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Khadijah Ameen
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:41 pm
FOCUS Khadijah’s doctoral research is on place-based, community-led interventions to address Black health inequities in the United States. As a Black woman raised in Virginia and Georgia, Khadijah is particularly interested in the impact of racism and intersecting forms of oppression on Black health in the American South. Due to centuries of structural violence in… View Article
Keiwana Glover
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:40 pm
FOCUS Starting her doctoral program during a pandemic was challenging, but surprisingly not the most difficult experience of Keiwana’s first year. After starting her research rotation in a lab that focuses on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, she started to suffer from “auto-immune flare-ups” herself. Several misdiagnoses later, Keiwana was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, an… View Article
Erika Mey
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:36 pm
FOCUS Given that Erika understands the importance of serving socially-marginalized communities, she is compelled to utilize research as a vehicle to implement public health solutions. Thus, Erika’s research interests include exploring chronic disease-related relationships between various mental and physical health conditions within the Asian American community and among the Khmer population. She will examine health… View Article
Ashley J. Cooper
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:22 pm
FOCUS Ashley’s mission is to improve health outcomes for Black women in the United States. She believes that successful healthcare research requires diverse perspectives and a shift toward the intersectional scholarship model to develop population-specific interventions. Her current research examines the prevalence of obesity and cardiometabolic disorders in Black US women, and how individual and… View Article
Ariana Mora
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:22 pm
FOCUS Ariana is interested in the impact of healthcare deprivation on historically and newly disadvantaged groups. She aims to promote access to quality healthcare by designing evidence-based interventions that integrate affected groups’ perspectives and experiences in order to address existing limitations within social and healthcare systems. Through her personal experiences and clinical exposure, particular issues… View Article
Adrian C. Williams
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:16 pm
FOCUS Adrian’s research interest focuses on the psychobiological mechanisms linking social influences on health outcomes. He is particularly interested in elucidating how social factors (e.g., socioeconomic position, interpersonal relationships, stigma, discrimination) result in differences in everyday social interactions and experiences translating into biological changes that impact mental and physical health. MORE ABOUT ADRIAN Adrian believes… View Article
Gabriel A. Benavidez
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:12 pm
FOCUSUsing various epidemiological methods, Gabriel studies a wide range of disparities along the cancer continuum (i.e., detection, treatment, survival, quality, and access to care). His primary goal is to identify and quantify disparities that can be addressed by the implementation and/or expansion of equitable policy initiatives. Currently, Gabriel examines how to increase cancer screenings and… View Article
David Mai
Posted On November 25, 2020 7:57 pm
FOCUSLiving immunotherapies in the form of synthetically modified immune cells have demonstrated remarkable success against various late-stage and chemotherapy-resistant cancers. However, they are less effective in solid tumors, feasible in only a subset of patients, and expensive. David’s research seeks to improve the safety, function, and manufacturing of these therapies by investigating scalable methods to… View Article
Alberto Cifuentes, Jr.
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS Urban sex workers, regardless of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, experience high levels of prejudice and discrimination that negatively impact their health outcomes. Moreover, these individuals often lack access to health care, employment, housing, and educational opportunities because of their culturally stigmatized status in society. Alberto’s research seeks to not only reduce prejudicial views of… View Article
Andrew S. Arriaga
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS Andrew’s research is motivated by a desire to see equitable health and wellness services integrated more prominently in marginalized communities. His work seeks to particularly explore cultural factors related to help-seeking behaviors and health disparities among sexual and gender minority individuals of color—a population that has long faced adverse health outcomes and significant health… View Article

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