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Hoisum Lynn Nguyen
Posted On August 19, 2022 8:02 pm
FOCUS How do we define trauma now, and is the current definition sufficient in encompassing the mental, physical, and generational health of racial/ethnic and marginalized communities? Inspired by the stories of immigrants and civil rights and LGBTQ movements in the United States, Hoisum focuses on the epidemiology of trauma as it relates to firearms violence,… View Article
Monica Ramsy
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:42 pm
FOCUS The U.S. carceral system devastates the health and well-being of our most vulnerable communities, disproportionately placing them on a tortuous path toward premature death. Restorative justice, which addresses harm and conflict through community dialogue and other nonpunitive, care-based means, offers a promising alternative to the U.S. carceral system. Monica’s research seeks to examine—and, ultimately,… View Article
Maurryce Starks
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:18 pm
FOCUS How does our brain and physiological activity change as a consequence of social stress? What tools can be utilized during or after negative social interactions to improve mental and physical health outcomes? Using neuroimaging techniques, Maurryce studies how complex social interactions (e.g., vicarious racism) affect our neural activity and cognitive functioning. He also seeks… View Article
Tania Nasrollahi
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:14 pm
FOCUS Tania’s research focuses on sexual and mental health, as well as the disproportionate impacts of stigma on marginalized people. She is interested in understanding how individuals’ engagement with their social networks impacts their healthcare usage. Through studying healthcare-related disclosure patterns, she hopes we can learn from informal networks to improve and shift our approach… View Article
Latesha K. Harris
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:07 pm
FOCUS Latesha’s mission is to advance the scientific understanding of cardiometabolic health disparities and improve cardiometabolic health outcomes among black women. Her emerging program of research explores the intersection of structural racism, psychosocial stress, and racial/ethnic inequities in women’s cardiometabolic health across the life course. Her current research examines how race-related stressors (i.e., racism, discrimination,… View Article
Seth Allard
Posted On August 15, 2022 6:53 pm
FOCUS Seth’s research interests center on military and veteran suicide and Native American youth suicide. Seth pursues collaborative and qualitative research on the experiences of vulnerable and marginalized communities experiencing chronic health disparity. His research approach is heavily informed by community-based participatory research, creative ethnographic writing, autoethnography, medical anthropology, interdisciplinarity (specifically the intersection of social… View Article
Sarah Peralta
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:06 pm
FOCUS Sarah’s research interests are on issues related to grief and bereavement in the United States juvenile and criminal justice system. She has a specific interest in the numerous ways that grief expressions in marginalized communities can become pathologized/penalized. Her goals are to address the need for gender responsive, trauma-informed services through collaborative research that… View Article
Pyar Seth
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:04 pm
FOCUS Pyar studies Black sociopolitical life and death and how medical language, strategies, and technologies reenact and adhere race to bodies. Through an examination of institutional intervention and state violence, he also focuses on understanding the nature of stress and well-being in Black communities through capturing geographies of affect, bio-sensing, and psychophysiological response to racial… View Article
Mao S. Lee
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:46 pm
FOCUS English learner (EL) students are often viewed as having a learning disability. Equating multilingualism with cognitive impairment costs EL students opportunities to advance academically as they are excluded from rigorous, college prep classes. Hence, their future is determined by their curriculum. Additionally, EL students who are refugee adolescents come from unique backgrounds, and both… View Article
Adrian Luis Manriquez
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:15 pm
FOCUS Adrian is committed to ending intergenerational family violence in order to promote health equity in Latino communities. Currently, Latino families suffer from disproportionate rates of domestic violence. Adrian’s research focuses on Latino fathers enrolled in batterer intervention programs to extend the impact of such programs to the larger family system. Overall, his research seeks… View Article

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