We recently published a review article that synthesizes the multi-disciplinary topic of selection in utero. The paper intends to save new scholars in the field precious time (!) by highlighting key, unexplored areas for future research efforts. The article is free (open access).
Our team recently received an NIMH R21 grant to examine African-American / white differences in psychiatric emergencies. Use of psychiatric care in the Emergency Department imposes a large economic cost and does not provide optimal care relative to that provided in the non-urgent setting. Over the last 10 years, Community Health Centers have rapidly expanded in medically underserved communities. These health centers offer low-cost, routine mental health care. We analyze whether rapid expansion of these health centers reduces the need for African American youth in particular to seek psychiatric care in the emergency department. Jangho Yoon (Oregon State), Lonnie Snowden (UC Berkeley), and Bharath Chakravarthy (UCI) have lended their expertise for this collaborative project.
Our team just published a new paper in Epidemiology on the relation between strong selection in utero against males and a lower than expected prevalence of liveborn birth defects. We find that temporal variation in selectivity against frail gestations in California precedes a reduction in observed male birth defects.
See blog post and article link, in International Journal of Epidemiology with Eileen Lee:
I have several research opportunities for strong undergraduate students interested in social epidemiology, health policy, mental health, and maternal and child health. If interested:
- please pick 1-3 articles on my CV that align with your general research interests
- read these articles thoroughly, until you understand the key question, analytic strategy, and conclusions
- contact me via email regarding a 199 opportunity, at least 1 week before the start of the academic quarter.