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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Dr. Alice Ma

Assistant Professor

ama@siue.edu
  
Education:
PhD, 2017, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MPH, 2013, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
BA, 2009, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Specialization:
Sexual and reproductive health, vulnerability and vulnerable populations, health equity, mixed methodologies.

Ma

Phone:
618-650-3312

Office:
Vadalabene Center, Rm. 2630


About Dr. Ma:

Dr. Ma received her PhD in Community Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).  She received her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Psychology major and Sexuality Studies minor).  She teaches core (Introduction to Public Health, Grantwriting in Public Health) and elective (Sexual Health) courses in the undergraduate Public Health program. 

Research Profile:
Dr. Ma is a mixed methodologist whose program of research examines factors that contribute to vulnerable and multi-marginalized populations' sexual and reproductive health behaviors and outcomes.  Her work utilizes theoretical frameworks (e.g., social-ecological model, General Model of Vulnerability) that consider how individual and structural factors contribute to health behaviors and outcomes.  Her research has been presented at many conferences, including the American Public Health Association, Society for Public Health Education, and Lilly International Conference on Evidences-Based Teaching and Learning.

Two primary lines of inquiry form Dr. Ma's research program:  (1) identifying behavioral and contextual facilitators and barriers to health among vulnerable and multi-marginalized populations; and (2) improving measurement tools to strengthen understanding of vulnerable and multi-marginalized populations.  Dr. Ma's future work will further the conceptual and analytical utility of her specific model of vulnerability by adapting and testing it with other vulnerable populations in different locales.  Her future rsearch will continue to harness collaborative partnerships to explore multi-level factors contributing to sexual and gender minority health, as well as with other vulnerable and marginalized identities, grounded in theoretical frameworks.


Representative Publications:
Ma, A.,
Tanner, A. E., Erausquin, J. T., Strack, R., W., & Rhodes, S. D. (in progress).  Advancing a vulnerability model for Latino sexual minorities in a new settlement state.

Ma, A., Tanner, A. E., & Erausquin, J. T., Strack, R. W., & Rhodes, S. D. (in progress).  Testing a vulnerability model for Latino sexual minorities in a new settlement state:  The association between vulnerability group membership and sexual health-related behaviors.

Ma, A., Chambers, B. D., Tanner, A. E., Kugler, K. C., Milroy, J. J., Wyrick, D. L., & Collins, L. M. (under review).  Use of protective behavioral strategies in alcohol use and hookups among trangender college students.  LGBT Health.

Tanner, A., E., Ma, A., Philbin, M. M., Chambers, B. D., and the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (in press).  Adolescent to adult HIV healthcare transition from the perspective of adult providers in the United States.  Journal of Adolescent Health.

Sun, C. J., Ma, A., Tanner, A. E., Mann, L. Reboussin, B. A., Garcia, M., Alonzo, J., & Rhodes, S. D. (2016).  Depressive symptoms among Latino sexual minority men and Latina transgender women in a new settlement state:  The role of perceived discrimination.  Depression Research and Treatment.  doi:10.1155/2016/4972854

Tanner, A. E., Ma, A., Roof, K. A., Rodgers, C. R. R., Brooks, D. N., & Paluzzi, P. (2015).  The 'kaleidoscope' of factors influencing urban adolescent pregnancy in Baltimore, Maryland.  Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies.  doi:10.1080/17450128.2015.1046534.

Ma, A., Chambers, B. D., Jenkins Hall, W., & Tanner, A. E. (2015).  Individual and structural factors influencing HIV care linkage and engagement:  Perceived barriers and solutions among HIV-positive persons.  Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 16(1), 34-42.

Tanner, A. E., Reboussin, B. A., Mann, L., Ma, A., Song, E., Alonzo, J., & Rhodes, S. D. (2014).  Factors influencing healthcare access perceptions and care-seeking behaviors of immigrant Latino sexual minority men and transgender individuals:  Baseline findings from the HOLA intervention study.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(4), 1679-1697.

Tanner, A. E., Jelenewicz, S. M., Ma, A., Houston, A. M., Rodgers, C. R. R., & Paluzzi, P. (2013).  Ambivalent messages:  Adolescents' perspectives on pregnancy and birth.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(1), 105-111.

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