About Me

I am a clinical health psychologist. My research is on health disparities among marginalized women, the relationship between interpersonal stress (both traumatic and non-traumatic) and health, and cultural competence in healthcare delivery.

Ivy K. Ho, PhD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL

 

Phone:

978-934-3963

 

Email:

Ivy_Ho@uml.edu 

 

Address:

113 Wilder Street, Suite 300

Lowell, MA 01854

AREAS OF RESEARCH
 

HEALTH DISPARITIES AMONG MARGINALIZED WOMEN

I am interested in how intersecting minority statuses jointly have an impact on women's health. Most of my work in this area focuses on Asian American women, including cervical cancer screening among Southeast Asian American women ​      . 

 

Lowell, MA is home to the second largest Cambodian American community.  This community faces significant health disparities.  I am particularly interested in understanding the socioecological  context of healthcare utilization among younger generations of Cambodian American women.  I have conducted research on providers' perceptions of their young adult Cambodian American female patients       , as well as socioecological context of health behaviors among 1.5- and second-generation Cambodian American women.

INTERPERSONAL STRESS AND HEALTH AMONG WOMEN

I study both traumatic and non-traumatic interpersonal stress, and its health correlates among women.  For example, using Southeast Asian Americans as an example, I argue that sexual harassment and intimate partner violence need to be understood with the context of social, cultural, and historical factors      .  With colleagues Dr. Khanh Dinh and Dr. Yuying Tsong, I co-edited a special issue of the journal, Women & Therapy, on Trauma and Well-Being among Asian American Women       .  

 

In terms of non-traumatic interpersonal stress, I have examined the impact of interpersonal stress from gender-based microaggression among female athletes       .

CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN HEALTHCARE DELIVERY

My initial work on cultural competence was on the healthcare experience of a woman who occupied multiple minority statuses         . Currently, my research team and I examine

 various aspects of culturally competent care among people who occupy marginalized identities, including women of color and transgender people of color.  I believe being "culturally competent" is more than being superficially aware that cultural differences exist.

RESEARCH TEAM
RESEARCH TEAM
 
2015-2017

Master's Degree

LAW SCHOOL

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2012-2014

Bachelor's Degree

UNIVERSITY

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2007-2010

High School Diploma

STEPHANIE CAZEAU, MA

Stephanie is a student in the Applied Psychology and Prevention Science PhD program.  Her research is on the lived experiences of stigmatized diseases among Black American women.  In addition, Stephanie is interested in culturally competent care for Black women who have experienced sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

DYLAN TELLEZ, MA

Dylan is a student in the Applied Psychology and Prevention Science PhD program.  His research is on Latinx people's perceptions of transgender people, and on how and whether transgender people make the decision to make gender-affirming transitions.

MERVE ARMAĞAN, MA

Merve is a student in the  Applied Psychology and Prevention Science PhD program.  She studies the contextual factors associated with psychological and physical well-being among Syrian refugees in Turkey.

TAYLOR SHELDON, BA

Taylor is jointly enrolled in the Community Social Psychology master's program and the  Applied Psychology and Prevention Science PhD program.  She studies healthcare needs of people who are homeless.

KAREN LARA

Karen is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology. 

EMILY SESSA
Emily is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology. 

DOCTORAL ALUM

CHRISTINA NIKITOPOULOS, PH.D.

Christina was a doctoral candidate in the Applied Psychology and Prevention Science PhD program.  She studied the role of fitness communities (such as CrossFit) in promoting participation in physical activity.  Christina also examined how the intersection of gender and age presents unique barriers against physical activity among women in midlife and beyond.

PRO BONO CONSULTING FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
 

I offer pro bono consultating to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Lowell area that provide services to underprivileged and marginalized groups.

WHY I OFFER PRO BONO CONSULTING

One of my duties as a university faculty member is to conduct research and generate knowledge. One way I choose to do so is by helping nonprofit organizations address obstacles they face when serving marginalized groups. Because I receive a stable income from the university, I do not need to charge cash-strapped nonprofit organizations for my consulting work. 

CONSULTING APPROACH

I value building a partnership of equals with an organization, based on mutual trust and respect, equal power sharing, and open communication. I believe the organization is the expert on what it needs and what it wants to achieve, and my job is to lend my skills to help the organization reach its objectives. 

CONSULTING ACTIVITIES

  • Design and execute research to solve problems that organizations face;

  • Analyze and interpret survey and interview data;

  • Review scientific literature to provide "best practices" recommendations and guide program design;

  • Convey scientific information in jargon-free language, both orally and in writing;

  • Present at workshops, community meetings, conferences, etc.

RECENT CONSULTING PROJECTS

Greater Lowell Health Alliance - Fall 2018

Every three years, the Greater Lowell Health Alliance conducts a community health needs assessment.  These assessment typically entail key informant focus group interviews and gathering of public health data.  I worked on a new component for the 2019 needs assessment; specifically, this assessment will now include a survey of the health priorities of residents of the Greater Lowell area.  The survey will be in English, Khmer, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Swahili, to reflect the diversity of the Greater Lowell area.  The members of my research team who are involved in this project are Merve Armağan and Elliott Botelho.

Thom Ann Sullivan Center - Spring 2019

As part of their support services of mothers of young children, Thom Ann Sullivan Center provides these mothers with brief information sheets about a variety of health and wellness topics, from nutrition to intimate partner violence.  I worked with the Center to develop culturally-appropriate information to about gestational diabetes, as well as develop evidence-based workshops to improve dietary choices.  Whitney Tang, a member of my research team, assisted in this project.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
 

LOWELL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

As a primary care patient at the Lowell Community Health Center, I am proud to be on the Board of Directors and a member of the Finance Committee.

GREATER LOWELL HEALTH ALLIANCE

Member, Steering Committee; Co-Chair, Cultural Competency Task Force

The Cultural Competency Task Force works with community partners to promote Massachusetts's Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards as well as Greater Lowell's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS ASIAN AMERICAN COMMISSION (May 2016 - June 2019)

Commissioner; Chair, Health and Human Services Committee

I was appointed by the MA Speaker of the House to the Commission.  As chair of the Commission's Health and Human Services committee,  I work with fellow commissioners and state legislators to address health disparities among Asian Americans in Massachusetts.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Ivy K. Ho, PhD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY

Phone:

978-934-3963

Email:

Ivy_Ho@uml.edu