing them on a tortuous path toward premature death. Restorative justice, which addresses harm and conflict through community dialogue and other nonpunitive, care-based means, offers a promising alternative to the U.S. carceral system. Monica’s research seeks to examine—and, ultimately,… 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
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
Jacqueline Buck
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:04 pm
FOCUS Families and children of incarcerated parents are at heightened risk of health, economic, and social inequities and frequently experience trauma from unexpected and sustained separations. Jacque examines alternatives to incarceration to keep families intact and mitigate harm to those involved in the criminal legal system. Low-income and black and brown individuals have disproportionate criminal… View Article
Toyan Harper
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:39 pm
FOCUS Toyan’s research explores the reentry process; specifically, familial involvement and how formerly incarcerated people access healthcare and engage with health recommendations. He seeks to understand the experiences formerly incarcerated people encounter when they seek treatment in their communities. Toyan’s research particularly focuses on reducing system inefficiencies—between prisons and other institutions such as hospitals—that interrupt… View Article

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