Ms. Daisy Le, a behavioral and community health doctoral candidate in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, was chosen as the 2015 winner of the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Cancer Special Interest Group Outstanding Student Abstract award. The award recognizes Ms. Le’s research poster “M-PACTing Under 160 Characters: Use of health information technology in a prostate cancer educational intervention for AA men” as the best student abstract among all those submitted according to the criteria of scientific significance; strength of methodology/design; and innovation of idea.
Dr. Cheryl Holt, associate professor, and Dr. MinQi Wang, professor, both in the UMD SPH Department of Behavioral and Community Health, were collaborators on this research. Ms. Le works as a faculty research assistant with Dr. Cheryl Holt’s CHAMP (Community Health Awareness, Messages, & Prevention) program in the areas of cancer, health disparities, and health communication. She also assists Dr. Holt with research grants centered on community-based and culturally appropriate interventions (with an emphasis on spirituality/religiosity).
Ms. Daisy Le, earned her dual Master degrees in Asian American Studies (MA) and Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her MPH concentration was in Community Health Sciences with specializations in Global Health and Health Promotion and Health Education. Her primary research interest is in sexual and reproductive health among minority populations (particularly with CBPR on cervical cancer prevention, care, and control within the inner-city Southeast Asian and adolescent populations).
In addition to her work with Dr. Holt, Ms. Le is also a research assistant for Dr. Sunmin Lee’s Maryland Asian American Health Studies in the UMD Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Maryland Asian American Cancer Program, a joint project based at the Johns Hopkins University under Dr. Hee-Soon Juon.
Ms. Le will receive the award at an SBM meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, April 24. The award comes with a monetary grant that covers travel and conference expenses.