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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
Nayla Bezares
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:03 pm
FOCUS Food systems affect multiple elements of society, influencing well-being from health, economic and environmental perspectives. In Puerto Rico, recent natural disasters have demonstrated the need for cohesive food systems planning. Nayla studies the sustainability of food resilience strategies in Puerto Rico, such as increasing local food production and expanding highly diverse agricultural systems. The… View Article
Motunrayo Tosin-Oni
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:02 pm
FOCUS Motunrayo’s research interests lie at the intersection of health equity and community-driven policies. In her work, she explores the ways legislative and institutional policies intentionally or inadvertently create barriers to care for vulnerable populations, and the ways these barriers subsequently exacerbate health disparities. Her policy evaluation focus aims to highlight policies and practices that… View Article
Lauren Prox
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:44 pm
FOCUS Do we have a say when it comes to the air we breathe? Well, that depends on who you ask. Where we live, work, and play can have a large impact on the level of air pollution in our air. Lauren intends to study air quality and the health impacts associated with inhaling harmful… View Article
Kobie X. Price
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:42 pm
FOCUS Kobie’s current research interests involve the study of historic and contemporary processes of urban change. His work seeks to understand how the processes of gentrification affect the implementation of mixed-income and affordable housing in these changing neighborhoods, along with the steps taken by developers to ensure that vulnerable residents are able to persist within… 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
Sofia “Sofi” Cárdenas
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:03 pm
FOCUS In her research, Sofi uses interdisciplinary methodologies to assess the intersection of biological and social processes impacting parent caregiving behaviors. Sofi’s research follows two lines of inquiry. In one line of inquiry, she uses neuroimaging and hormonal assays to clarify neurocognitive and endocrine processes supporting caregiving, with a focus on fatherhood. In Sofi’s second… View Article
Shannon Whittaker
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:55 pm
FOCUS Current research perpetuates a narrow understanding of built and social environments as static hubs where “bad health” only occurs in “bad neighborhoods,” drawing attention away from external forces that shape neighborhood conditions and the well-being of residents. By examining place, race, and health through a historical lens, Shannon hopes to evaluate how structural forms… View Article

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