Loretta Hsueh

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2011 B.A. Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

2015 M.A. Psychology, San Diego State University

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I am a second-year graduate student working in the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Laboratory. Broadly, my work examines racial/ethnic minority and immigrant disparities in medical care. As primary care is usually the first point of access to healthcare, I am particularly interested in how members of these communities experience care at this level. I am committed to understanding how variables at the patient, provider, and healthcare system levels interactively determine these disparities. The ultimate goal of my research is to inform public health policies that intervene on, and eliminate, the mechanisms maintaining the inequities leading to disparities in health.

Other research interests include psychometrics and test development, including the validation for use in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. To further develop my interest in psychometrics and diverse populations, my master’s thesis focused on testing the invariance of survey-based alcohol-related behavior questions across race/ethnicity and gender in an adolescent population.

In addition to my research goals, I am committed to increasing the representation of minorities in science research. I currently collaborate with the coordinators of the Diversifying Clinical Psychology conference, sponsored by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP), to collect data for the program’s evaluation. This evaluation will examine the program’s effectiveness in preparing underrepresented students for a doctoral education.  My role also includes managing social media for the conference. I am interested in pursuing similar lines of service that increase diversity in the sciences.

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