Megan Stanton, PhD
Research Specialist, InCHIP (Affiliate)
My work examines social determinants of health with marginalized groups such as sex workers and homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. Specifically, I study community-based interventions which operate at the individual, community, and sociopolitical levels to support physical and mental health and well-being. For example, I have worked on research studying housing as a structural intervention for transgender individuals living with HIV. For my dissertation research I analyzed the individual, community, and sociopolitical impact of a sex worker-led cooperative bank on sex worker well-being in Kolkata, India. As an InCHIP Affiliate I will build upon this qualitative work by developing a quantitative study assessing the extent to which bank membership affects sex worker mental and physical health. While at InCHIP I will also work on an on-going project evaluating a community-based HIV prevention and treatment program with members of the House/Ball community in New York, NY, as well as a study examining predictors of faith-based health care utilization in Hartford, CT.
2005, B.F.A, Acting, Marymount Manhattan College
2009, M.S.W, Casework, University of Connecticut, School of Social Work
2015 (April) Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice
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