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.
Lorna Hermasura, ME School of Education
Doctoral Program Ms. Hermasura’s research focuses on the impact of school climate on educational achievement. She also provides guidance to IUPRA staff on foundation and governmental research grant opportunities.
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.
Marian Morris, MPH, RN School of Nursing
Doctoral Program Ms. Morris is involved in research on HIV/AIDS and the disproportionate prevalence in populations of color. She participates in a second research project on birth outcomes of low income women, as well as survey analysis, writing, and organizing focus groups.