April 25, 2017
Louis Graham, Assistant Professor of Community Health Education, recently spoke with the Center for Research on Families (CRF) at UMass Amherst for a feature profile. Graham spoke about his research as a CRF fellow examining how complex relationships with family, friends, and romantic and sexual partners can serve as both sources of support and stress, particularly among members of marginalized communities. He seeks a more nuanced understanding of how these relationships buffer from and contribute to mental distress.
"One of the things that guides my work is the idea that we stand to learn most from those who are most marginalized. Certainly if we can address health disparities and challenges for those who are most marginalized, we can do it for the collective,” Graham said.