Ongoing Projects

Amplifying voices that experienced anti-Asian racism during COVID

We collected qualitative and quantitative data from over 200 Asian-identified participants about their experiences of anti-Asian racism during COVID. We are conducting content analyses of participants' written narratives about their observations of racism and the resulting psychological impact. This project was funded by the USF Faculty Development Fund.

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Exploring unfair treatment experienced by Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (BIWOC) during most recent healthcare visits

Co-investigators, Dr. Karie Gaska, Dr. Shelby Scott, and Dr. Yang were one of four nationwide research teams selected as the 2020 Health Equity Research Awardees of the American Association of Medical Colleges' (AAMC's) Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE). This project centers women's experiences using an intersectional feminist approach, to examine questions of healthcare equity and access for BIWOC. 
 

Developing anti-stigma intervention for HIV-affected populations in Myanmar

Together with the lead researcher Dr. Wei-ti Chen at UCLA, as well as Dr. Chengshi Shiu at National Taiwan University, and the Myanmar Positive Group (an NGO providing psychosocial services and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS in Myanmar), we are collaborating on Project BURMESE: Buddhist Understanding and Reduction of Myanmarese Experiences of HIV Stigma and Exclusion. This project is funded by the Fogarty International Center (PI: Chen, WT).

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Examining labor-based grading contracts in psychology classes as anti-bias anti-racist (ABAR) educational assessments

In collaboration with Drs. J. Garrett-Walker, Ben Levy, and Saera Khan at USF, this project aims to assess the implementation of grading contracts (GCs) across a range of psychology classes. We are looking at constructs of acceptability and feasibility, as well as whether GCs are more equitable as assessment tools for first-generation and other underrepresented university students in order to contribute to ABAR efforts in the college classroom.

Experiences of BIPOC gender expansive emerging adults

With lead researcher, Dr. J. Garrett-Walker at the University of Toronto, this study is centers gender expansive emerging adults of color to better understand experiences of intersectionality, mental health, and parental support. We are currently recruiting participants who are emerging adults (18-29 years old), who were assigned female at birth, identify as gender expansive (for example, nonbinary, transgender man, genderfluid, genderqueer, stud, boi, masculine of center), and as a person of color. To participate, click here.

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Selected Completed Projects

Distress reduction intervention for MSM recently diagnosed with HIV

We started with qualitative analysis and input from community advisory board members from Beijing Ditan Hospital to understand the problem from the perspective of stakeholders, the patients, their family members, caregivers, and health care providers. This conceptualization was then integrated with consultation from experts on HIV-related behavioral health and Chinese cultural concepts of psychological counseling, as well as existing literature on distress reduction skills to design a brief intervention for implementation in primary care. Throughout the process, stakeholders were consulted about iterations of the intervention for perceived feasibility and acceptability. We tested the resulting intervention, the Psychology Toolbox, in a pilot Type II Hybrid trial at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center for patient and implementation outcomes. This project was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (PI: Yang, JP).
 

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Symposium on race-based traumatic stress

As a collaboration with Drs. Sierra Carter, Yodit Betru, and Tanisha Thelemaque, we conducted a symposium presenting a model of race-based traumatic stress, psychometric data on its measurement, pilot data of a training program utilizing this framework, and qualitative data on group intervention strategies at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.