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Mi’Chael N. Wright
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:09 pm
FOCUS In recent years, there have been studies that have shown that social media is heavily associated with mental health, however, under certain circumstances and for certain groups. Black and Latina girls use social media to develop their sense of self, yet these very platforms force them to redevelop and question their existence. Mi’Chael’s research… View Article
Laurin Bixby
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:29 pm
FOCUSLaurin aims to inform policy and prevention efforts that alleviate inequitable access to resources in the social, service, and built environments. Her research centers on how differences in sociopolitical climates affect the health and well-being of children and their families. She asks questions relating to how differential exposures to disadvantage during early childhood and adolescence… View Article
Jessica C. Boyle
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:59 pm
FOCUSJessica is interested in changing the opportunity structure surrounding children living in poverty in service of equalizing those opportunities and eliminating the correlation between socioeconomic status and life outcomes. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the intertwining influences of child health and academic achievement in the life course. Ultimately, Jessica hopes… View Article
Jenna Sung
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:57 pm
FOCUSIn the United States, up to 80 percent of youth in need of psychological services never receive them despite the significant advancements in psychological intervention research. Treatment access disparities are largest among Asian American youth, especially immigrants, reporting the lowest service utilization rates than any other ethnic minority groups. As a clinical scientist, Jenna aspires… View Article
Grace Ibitamuno
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:20 pm
FOCUSHow do population-based screening interventions impact the diagnostic pathway for families of traditionally underserved populations? Are there opportunities to increase retention and engagement in screening programs toward the promotion of health equity and reduction of health disparities in these populations? Grace’s research aims to address these questions by using qualitative and quantitative methods to examine… View Article
Max Aung
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:56 pm
FOCUS Max Aung’s research focuses on characterizing the underlying mechanisms that link environmental exposures to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes. Humans are exposed to dozens of environmental contaminants everyday, and pregnant women and developing fetuses are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of these exposures. Max investigates the potential effects that prenatal exposures to mixtures… View Article
Destiny M. B. Printz Pereira
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:42 pm
FOCUS Destiny’s research aims to address mental and physical health disparities in marginalized populations. She is primarily interested in building coping and resilience in people of color, and low-income individuals and families, to reduce the impact of trauma and chronic stress. Her current research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of trauma, perceived discrimination, symptoms of… View Article
Tiana Moore
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:32 pm
FOCUS Housing is one of the most important social determinants of health. Dimensions of housing, including stability, quality, and conditions of the surrounding neighborhood can pose differential risks for families according to socioeconomic status. Tiana’s current research investigates these dimensions’ association with developmental outcomes in the contexts of city-level and federal housing interventions. She hopes… 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

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