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Jennifer Alexander, MA Geography Department

Masters in Geography Ms. Alexander is involved in research on demographic changes in the African American population in Texas and projects that explore wage and income policies. She has had primary responsibility for the design of survey instruments, data analysis, and report writing on birth outcomes in a low-income population in Austin.


Adia A. Brooks, BA African & African Diaspora Studies Department

Masters in African Studies Ms. Brooks is participating in research that focuses on African American mental health. She is also involved in research on institutionalization in prisons, mental hospitals, and juvenile facilities by race.


Kristy Gillispie, MSW School of Social Work

Doctoral Program Ms. Gillespie’s research focuses on the effects of parental absence on educational readiness and mental health of children.


Hyejin (Jina) Jung, MSW School of Social Work

Doctoral Program Ms. Jung’s research focuses on mental health literacy. She is also involved in qualitative research projects that explore the impact of an annual conference on mental health service utilization in African American populations.


Seth Kessler, MPA Department of Kinesiology and Health

Doctoral Program Mr. Kessler’s research has included studies of policies that require drug testing of welfare recipients and efforts to promote Medicaid Expansion. He is also actively involved in research on minimum wage of low income women in Texas. Seth is a primary editor and reviewer of several IUPRA publications.

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