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Hoisum Lynn Nguyen
Posted On August 19, 2022 8:02 pm
FOCUS How do we define trauma now, and is the current definition sufficient in encompassing the mental, physical, and generational health of racial/ethnic and marginalized communities? Inspired by the stories of immigrants and civil rights and LGBTQ movements in the United States, Hoisum focuses on the epidemiology of trauma as it relates to firearms violence,… View Article
Déja Imani Fitzgerald
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:54 pm
FOCUS Déja’s research interests are centered on exploring social and psychosocial determinants of health for communities with multiple minoritized identities, emphasizing those at the intersection of racial, gendered, and sexual minority identities. Déja’s interests also include how intimate relationships may serve as protector factors for queer people of color (QPOC) and LGBTQ communities. Merging these… View Article
Tania Nasrollahi
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:14 pm
FOCUS Tania’s research focuses on sexual and mental health, as well as the disproportionate impacts of stigma on marginalized people. She is interested in understanding how individuals’ engagement with their social networks impacts their healthcare usage. Through studying healthcare-related disclosure patterns, she hopes we can learn from informal networks to improve and shift our approach… 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
Andrew Joaquin Bolibol
Posted On August 15, 2022 6:44 pm
FOCUS Andrew’s research focuses on the barriers to healthcare access and utilization of healthcare services, particularly for LGBTQ and racial/ethnic minorities. Understanding how policy can shape the healthcare delivery system is a crucial component in erasing the gap in healthcare coverage and utilization between LGBTQ individuals and their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts. He is particularly interested… View Article
Wes Wislar
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:07 pm
FOCUS Wes’ research focuses on mental health disparities of gender-expansive people (transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, two-spirit, intersex, etc.). Specifically, he explores how transgender people experience substance use and access/maintain recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Wes uses qualitative, community-informed methodology to better understand substance use in the trans and gender-expansive community; and with this research hopes… View Article
Santino Giovanni Camacho
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:05 pm
FOCUS Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders (QTPI) have historically been in the margins of Pacific Islander communities and have endured the erasure of their identities and experiences. Systemic racism, settler colonialism, heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia have been institutionalized into health systems, which are intended to promote well-being, but are often culturally mismatched, which widens health… View Article
Alexis Rowland
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:20 pm
FOCUS In the pursuit of abolishing prisons, Alexis studies prisons, penal policy, and punishment, especially those issues which affect gender and sexual minority (GSM) populations. Her work explores the ways in which penal institutions influence hegemonic perceptions of minority groups, and in turn, how they contribute to social and material inequality. The goal of her… View Article
Natasha D. Williams
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:08 pm
FOCUS Broadly, Natasha’s research works to expose and address mental health inequities experienced by marginalized populations. More specifically, her work centers the mental health experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ people of color. She takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from population health science, family science, social policy, health services research, sociology, and… View Article

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