May Sudhinaraset

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Associate Professor
Type of Faculty: 
Full Time
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Global sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, family planning, and abortion; social determinants of health; global migration; health services, health equity; social contexts of adolescents and migrant youth; social policies and immigrant youth in the US; Asian and Pacific Islanders; Myanmar, Kenya, India, Asia

Dr. May Sudhinaraset, PhD is Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at UCLA. She is trained as a social epidemiologist from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on understanding the social determinants of migrant, adolescent, and women’s health both globally and in the US. Her work centers around three complementary streams of work: (1) social and cultural contexts of vulnerable adolescents and women; (2) global women’s health and quality of service delivery; and (3) social policies and immigration in the US. Her global work includes women’s experiences during childbirth, family planning, and abortion services, development of quality improvement interventions in Kenya and India, and large-scale maternal and child health evaluations in Myanmar. She currently is Principal Investigator of the BRAVE Study (Bridging communities Raising API Voices for health Equity), the first study to assess the health status and health care utilization of undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander young adults. Using community participatory approaches, this study explores the impact of social policies, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, on the social and health outcomes of undocumented young adults. She has collaborated with institutions and researchers in Myanmar, Kenya, India, Thailand and China.

Selected Publications: 

Sudhinaraset M, Treleaven E, Melo J, Singh K, Diamond-Smith N. Women’s Status and Experiences of Mistreatment during Childbirth in Uttar Pradesh: A Mixed Methods Study Using Cultural Health Capital Theory. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016; 16(1): 332.

Afulani P., Torres J., Sudhinaraset M., Asunka J. Transnational ties and the health of sub-Saharan African migrants: The moderating role of gender and family separation. Social Science and Medicine. 2016: 168: 63-71.

Diamond-Smith N, Treleaven E, Murthy N, Sudhinaraset M. Women's empowerment and experiences of mistreatment during childbirth in facilities in Lucknow, India: Results from a cross-sectional study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (November 2016).

Sudhinaraset M, Beyeler N, Barge S, Diamond-Smith N. Decision-Making for Delivery Location and Quality of Care among Slum-Dweller: A Qualitative Study in Uttar Pradesh, India. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016; 16:148.

Sudhinaraset, M, Melo, J, Diamond-Smith, N. Cross-Border Ties and the Reproductive Health of India’s Internal Migrant Women. SSM: Population Health. 2016; 2: 341-349.

Thet MM, Richards L, Sudhinaraset M, Thi Paw NE, Diamond-Smith N. High rates of inadequate feeding practices, especially among children 12-24 months, in Myanmar. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016; 20(8): 1688-95.

Sudhinaraset, M, Diamond-Smith, N, Thet, M, Aung, T. Influence of Internal Migration on Reproductive Health in Myanmar: Results from a Recent Cross-Sectional Survey. BMC Public Health. 2016: 16(1): 246. PMID:26961883.

Thet MM, Khaing EE, Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M, Oo S, Aung T. Barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in the Ayeyarwaddy Region in Myanmar: Qualitative findings from mothers, grandmothers, and husbands. Appetite. 2016 Jan 1; 96:62-9. PMID: 26344810

Sudhinaraset, M, Wigglesworth, C, Takeuchi, D. Social and Cultural Contexts of Alcohol Use: Neighborhood, Immigration, and Societal Influences. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews. 2015.

Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M. Drivers of facility deliveries in Africa and Asia: regional analyses using the demographic and health surveys. Reprod Health. 2015; 12(1):6. PMID: 25595063.

Sudhinaraset M, Briegleb C, Aung M, Khin HS, Aung T. Motivation and challenges for use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests among informal providers in Myanmar: a qualitative study. Malar J. 2015; 14(1):61. PMID: 25889046.

Blanchard K, Lince-Deroche N, Fetters T, Devjee J, de Menezes ID, Trueman K, Sudhinaraset M, Nkonko E, Moodley J. Introducing medication abortion into public sector facilities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: an operations research study. Contraception. 2015 Oct; 92(4):330-8. PMID: 26162575

Sudhinaraset M, Ingram M, Lofthouse HK, Montagu D. What is the role of informal healthcare providers in developing countries? A systematic review. PLoS One. 2013; 8(2):e54978. PMID: 23405101.

Sudhinaraset M, Raymond HF, McFarland W. Convergence of HIV prevalence and inter-racial sexual mixing among men who have sex with men, San Francisco, 2004-2011. AIDS Behav. 2013 May; 17(4):1550-6. PMID: 23229337

Sudhinaraset M, Astone N, Blum RW. Migration and unprotected sex in Shanghai, China: correlates of condom use and contraceptive consistency across migrant and nonmigrant youth. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Mar; 50(3 Suppl):S68-74. PMID: 22340859.

Sudhinaraset M, Mmari K, Go V, Blum RW. Sexual attitudes, behaviours and acculturation among young migrants in Shanghai. Cult Health Sex. 2012 Oct; 14(9):1081-94. PMID: 22943505 

Blum R, Sudhinaraset M, Emerson MR. Youth at risk: suicidal thoughts and attempts in Vietnam, China, and Taiwan. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Mar; 50(3 Suppl):S37-44. PMID: 22340854

Mmari, K.N, Sudhinaraset, M. Blum, R. Exploring the role of social connectedness among military youth: Perceptions from youth, parents, and school personnel. Child and Youth Care Forum. 2010; 351-366.

Sudhinaraset M, Blum RW. The unique developmental considerations of youth-related work injuries. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2010 Apr-Jun; 16(2):216-22. PMID: 20465066

Bradshaw, C., Sudhinaraset, M., Mmari, K., Blum, R.W. . School Transitions among Military Adolescents: A Qualitative Study of Stress Appraisal and Coping. School Psychology Review. 2010; 1(39):84-105.

Johnson, S., Sudhinaraset., M., Blum, R.W. . Neuromaturation and Adolescent Risk Taking: Why Development is not Determinism. Journal of Adolescent Research. 2010; 1(25):4-23.

Mmari, K., Roche, K., Sudhinaraset, M., and Blum, R. . When a Parent Goes Off to War: Exploring the Issues Faced by Adolescents and their Families. Journal of Youth and Society. 2009; 4(40):455-475.

Sudhinaraset M. Reducing unsafe abortion in Nigeria. Issues Brief (Alan Guttmacher Inst). 2008; (3):1-3. PMID: 19537327

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