CHSS Connection: Publications

Monday, May 17, 2021

May/June 2021 issue

CHSS co-authors publish article on social justice pedagogy intervention

college teaching journal coverAssociate Professor of Kinesiology Nicole Bolter, Assistant Professor of Family & Consumer Sciences Sherria Taylor, Dulce Gomez (M.S., Kinesiology, ’17), Professor of Public Health Mickey Eliason, Associate Professor of Public Health Juliana van Olphen and Professor of Kinesiology Maria Veri published an article, “Transforming Undergraduate Research Methods Courses Using Social Justice Pedagogy: A Pre-Post Analysis” in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. They write, “Undergraduate research methods courses help shape students’ perceptions about research. Given the lack of diverse researchers in STEM fields, these perceptions are particularly important for underrepresented minorities. This study tested a social justice pedagogy intervention to determine the effects on various psychosocial constructs. Three differences emerged: Students in intervention classrooms (n = 81) had a stronger desire to give back to their community and greater intentions to become involved in research as an undergraduate, while students in comparison classes (n = 54) had greater increases in researcher self-efficacy.”

Francisco-Menchavez examines Filipino caregivers’ vulnerability to exploitation during pandemic

Associate Professor of Sociology Valerie Francisco-Menchavez conducted research on Filipino caregivers for the elderly and their challenges, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis. She and research collaborator Katherine Nasol, a student UC Davis, interviewed and surveyed Filipino caregivers in the U.S. to get a deeper view of their experiences before and during the pandemic. The collaborators published their findings in the journal American Behavioral Scientist in an article titled “Filipino Home Care Workers: Invisible Frontline Workers in the COVID-19 Crisis in the United States.”

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Metro College Success Program authors evaluate program’s success

Assistant Professor Sherria Taylor, Professor Mary Beth Love and others in the Metro College Success Program were recently published in the Journal of Educational Research and Practice. The article, “Achieving Equity: An Evaluation of a Multi-Component, Lower Division Student Success Program,” focuses on the evaluation of the Metro College Success Program, which aims to improve persistence and graduation for lower-division students who are low income, first generation and/or underrepresented. Results from the study revealed that Metro students significantly outperformed the comparison group on every outcome measure: GPA, completion of developmental coursework, persistence toward graduation and graduation rates.

Misra publishes research on stigma and mental illness among U.S. racial and ethnic minority groups

Assistant Professor of Public Health Supriya Misra published an article titled “Systematic Review of Cultural Aspects of Stigma and Mental Illness among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United States: Implications for Interventions” in the American Journal of Community Psychology in April. Misra and co-authors write, “We conducted a systematic review to identify empirical studies on cultural aspects of mental illness stigma (public, structural, affiliative, self) among three racial and ethnic minority groups (Asian Americans, Black Americans, Latinx Americans) from 1990 to 2019, yielding 97 articles. Stigma tended to be higher among the racial and ethnic minority groups than White comparison groups. Stigma has similar and unique cultural aspects across the three racial and ethnic minority groups. Four major cultural themes emerged: 1) service barriers including access and quality, 2) family experiences including concealment for family's sake, fear of being a burden, and stigma extending to family, 3) lack of knowledge about mental illness and specific cultural beliefs, and 4) negative emotional responses and coping. We conclude that these cultural insights can inform contextual change at the health systems and community levels to reduce stigma, and empowerment at the interpersonal and individual levels to resist stigma.”

Nesbit publishes research on professionalism among physical therapy students

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Casey Nesbit and UCSF colleague Amber Fitzsimmons published “Grappling with professionalism: a contextual approach to a shifting concept” in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education in June. The purpose of the study was to examine the data gathered from professionalism rubrics from one cohort of students over three years and to identify the implications of these findings for the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy.

Peper, Yang publish publish article on Zoom fatigue

Erik Peper, professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, and former student Amber Yang published an article titled “Beyond Zoom Fatigue: Re-energize Yourself and Improve Learning” in Academia Letters. The authors write, “To increase students’ subjective energy, attention, and involvement and enhance learning in front of screens, we observed that when students were instructed to intentionally provide facial and body responses while attending Zoom classes, they report a significant increase in energy level, attention and involvement (p<0.002) as compared just sitting normally in class. By shifting from passively watching to actively participating, they reported that their learning was enhanced.”

Rebanal, Sanchez-Vaznaugh examine state and federal nutrition policies and obesity among Pacific Islander, American Indian and Filipino children

Assistant Professor of Public Health David Rebanal and Professor of Public Health Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh (both affliated with Health Equity Institute), along with colleagues from J. Hopkins and Drexel Universities, published a paper in the May 24 issue of PLOS Medicine. The paper, titled “California and federal school nutrition policies and obesity among children of Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Filipino origins: Interrupted time series analysis,” is the first study to examine associations of the state and federal school nutrition policies with overweight/obesity specifically focusing on Pacific Islander, American Indian and Filipino children in the U.S. and the policy associations with racial/ethnic obesity disparities. The study provides evidence to support favorable associations of the school nutrition policies with overweight/obesity prevalence trends among these subgroups and their white peers; however large disparities in obesity remain.