This seminar will explore recent empirical research from Australia and the US regarding the patterns and impacts of racism and racial discrimination on health for children and adolescents and promising approaches to address them. This will include analysis of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and the Speak Out Against Racism (SOAR) study, a large-scale population level survey of Australian school students experiences and responses to racial discrimination and impacts on their socioemotional adjustment, sleep and cardiometabolic outcomes. SOAR also involves the development and piloting of a whole of school program to support primary school teachers and students to counter and address racism and racial discrimination.
Naomi Priest’s broad research interest is to integrate social and epidemiologic methods to examine and address inequalities in health and development across populations and place and throughout the life course. This includes social epidemiology and qualitative research to understand differences in health and development experienced by children and youth from Indigenous backgrounds and from ethnic minorities, and explanations for observed differences across intersecting identities and experiences such as gender, socioeconomic position, and disability. Much of this work focuses on patterns, mechanisms and prospective influence of adverse early life exposures and stressors, including discrimination, stigma and bias.