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Joni-Leigh WebsterGraduate Student

Advisor: Timothy J. Dowd
  • PhD in Sociology, Emory University, 2023 (Anticipated)
  • MA in Sociology, Emory University, 2020
  • MPH in Health Education & Behavioral Science, Rutgers University, 2016
  • BS in Public Health, Rutgers University, 2010

General Research Areas

  • Health
  • Inequality
  • Race and Racism
  • Mental Health
  • Social Psychology

Current Research

My research focus is health and inequality with an emphasis on race and ethnic relations, racism, and mental health.  I have experience conducting psychometric analysis, validating the CES-D scale among rural Bangladeshi women exposed to intimate partner violence.  In conjunction to my interest in scale validation, I am passionate about examining the mental health effects of racism and discrimination on Black people residing in the U.S., with increased concern for intra-ethnic difference.  Through the TADA Fellowship, my dissertation will explore the mental health effects of vicarious trauma from police brutality and vigilantism using Twitter.


“It Could Have Been Me”: Examining the Mental Health Effects of Exposure to Race-Based Trauma on Twitter