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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
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
Cheryl Aguilar
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:58 pm
FOCUS Cheryl studies the mental health impact of migration; the interplay of policy, politics, and mental health; and other structural complexities bicultural and transnational families face. Her most immediate research interest is to contribute to the study of the traumatic impact of immigration-related family separations and reunifications, particularly focusing on children’s experiences and their parents/caregivers… 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
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
Elena Schiavone
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:49 pm
FOCUS Elena aims to advance mental health equity, particularly by improving access to and cultural responsiveness of clinical services for children and families from marginalized communities. This is essential because mental health needs and disparities have continually increased over several decades. Research indicates that within many communities of color, diagnoses are more persistent and disabling;… View Article
Muna Saleh
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:46 pm
FOCUS Refugees experience more health problems than people in the general U.S. population. Research to date has focused mainly on individual, familial, and cultural factors in accounting for these disparities. Extending this line of research, Muna draws on life course theory to understand how these factors interact with resettlement policies and related structural factors to… View Article

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