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Kara Chung
Ph.D. Student, HDFS


B.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Neurobiology and Environmental Studies, Certificate in Global Health

Research interests
• Social and racial equity
• Health disparities
• Social determinants of health
Martz CD, Allen AM, Fuller-Rowell TE, Spears EC, Chung K, Hunter EA, Lim SS, Drenkard C, Chae DH. (2019). Vicarious racism stress and disease activity: The Black Women's Experience Living with Lupus (BeWELL) Study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 6(5):1044-1051

Martz CD, Chung K, Lim SS, Drenkard CM, Chae DH, Area-level poverty and organ damage in the Black Women's Experiences Living with Lupus (BeWELL) Study. Presentation at IAPHS Annual Conference, 2019, October 2; Seattle, WA

Hunter EA, Spears EC, Martz CD, Chung K, Fulller-Rowell TE, Lim SS, Drenkard CM, Chae DH (Submitted). Racism-related stress and psychological distress: Black Women's Experiences Living with Lupus (BeWELL). Health Psychology

Courses taught
ILS 157: Bradley Roundtable Seminar, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research projects
Graduate Research Assistant, Society, Health, and Racial Equity (SHARE) Lab

Fun Facts

I have an avocado tree – his name is Aguacate (Augie for short)

Hero/someone you look up to:
My parents and sisters – they’re the hardest working and most compassionate people I personally know!

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS/MFT, what would it be?
Environmental Conservation or Computer Programming

What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
ind something you are truly passionate about because when the going gets tough (and it will) it will be the one thing that will keep you moving forward.