Sociology of Health and Medicine , Race and Ethnicity , Global/Transnational Sociology , Mental and Behavioral Health , Community-Based Participatory Research
In alignment with Charlisa’s research interests in social and organizational change aimed at reducing racial and gender inequities, she is currently assisting with the NSF-funded Advance program led by Dr. Julia Fulghum. In addition, the global aspects of mental and behavioral health have naturally appealed to her based on her educational background in psychology and international management. She is currently investigating the implications of western-designed psychological measures commonly used in global health research. This research interest resulted from work with the Refugee Well-Being Project which Dr. Jessica Goodkind designed to reduce mental health disparities among recently arrived refugees by addressing social determinants of health. Charlisa gained insights into the complex operation of an NIMH-funded R01 study through this Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). With longitudinal data from the Refugee Well-being Project, she used hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) to examine the links between psychological distress, environmental mastery, and English language acquisition of refugees for her master’s thesis. In future research, she plans to use mixed methods to delve into questions about the social construction of racial inequality, as well as public policy implications on healthcare for marginalized populations.