Maria De Jesus
School of International Service
Additional Positions at AUAffiliate Faculty Member, Center on Health, Risk, and Society
- Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health communication and promotion, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research examines the role of cross-cultural health communication as a mechanism to eliminate global and domestic health disparities. As globalization and migration have created a demographic imperative for the development of effective health communication strategies and technologies, her scholarship responds to the world-wide interest in the health of members of immigrant, refugee, and diaspora communities and pointedly connects health to the key dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, class, culture, religion, immigration, migration, communication, and inequalities. Her overarching goal is to generate knowledge particularly on underrepresented populations that can then inform health practice and policy. Prior to her appointment at AU, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Center for Community-based Research, where she served as co-investigator on several NIH-funded health disparities research studies. She also taught at Boston University and Boston College. She was recently awarded a grant by the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research to conduct a community-based study that examines and compares the culture-specific HIV and HIV testing perceptions and communication norms of East African-born and African American women in Washington, DC, who are disproportionately affected by HIV. She currently teaches courses on health communication across borders, global health, and cross-cultural communication.
DegreesPhD, Boston College, MA, Boston College, BA, McGill University.
Languages Spoken:English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
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Area of Expertise: Health inequalities, particularly cross-cultural communication and health promotion; how ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and migration status interact to affect health outcomes; the importance of cross-cultural communication and relationship building in the work of community health workers
Additional Information: Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health inequalities, with a particular focus on cross-cultural communication and health promotion. While serving as a Yerby post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Center for Community-based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, she served as coinvestigator on several NIH-funded cancer disparities research studies examining how ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and migration status interact to affect health outcomes. Among other recent awards and honors, De Jesus received the Davis Putter Grant in 2008 for activist scholarship that contributes to the elimination of social and health disparities. Her dissertation, "Ethnic Community Health Promotion and Well-being: Relational and Cultural Praxis of Cape Verdean Women Health Advocates," resulted from her research on developing a health promotion model in which community health workers recognized and acted on the importance of cross-cultural communication and relationship building in their work. Prior to joining AU, De Jesus taught at Boston University and Boston College, where she received her PhD in applied developmental psychology and an MA in counseling psychology.
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