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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
Natalia Coriano-Díaz
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:58 pm
FOCUS Natalia is interested in conducting research focused on Latina women’s reproductive and sexual health, and how these are influenced by current health policies. Presently, she studies how state policies affect severe maternal morbidity and mortality, which historically have disproportionately impacted women of color. She is also interested in exploring how human services can be… View Article
Natasha M. Lee-Johnson
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:03 pm
FOCUS Little is known about Black women with intellectual disabilities and their experiences with sexual and reproductive healthcare. However, it is now understood that Black women experience increased uterine fibroids, maternal mortality, and disparities in accessing healthcare services (e.g., early prenatal care, fertility treatment). In addition, women with intellectual disabilities are at increased risk for… View Article
Lastascia Coleman
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:43 pm
FOCUS Lastascia’s research interests include investigating the intersection of Medicaid policy and maternal racial and geographic health disparities. She will approach research with a Reproductive Justice framework. Her research will be aimed at addressing structural and systemic barriers that are detrimental to meaningful change within health systems, healthcare organizations, governments, regulatory entities, and payers. She… View Article
Danae Ross
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:22 pm
FOCUS Bringing an interdisciplinary lens to the study of Black maternal/parental health, Danae’s work centers the physical and mental health of Black mothers and their infants in sexual and reproductive justice discourses. She investigates how anti-Black culture–particularly related to Black sexuality and parenthood–influences Black maternal/parental-infant lived experiences as well as health outcomes, standard medical recommendations,… View Article
TyKera Marrow
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:07 pm
FOCUS The general mistrust and anticipation of stigmatization that Black Americans feel in general, concerning the medical context and larger American systems, can have a significant negative impact on the utilization of health care services. TyKera is dedicated to engaging in research promoting health equity to increase physical and mental health outcomes for Black Americans,… View Article
Sofia “Sofi” Cárdenas
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:03 pm
FOCUS In her research, Sofi uses interdisciplinary methodologies to assess the intersection of biological and social processes impacting parent caregiving behaviors. Sofi’s research follows two lines of inquiry. In one line of inquiry, she uses neuroimaging and hormonal assays to clarify neurocognitive and endocrine processes supporting caregiving, with a focus on fatherhood. In Sofi’s second… View Article
Mahader Tamene
Posted On November 29, 2020 1:56 pm
FOCUS Mahader is dedicated to advancing health and justice in underserved and historically marginalized communities globally. Her research focuses on mental health disparities, particularly community-based interventions that address the structural forces driving these disparities. Utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods in epidemiology, Mahader investigates how structural determinants, including racism, poverty, housing, community violence, migration, and… View Article
Jordyn Gunville, MPH
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:07 pm
FOCUSAs part of the program, Jordyn’s goal is to reduce infant mortality among American Indian infants through research examining prenatal and postnatal care interventions. As a part of this work, she also seeks to end the bifurcation presented regarding maternal and infant health, recognizing that these reinforce each other. One of the issues with examining… View Article
Jessica L. Levasseur
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:02 pm
FOCUSJessica believes that all people have the right to a home and work environment safe from endocrine disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been associated with a multitude of health outcomes, from asthma to infertility to some cancers. These chemicals are notoriously difficult to study and regulate because they are now found everywhere, such as… View Article

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