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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
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
Déja Imani Fitzgerald
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:54 pm
FOCUS Déja’s research interests are centered on exploring social and psychosocial determinants of health for communities with multiple minoritized identities, emphasizing those at the intersection of racial, gendered, and sexual minority identities. Déja’s interests also include how intimate relationships may serve as protector factors for queer people of color (QPOC) and LGBTQ communities. Merging these… View Article
Abigail Underwood
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:45 pm
FOCUS Abigail’s research is centered on the reproductive justice framework that states all people should be able to choose to have children, or not, and raise them in a healthy and safe environment. To achieve this goal, she believes we must work with communities to understand systems and identify policy levers to promote tangible, lasting… 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
Ian Moura
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:09 pm
FOCUS All too often, disability is seen by policymakers and providers as incompatible with good health. The omission of disabled people from the collective understanding of what it means to be healthy is compounded by the continued lack of high-quality data regarding disability. As algorithmic decision-making tools become more widespread, they risk encoding and amplifying… View Article
Samyu Comandur
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:54 pm
FOCUS How do reproductive healthcare clinics respond to anti-abortion protests? How do anti-abortion protests and counter-organizing strategies affect the quality of patient experiences? Samyu aims to use a variety of methods and data sources in her work to document the efficacy of the strategies employed by clinic escort program organizers. She hopes to focus on… 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
Samuel Liburd Jr.
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:44 pm
FOCUS Transplant is a new medical discipline, but has seen transformative success in its ability to save lives. Access to this incredible gift is limited, not only by the number of donors available but also through the discarding of donated organs due to poorly understood donor and clinical criteria. Within minority communities, this travesty is… View Article

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