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A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation

Tashelle Wright

Tashelle Wright UC Merced Grad Student

Since staring my higher education journey, I have been interested in health sciences and research. My past research includes a neuroscience study of the impact of anxiety on short-term memory and exploring health disparities of African Americans in Utah. I conducted this research as a McNair Scholar. I also worked on a range of projects while working in the Office of Health Disparities including: emergency preparedness with Refugee groups, oral health related projects, mental health perception focus groups, and research with and within the Black community. As a PhD student, I am interested in aging and cognition, older adults, chronic disease and addressing preventable health disparities, specifically within African, African American and Hispanic/Latino populations. My current research projects include: qualitative research on older adult family caregivers in rural California and a secondary data analysis using the NHIS. I am exploring food insecurity and social support/social networks, and the challenges and barriers to caregiving as well as the assets caregivers have and use, through interviews and focus groups. I was recently selected as a UC Tobacco and Smoke-Free Fellowship recipient for a group research project with fellow HER Lab Group members Andrea Lopez, MPH and Jazmine Kenny, B.A.


Exp. 2020 Ph.D., Public Health, University of California, Merced
Exp. 2018 Master’s of Science in Public Health, University of California, Merced
2016 Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Westminster College
2014 Associate of Science in Biology, Salt Lake Community College

Relevant Coursework: Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Grant Writing, Health Communication, Health Policy, Intercultural & Global Communication, Infectious & Chronic Diseases, Qualitative Methods, Social and Behavioral Science in Public Health, Research Methods, and Statistics

UC Merced Blum Center, Group Awarded: ($8,000.00) June 1, 2017 – May 31st, 2018
“Overcoming Malnutrition in non-Institutionalized Elderly Citizens.”

UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Student Fellowship, Award Amount: ($12,000.00) 2017 – 2018
Graduate Dean’s Relocation Award, Awarded: ($500.00) 2016 – 2017
Graduate Group Recruitment Fellowship, Awarded: ($5,000.00) 2016 – 2017
Collester Scholarship, Total Awarded: ($13,920.00) 2014 – 2018

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program 2014 – 2016

1. Mastering the Classroom with 1st Generation College Students 2017 – Present
2. Developing Teaching Strategies 2017 – Present
3. Improving Teaching by Assessing Learning 2017 – Present
4. ATLAS.ti: Qualitative Data Analysis Software 2017 – Present

Dr. Nancy Burke