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Monica De La Cruz
Posted On November 30, 2020 6:07 pm
FOCUS Monica’s research interest focuses on ways to ameliorate family poverty as a means to positively impact children’s health, specifically for communities of color. Children living in poverty are at risk for a multitude of negative outcomes in health and safety, school success and educational attainment, and adult earning potential and productivity. Disproportionate poverty in… View Article
Lupita Quintana
Posted On November 30, 2020 6:06 pm
FOCUS Pesticides have been influential drivers of modern society and food production, yet their toxicity to humans and the environment are widespread and significant. Pesticide applicators, co-workers, bystanders, and children are exposed through various routes, resulting in acute and chronic illness, even death. Monitoring pesticide usage and poisoning cases is critical to understand the circumstances… 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
Natasha D. Williams
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:08 pm
FOCUS Broadly, Natasha’s research works to expose and address mental health inequities experienced by marginalized populations. More specifically, her work centers the mental health experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ people of color. She takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from population health science, family science, social policy, health services research, sociology, and… 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
T’Shana McClain
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:05 pm
FOCUS Shana’s research explores alternative justice approaches for survivors of intimate and interpersonal violence and, more specifically, how those approaches mitigate racial/ethnic health disparities for survivors, offenders, and their communities. She is passionate about the potential life-changing prospects of both genuine validation and giving voice to survivors around what justice means to them. Shana is… 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
Sione Lynn Pili Lister
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:00 pm
FOCUS Sione (she-oh-nay) is passionate about centering the lived experiences of people of color in examining how the law is wielded as a tool of white supremacy and settler colonialism. She is currently interested in how legal language in residential lease contracts is connected to residential segregation and eviction. Segregation remains high today, and is… View Article
Shlon A. Smith
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:58 pm
FOCUS Shlon’s research interests center around addressing the academic and mental health needs of students in low-income and urban communities. Her research focuses on effective and comprehensive policy development and implementation that specifically addresses the health and wellness needs of vulnerable populations who may experience food insecurity, lack of access to health care, and other… View Article
Shannon Whittaker
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:55 pm
FOCUS Current research perpetuates a narrow understanding of built and social environments as static hubs where “bad health” only occurs in “bad neighborhoods,” drawing attention away from external forces that shape neighborhood conditions and the well-being of residents. By examining place, race, and health through a historical lens, Shannon hopes to evaluate how structural forms… View Article

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