Community Health and Justice Lab




Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ezer Kang 

…to create, implement, and disseminate behavioral research that broadens our understanding of illness and well-being in unjustly served communities. 

Lab Members: Angela Banks, Nancy Nealious, Isaac Weaver, Paul Moore, Rachel Tillman, Chandler Hutton-Lau, Stacy Gerberich, & Hazel Rosete 

In 2013-14, we will partner with several community-based organizations to develop, support, and evaluate pilot interventions.  

Sustained influences of the 1994 genocide on inter-ethnic attitudes and generational transmission of ethnic division in Rwanda

Christian Action for Reconciliation and Social Action (CARSA)

Project Team: MBONYINGABO Christophe, NGENDAHAYO Sylvestre, Darcie Delzell, Chandler Hutton-Lau

This 1-year pilot collaborative study with CARSA examines how surviving the 1994 genocide in Rwanda potentially fosters negative and discriminatory attitudes towards perpetrators of the genocide, and to what extent these perceptions among survivors may be inadvertently transmitted from a parent to child living in the Southern and Eastern provinces of Rwanda.


Neuropsychological functioning and quality of life outcomes in older children with perinatally acquired HIV in Thailand

Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Medicine

Project Team: Peninnah Oberdorfer, Orawan Louthrenoo, Darcie Delzell

The prevalence of neurocognitive deficits remains steadily high among an aging cohort of children living with perinatal HIV (CLWPH) who are transitioning into adolescence. Based on a convenient sample of children (6 to 18 years old) living with perinatal HIV this study examines the relationship between specific domains of neurocognitive functioning (i.e., motor functioning, executive skills, verbal/ visual memory, expressive/ receptive language, information processing speed) and health-related quality of life (i.e., general health, physical functioning, psychological well being, symptoms, social/ role functioning).


Normative data on a pediatric neuropsychological screening assessment: A comparative study between school aged children living with and without perinatal HIV in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Medicine

Project Team: Peninnah Oberdorfer, Orawan Louthrenoo, Ben Pyykkonen

The purpose of this study is to provide initial normative data to assist clinicians and researchers interpret standard assessments for information processing speed, executive functioning, memory, attention, concentration, and motor skills. Based on a convenient sample of medically healthy school-aged children (13 to 20 years old) attending NaWamin High School and a group of children receiving outpatient medical care for perinatal HIV at Chiang Mai University, we propose to: (a) provide descriptive psychometric data (mean, standard deviation, range) for participants grouped 13-14yo; 15-16yo; 17-18yo; 19-20yo for normative purposes; (b) examine the relationships between demographic factors (age, gender, and education) and neurocognitive performance independently for both control (students) and HIV groups; (c) and to compare test scores of control and HIV groups to examine the utility of this normative data in distinguishing potential neuropsychological impairment.


Lay-Provider Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Intervention for Adults Living with HIV/AIDS and Major Depression

Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA), Delhi, India

Project Team: Saira Paulose, Savita Duomai, & Ben Pyykkonen

In resource constrained settings where mental health professionals are not readily accessible, there is an emergent need to train lay-providers to deliver brief interventions adapted from evidence-based practices. The process of developing, adapting, implementing, and evaluating this proposed intervention for Major Depression at Shalom AIDS Project in Delhi, will bear valuable lessons for tailoring lay-provider interventions for other communities served by EHA – those who contend with concurrent social, economic, medical, and mental health challenges.


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