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    2023 MOSAIC Scholar: Amanda D. Perez, PhD, MA

    Amanda Perez

    Project Title: Racism-Related Stress and Birth Outcomes Among Latinas: New Tools for Maximizing Conceptual and Methodological Validity
    Position: Postdoctoral Scholar
    Institution: University of California, Berkeley
    Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Project ID: K99MD018629

    Amanda Perez, PhD, MA, is a proud Angeleno, coming from one of Los Angeles' many diverse yet under-resourced neighborhoods. Growing up there, she saw up close the structural challenges that marginalized communities face, sparking her passion to understand and address these inequalities. Choosing to delve deeper into these interests, Dr. Perez earned her BA, MA, and PhD in social psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. During her graduate studies, she developed a keen interest in the multifaceted realm of racism and its profound effects on health, which led her to bridge the gap between psychology and public health. Dr. Perez is currently conducting postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, where she’s investigating the impact of anticipatory racism on the physical and mental health of women of color. She’s deeply committed to mentoring and guiding the next generation of scholars, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds. Drawing from her own academic challenges, she understands the transformative power of mentorship. As a member of the MOSAIC program, she’s excited about expanding mentorship opportunities and championing diversity in academia.