Lab Director (Dr. Brian TaeHyuk Keum)

Brian TaeHyuk Keum, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Welfare at Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California Los Angeles. Broadly, His research focuses on reducing health and mental health disparities among marginalized individuals and communities using an intersectional, contemporary, and digitally-relevant lens. Of note, he is committed to investigating discrimination and oppression as social determinants of health disparities for individuals and systemic inequalities. As a social justice-oriented scientist-practitioner, he also draws from his clinical experience to conduct research that improves mental health practice and informs advocacy for diverse communities. He has been providing therapy to a diverse community- and college-based clientele for the past 8 years. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland-College Park and completed his American Psychological Association-Accredited Doctoral Health Service Psychology Internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center. Prior to his doctoral education, he earned his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College and a B.S. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University. If you are interested in connecting or joining the lab, please do not hesitate to contact him at

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Lab Coordinator

Dae-zhané Boland, MPH, BA

Dae-zhané (she/her) is a first year Doctoral Student in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Urban and Community Studies and her master’s degree in Applied Public Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Dae-zhané has worked on health equity report cards for girls and women of color, health equity art contests, and a Black mothers care plan that educates and provides resources for community members in order to improve the health outcomes of Black mothers and their infants. She is also currently on a research team that is conducting a literature review on racial disproportionality in the child welfare system in the United States. Her research interests include maternal and child health disparities, reproductive justice, trauma and mental health disparities. She hopes to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the way trauma, stress, and racism impact the health and health outcomes of Black women and girls. In her free time, Dae-zhané likes to hang out with friends, go out to eat, read, and watch romantic comedies.

The Team

Michele J. Wong, MSPH

Michele J. Wong is a doctoral student in the Department of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She completed a Master of Science in Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA and received her BA in Psychology at Ithaca College.

Broadly, Michele’s research is focused on the conceptualization and assessment of race and gender-based stressors among Asian American women in the U.S., particularly within the workplace.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family in Canada whenever possible, hiking, new food creations (kabocha squash banana bread?), and continuing to explore and get to know different parts of LA.

Emily Waters, MSW, MPH

Emily M. Waters is a second year Doctoral Student in the Department of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and works as a Policy and Research Advisor at the Transgender Law Center.  Emily has extensive experience in conducting community-based research and policy advocacy on issues related to queer and trans rights, with a particular focus on domestic, sexual and hate-based violence. She focuses on developing and advocating for policy solutions that move power and resources into the community and challenge systemic oppression. She holds a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aside from her work, Emily spends the majority of her time attempting to train her very naughty dog, Milou, obsessing over her plants, and planning her next adventure.

Domonique Henderson, BS, MSW

Domonique Henderson (she/her) is a second year Doctoral Student in the Department of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She completed her MSW with a specialty in the mental health of women and girls at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work and earned a BS in psychology from Howard University.  She has worked with youth of color for seven years in community-based/national non-profit organizations. In addition, she has worked in clinical/hospital settings focusing on mental health and wellness for communities of color. She has experience in quantitative research with international populations in Africa, incarcerated women and mental health, associations of pregnancy and substance misuse, along with the mental health of Black women and girls. Her research interests broadly include the mental health of Black women and girls, the overlap between mental health and social contributions, intersectionality contributes to generational trauma related to adolescents, and psychosocial contributors to mental health struggles for people of color. Outside of her professional and academic endeavors, Domonique also enjoys watching romantic comedies and period films, community service, traveling, and eating more than cooking.

Irene Valdovinos, LCSW, MPH 

Irene Valdovinos is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She received her Master of Social Welfare and Master of Public Health from UCLA in 2012. She has experience working in the fields of mental health and substance use treatment as a clinician in integrated care programs. In addition, she has experience managing training and evaluation projects focused on substance use treatment systems of care. Her broad research interests include understanding factors that impact substance use and enhancing early intervention and treatment services for minority youth and young adults impacted by substance use.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, organizing things around her home, and painting. 

Mary Nguyen, BA

Mary is currently attending UCLA for her Masters in Social Welfare and Public Policy. She has been focusing on Asian American/Immigrant communities and their experience with intimate partner violence and stigmas around mental health/mental illness. Activities that she participates in outside of school are photography, traveling, and roller-skating.

India Sanders, AA

India A. Sanders is currently in the process of obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in sociology. She completed her Associate of Arts in Psychology at Los Angeles Harbor College and transferred to Cal State Dominguez hills. Her research focuses on race and or ethnicity, emphasizing African American adolescents or adults and how their experiences in the education system affect how well they perform in school. In addition, she also explores how outside influences such as environmental factors influence the success of low-income minority communities. She is also a part of the McNair Scholars Program and works closely with her mentor in quantitative research, in hope of further developing transformative research. She hopes to get into a Doctoral Program for clinical psychology to become a clinical psychologist focusing on marriage and family therapy.

In her free time outside of school, she loves to read, dance, cook, and watch anime.

Lianne Wong, BA

Lianne Wong is a second year graduate student in the Master of Public Health for Health Professionals program at UCLA. After completing her BA in English Literature at the University of British Columbia, she earned her Certificate in Editing from Simon Fraser University. She currently supports a multi-doctor psychiatric outpatient clinic, conducting patient intakes, coordinating patient care, and ensuring the day-to-day operations of the clinic run smoothly.

In recent years, she has developed a strong interest in improving health literacy and mental health outcomes among disadvantaged groups, particularly for the Asian American community.

In her free time, she enjoys going outside for hikes, attending concerts, and trying out new restaurants in L.A.

Jung Yun Na, BS, MSEd, MDiv, ThM

Jung Yun Na (She/Her/Hers) earned a B.S. in Human Development at Cornell University and M.S.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She also holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Master of Theology in Educational Ministries from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Aside from her current research assistantship at the HIIT Lab, Jung Yun also works as a research intern at the Mustard Seed Generation.

Jung Yun’s research interest lies at the intersection of a sense of purpose, culture, and religiosity and its influence on ethnic identity development, perceived racial microaggressions, resilience, and mental health among Asian and Asian-American youth, adolescents, and emerging adults. The inter- / trans-disciplinary nature of her research builds upon the studies she has undertaken in the field of psychology, human development, theology, and religious education. She has experience in mentoring and teaching low-income ethnic minority children, adolescents, and young adults through community services and ministries since high school. She ultimately desires to develop cultural-specific and psycho-religious prevention and intervention programs for schools and communities to promote the holistic well-being of marginalized populations.

Jung Yun enjoys spending her leisure time reading, playing guitar, and cooking. She also loves to do yoga and Pilates.

Jasmine Yung

Jasmine Yung is a second year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Data Theory, an interdisciplinary major focusing on ideas from both statistics and mathematics to offer a strong foundation for data science.
Jasmine has previously collaborated on research concerning hazing in American culture, Black female identities, and injustices faced by Black people in America. She also has experience mentoring and teaching dance to students in underserved communities. Jasmine’s research interests include social equity, social sustainability, and culturally related adversities that affect ethnic minority groups in America.
Outside of school, Jasmine loves dance, sewing, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family.

Lab Alumni

Rangeena Salim-Eissa, MSW,

Maynard Hearns, B.A., Master’s student at USC

Pritha Agarwal, M.A., PhD student in Advertisement, Public Relations and Media Design at the University of Colorado