Scientist, advocate, and activist Caroline Kuo, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, works to help South African families thrive at the intersection of the global HIV pandemic and mental health issues. Kuo employs a novel method in understanding the experiences of the communities she works with: she asks them to draw pictures to express themselves. She also creates policy briefs for the South African government.
Brandon Marshall, assistant professor of epidemiology, discusses his work on prescription drug addiction among young adults in Rhode Island. Overdose and addiction are epidemics across the US, and Marshall is working to prevent them, as well as transitions from prescription painkillers to harder drugs such as heroin. By conducting research on drug users' experiences, he hopes to lower the barriers to accessing addiction treatment.