Research Interests: Marginalized Youth, Health Inequities, and Service Needs, Access, and Utilization
Award: 2020-2021 Warren G. Magnuson Scholar
Asia’s research focuses on marginalized youth and the inequities they experience. Her current work examines health inequities, including how marginalized identities and environmental and systemic factors inform health decision-making and the type and accessibility of services available to youth. She takes an integrated, intersectional approach to examine health-in-context with the aim of ensuring systems and service approaches are relevant and responsive to youth’s lived experiences. Asia’s research is informed by personal and professional experience, including 10 years working with youth, communities, and systems in programming, practice, and research contexts. Her dissertation is a multi-method study examining variation in sexual, physical, and mental health among gang-involved youth, with a focus on the social identity and ecological factors that shape health behavior. Asia was awarded the Warren G. Magnuson Scholarship for this project given its promising contribution to addressing health disparities. Asia enjoys teaching research methods and mentoring students across levels, where she maintains a focus on critical, intersectional perspectives, participatory approaches, and applied skills for research-to-practice translation. She looks forward to teaching community integrative and policy practice courses as well as substantive courses on human behavior and environment, poverty and inequality, health inequities, youth-serving systems, and social welfare history.