1136 Lane Hall
204 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: 734–764–9537
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Research Faculty

Carol J. Boyd

Carol J. Boyd

Research Professor, IRWG
Deborah J. Oakley Collegiate Professor of Nursing
Professor of Women’s Studies
Research Professor, Substance Abuse Research Center

1245 Lane Hall & 2158 Lane Hall
734-615-4478 &734-615-8760

Professor Boyd is an internationally recognized scholar in the studies of gender, vulnerable populations, and risky health behaviors (e.g. smoking, misuse of medications, alcohol abuse, and other substance abuse). She is noted for mixed-method studies, including evaluation research for the State of Michigan and for Michigan schools. Her most recent studies, funded by the National Institutes of Health, are school-based and focus on adolescent and young adult populations and their lifestyle behaviors, with a particular focus on the medications they are prescribed and how they are used and misused.

Professor Boyd received her PhD in nursing with an anthropology cognate from Wayne State University (1987).

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Sean Esteban McCabe

Sean Esteban McCabe

Research Associate Professor, IRWG

G245 Lane Hall

Dr. McCabe is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of epidemiology of substance use disorders, prescription medication use and misuse, gender, sexual orientation, adolescence, and web-based data collection. His current research interests focus on gender, racial and sexual orientation differences in substance use disorders, collegiate substance abuse, and prescription medication use and misuse among adolescents.

Dr. McCabe earned his PhD in social work and education from the University of Michigan (2000).

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Quyen Epstein-Ngo

Quyen Epstein-Ngo

Research Assistant Professor, IRWG

1247 Lane Hall

Dr. Epstein-Ngo is a clinical psychologist whose research interests broadly concern substance use and co-occurring aggression . Specifically, Dr. Epstein-Ngo examines bio-psycho-social factors which influence the associations between substance use and aggression. The goal of her research is to inform intervention services for adolescents and emerging adults, particularly those from high-risk environments who often have histories of trauma. Her current work focuses on the examination of substance use and dating aggression using daily calendar and event-level data to determine specific contextual factors associated with conflict incidents. Dr. Epstein-Ngo is also a fellow with the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and the UM Injury Center where her translational research on behavioral interventions is centered.

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Michelle Segar

Michelle Segar

Director, SHARP Center
Assistant Research Scientist, IRWG

1251 Lane Hall

Dr. Segar is nationally recognized for her interdisciplinary research in women's exercise goals, motivation, and behavior. Her research investigates the cultural norms and gender-specific pressures that undermine sustainable physical activity motivation, self-regulation, and behavior. Her latest research examines behavioral branding and gender differences in exercise marketing and messaging. Trained as an interventionist and translational researcher, Dr. Segar also develops and evaluates interventions and marketing messages to foster sustainable physical activity and self-care.

Dr. Segar has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, American Association of University Women, and the American College of Sports Medicine, among others. Her research has generated accolades from organizations such as the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the North American Menopause Society, and the State of Michigan's Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. She speaks to academic, health professional, and lay audiences about how to make behavioral changes that can be sustained over time.

Dr. Segar has a doctorate in psychology, a master's of public health (health behavior-health education), and an MS in kinesiology, all from the University of Michigan.

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Julia Seng

Julia Seng

Research Associate Professor, IRWG
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Women's Studies

G120 Lane Hall

Julia Seng studies the effects of abuse-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on women’s health and childbearing outcomes. She and her collaborators have been studying genetic, neuroendocrine, psychological, and social predictors of obstetric, mental health, and attachment outcomes of first-time pregnant women who have PTSD. They also focus on the women’s experiences, using narrative methods. Using action research, they have worked with "survivor moms" to develop a PTSD-specific psycho-education program for the childbearing year.

Dr. Seng is the co-author with Mickey Sperlich of Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse (Motherbaby Press, 2008), which was honored as the 2009 Book of the Year by the American College of Nurse Midwives. Currently Dr. Seng is studying the hormone oxytocin as a plausible biological mechanism for some of the psychological and physical symptoms of Complex PTSD among women. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in outcomes research at the University of Iowa.

Professor Seng, CNM, FAAN, earned her PhD in nursing (women’s health) from the University of Michigan (1999).

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Philip Veliz

Assistant Research Professor

1245 Lane Hall

Dr. Veliz's personal research interests include the sociology of sport, substance use,and the impact of sport within public education. His most recent research focuses on the provision of sports among girls and boys in public high schools. Moreover, he is currently engaged in several projects that examine how involvement in sport either encourages or deters substance use among adolescents.

Dr. Veliz earned his PhD in sociology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY (2012).

His CV is available here.
Wang Zheng

Wang Zheng

Associate Research Scientist, IRWG
Associate Professor, Women's Studies and History

2156 Lane Hall

Professor Wang’s publications concern feminism in China, both in terms of its historical development and its contemporary activism, and changing gender discourses in China’s socioeconomic, political, and cultural transformations of the past century. Her recent research projects deal with gender and socialist state formation in the Mao era and contemporary feminist activism in China in a global context. Wang Zheng is the director of the US-China Gender Studies program, which collaborates with Chinese universities to develop graduate programs in women’s and gender studies in China.

Wang Zheng earned her PhD in Modern Chinese History from the University of California, Davis.

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