Prior to starting the doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin, Jelena practiced social work in the areas of intimate partner violence within marginalized communities, health care equity and social justice education. In addition to several years of direct social work practice as an advocate, Jelena has extensive experience in program development and implementation. Jelena also loves teaching and has taught graduate social work courses on social justice, intimate partner violence and women’s issues as an Adjunct Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.
As a doctoral student, Jelena is interested in violence and social inequality as determinants of health. She is especially interested in how interventions rooted in intersectionality, relational theories and the intentional examination of power can address social determinants of health, ultimately improving health outcomes. Currently, Jelena is conducting a pilot study with another PhD student from the Moody College of Communication to examine factors impacting LGBTQ patients’ disclosure of sexual orientation and gender identity in health care settings. The project is funded through the Health Communication Scholars Program. Jelena is a recipient of the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School Recruitment Fellowship and Stephens Family Endowed Presidential Fellowship.
Violence and social inequality as determinants of health; interventions targeting social determinants of health; LGBTQ and women’s health; intergroup dialogue; restorative / transformative justice and practices; critical consciousness; radical / critical social work practice; practice research.
- MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
- BA in Psychology, University of Nevada at Reno
Mailing AddressThe University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712-0358