Please Welcome Our New Post-Doctoral Fellows

Please Welcome Jones Adjei and Ryan Watson! Our new Post-Doctoral Fellows!

cropped-IMG_0075.jpgDr. Jones Adjei The Case of Ghana.”is a social demographer from the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. His doctoral research, Contextual Influences on Family Role Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana, explored the region’s intricately linked sociocultural and economic systems and how they impact family formation processes. His broad research interests include reproductive behaviour, population health, research methods, applied social statistics, religion, family, law and society. During his fellowship at SARAVYC, his research will be focused mainly on the risks and protective factors to sexual and reproductive health outcomes among vulnerable youth in low- to middle-income countries.

cropped-ryan.jpg Ryan Watson is a soon to be completed doctoral student who joined us in October as a visiting international research student who will become a SARAVYC post-doctoral fellow in the new year. His dissertation, entitled “Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Minority Youth Over Time and Across Cultures” explored adjustment and well-being for sexual minority adolescents and young adults and their interpersonal relationships. Ryan will be working on our Area 1 population survey data analysis documenting health disparities among LGBTQ youth.

He joins us from The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and received his B.A. at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. His dissertation, entitled “Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Minority Youth Over Time and Across Cultures” explored adjustment and well-being for sexual minority adolescents and young adults and their interpersonal relationships. His graduate advisers were Drs. Stephen Russell and Adela Licona.

Ryan’s work has been assisted by a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, which funded his independent research from August 2011-August 2014. His Master’s thesis explored the buffering effect of romantic relationships and the potential links of family support and academic achievement for sexual minorities through nationally representative prospective data. In addition, he has been involved with the Crossroads Collaborative, a Ford Foundation-funded interdisciplinary group of scholars that is dedicated to advancing research, graduate training, public conversation, and ultimately social change in the area of youth, sexuality, health, and rights.

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