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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
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
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
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
Sarah El-Azab
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:05 pm
FOCUS Sarah’s goal is to ensure that the data used to inform and develop health policy represents the lived experiences of impacted communities. Specifically, she studies data quality in electronic health records (EHRs), which are frequently used as observational data sets in clinical and public health research. EHR data, which encodes clinical workflows and institutional… 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
Rumana S. Rabbani
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:46 pm
FOCUS Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline workers with lived experience of their communities, yet historically have been a marginalized workforce. Rumana’s preliminary research shows institutional racism and power is a root cause for barriers of integration and licensure, and inequities such as funding, and notably a lack of power, voice, and agency. Her research… View Article
Madison McCall
Posted On November 29, 2020 1:54 pm
FOCUSMadison’s research interests center around the development, dissemination, and evaluation of digital tools that advance mental health care delivery for underserved children and their families. As a doctoral student, Madison plans to translate her research into design and implementation strategies that improve the effectiveness, sustainability, and scalability of technology-enhanced treatments. MORE ABOUT MADISONMadison is well… 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
Elliot Marrow
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:07 pm
FOCUSElliot’s research interests lie at the intersection of LGBT health and psychology, with a particular focus on the health of trans and gender diverse (TGD) individuals. His research seeks to involve TGD and other marginalized individuals in the research process, working from community need to find accountable solutions. He is particularly interested in the role… View Article

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