Jane Lee’s program of research focuses on reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic minority immigrant populations. She studies the unique role of migration-related processes in shaping health behaviors and identifies novel approaches to reach and engage immigrant groups. Her work explores questions of how, and why, migration-related processes affect communities unequally and is attentive to the interplay of multilevel factors that influence access to health services within and across diverse societies. Her recent work as a KL2 Scholar at the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) involved developing and piloting a peer-based HIV prevention intervention for Latinx immigrant sexual minority men. The nexus of Lee’s research and teaching is an emphasis on community engagement and empowerment. Through community-based and participatory approaches, her work acknowledges communities’ strengths and expertise and is grounded in their priorities.
Prior to joining the faculty at the UW School of Social work, Lee was a research scientist at the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. She received her PhD in 2017 from New York University Silver School of Social Work and earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 2011.