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T’Shana McClain
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:05 pm
FOCUS Shana’s research explores alternative justice approaches for survivors of intimate and interpersonal violence and, more specifically, how those approaches mitigate racial/ethnic health disparities for survivors, offenders, and their communities. She is passionate about the potential life-changing prospects of both genuine validation and giving voice to survivors around what justice means to them. Shana is… View Article
Christopher E. Robertson
Posted On November 25, 2020 7:07 pm
FOCUS Christopher’s work is inspired by the vision of a world free of police violence. Using mixed-method approaches, he aims to identify the hidden costs of police violence that are borne by individuals and communities of color. By examining mental health outcomes over the life course, Christopher seeks to understand how personal and vicarious experiences… View Article
Bryant Jackson-Green
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:38 pm
FOCUS Bryant’s research lies at the intersection of criminal justice policy and organizational theory, focusing on how organizations make decisions about and can better allocate resources to address social risk. Using mixed methods, his work highlights the importance of law and organizations in a larger social-ecological context. He plans to collaborate with policymakers and nonprofits… View Article
Brie McLemore
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:30 pm
FOCUS In recent years, there has been an increased dialogue concerning the impact of policing on communities of color. However, the implications of how policing impacts health outcomes has been largely omitted. Brie’s research explores how brutality and harassment at the hands of police can operate as a determinant of health for low-income people of… View Article
Demar F. Lewis IV
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:24 pm
FOCUS Demar aspires to ensure that the U.S. criminal justice system discontinues its practices of mass elimination. Right now, this work is in progress inside and outside of the academy. People living in communities that have historically experienced lynching are more likely to experience incarceration, fatal police-citizen encounters, deportation, and persisting social inequities that lead… View Article
M. Nicole Kunkel
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:22 pm
FOCUS Nicole’s current research involves testing how chemical exposures during pregnancy may change brain and behavior, and how that impacts an individual’s response to subsequent life stress/trauma. She uses a rat model and looks at brain images, circulating hormone levels, and neurotransmitters as indicators of stress or reward. She also uses behavioral tests to look… View Article
Sireen Irsheid
Posted On July 23, 2019 4:52 pm
FOCUS Social structures entrenched in racism and social inequality systematically fail students of color. Sireen is primarily interested in examining how these structural and contextual dynamics impact factors contributing to health and education inequities. She believes it is important to develop a deep understanding of the root causes of inequity and systemic issues in order… View Article
Jessica Cerdeña
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:52 pm
FOCUS Jessica applies a biocultural lens to health disparities, studying the epigenetic underpinnings of intergenerational trauma among Latin American migrants to New Haven, Connecticut. Using ethnographic and epigenetic methods, she attempts to understand the embodiment of migration-related trauma. In her career as a physician-anthropologist, Jessica plans to deploy her research at the intersection of community… View Article

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