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Sarah Gioia
Graduate Student
Adviser: Joshua Rosenberger
Summary Statement

Sarah’s research explores experiences of discrimination in healthcare towards sexual minorities and people of color.

Department
  • Biobehavioral Health Graduate Student
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Education
  • B.A. Penn State University, Psychology
Research Interests

Research Interests: Discrimination in healthcare towards sexual and racial minorities and effects these experiences have on health behaviors.

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Additional Information

Sarah is interested in discrimination in healthcare settings on the basis of race/ethnicity and sexual minority status. She investigates the ways in which perceived discrimination impacts health, both directly and indirectly. For example, discriminatory experiences may directly result in psychosomatic distress, or indirectly, through the adoption of harmful health behaviors as a way to cope with discrimination. She also aims to identify best practices for measuring discrimination by using advanced statistical approaches such as structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling.