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Brian Clark

Jr. Research Associate II since 2018


bclark@rescueagency.com
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The son of both a military officer and Panamanian immigrant, Brian was aware of the various manifestations of social identity and their connections to social status from a young age. Often balancing two different cultures, he became fascinated by what it means to hold social identities not a part of the majority, and the implications of the stigma often attached to them.

In 2015 he graduated from the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in Psychology. Initially not drawn to conventional psychological research, he decided to intern at Georgetown University’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Program. This was the first time he was able to explore the different dimensions of race, ethnicity and class, and their connections to mental health through a series of community research forums. These forums aimed to address the barriers to participation in biomedical research faced by underserved racial and ethnic groups in the Washington, DC area. After this experience he became a victim advocate for both the National Sexual Assault Hotline and National Human Trafficking Resource Center for three years. During this time, Brian co-led the Gender, Sexual and Romantic Minorities Working Group in identifying and advocating for the needs of LGBTQ survivors of human trafficking. This experience only further fostered his desire to create change that goes beyond the individual.

In 2016 he moved to Los Angeles, CA to work for the Psychology Applied Research Center, a research lab focused on using community-based participatory research to address health disparities in low-income communities of color. Of significant achievement for Brian during this time was being a part of the statewide evaluation team for the California Reducing Disparities Project, a systems change initiative that aimed to reduce mental health disparities through culturally grounded and community defined practices in five populations throughout California: African American, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and LGBTQ.

Brian is excited to join Rescue as a Junior Research Associate II for the Fresh Empire Campaign and continue using research to inform public health initiatives geared towards diverse populations.