Community and Health Services
Minor consent for biomedical trials
My work is community-engaged, and developed in partnership with minoritized communities. I work with physicians, ethicists, and psychologists to address the ethical and logistical obstacles to engaging underrepresented groups in clinical research. My portfolio includes $2.5 million in funding from the NIH Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. I was recently named co-investigator on an NIH-funded RADxUP project which uses community-based social network methods to encourage COVID-19 testing among justice system involved adults and youth of color. In addition to maintaining an active program of research, I teach applied ethics for health care to undergraduate nursing students, and co-chair the ATN bioethics committee. My work has been cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department of State. I have consulted on the ethical engagement of marginalized populations in clinical trials and sexual health interventions for the U.S Agency for International Development and the World Health Organization. I was recently appointed to a new ad hoc committee for addressing the underrepresentation of women and minorities in clinical research, spearheaded by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.