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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
Cashell D. Lewis
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:41 pm
FOCUSCashell’s research explores the intersection between mental health and criminal justice. His focus on suicidal behavior seeks to center the experiences of criminal justice-involved African Americans. He is interested in the risk and protective factors associated with suicidal behavior among criminal justice-involved African American men and women; specially examining suicidal behavior from the perspective of… 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
Jason Ashe
Posted On August 1, 2019 12:34 pm
FOCUS Studying behavioral medicine and community psychology, Jason’s research interests are interdisciplinary, spanning religious studies, social health psychology, and community health. Jason is interested in exploring the multiple dimensions and behaviors of religious involvement and spirituality among African Americans that influence race-related stressors (discrimination), health outcomes, decision-making, and physician-patient relationships. As part of the program,… View Article

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