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Sasha Zhou

Assistant Professor in Public Health
Wayne State University

Discipline Area

Health Sciences

Societal Priority

Children, Youth, & Families , Health & Health Equity - physical, Health & Health Equity - mental

Social Category Focus

Gender, Sexuality, & Sexual Orientation, Race & Ethnicity


Dr. Zhou is an assistant professor in Public Health at Wayne State University. She received her Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she was a Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Scholar. Dr. Zhou is also a co-investigator of the Healthy Minds Network, a research-to-practice network dedicated to improving the mental and emotional wellbeing of young people through innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship.

Current Work

Dr. Zhou’s research uses mixed methods to understand and address the mental health needs of emerging adults and college student populations with particular focus on underserved populations, including students of color, international students, and sexual and gender minorities. Her broader research portfolio combines varied methodological approaches to identify the mechanisms that perpetuate mental health disparities, including in-depth qualitative work and large-scale epidemiological surveys.

Research Area Keyword(s)

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans; mental health; mental health disparities; Students of Color