RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Mental Health Policy, Interventions to Refute Stigmatization, Tobacco Related Health, Disparities, Social Norms and the Stigmatization of Smoking
Assistant Professor Jennifer Stuber’s research interests focus on forms of oppression including stigma and discrimination, health disparities, mental health and policy-making processes. She has studied forms of oppression for families that use means-tested government programs, tobacco users and for people living with mental illnesses. She completed her BS in biology and society at Cornell University, was a research assistant at the Hastings Center a bioethics think tank and received her PhD from Yale University in the Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health. Dr. Stuber joined the School of Social Work because she is committed to research that brings social change and to social justice for vulnerable populations. Since moving to Washington state, Dr. Stuber has been heavily engaged in research and partnership with public mental health organizations. She assisted them with the development and evaluation of interventions designed to foster recovery, to address tobacco dependence and to improve media engagement strategies. Dr. Stuber leads a statewide coalition designed to promote accurate media portrayals of mental illness in collaboration with the Department of Communications that includes an effort to develop media guidelines and to provide education to journalists. Most recently, Dr. Stuber,who lost her husband to suicide, has begun research and informed advocacy work to improve Washington state’s readiness to address the public health problem of suicide. In 2013, she co-founded the UW-affiliated nonprofit organization Forefront, which focuses on innovations in sucide prevention policy, education, outreach and research.