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Stephanie Begun, MSW, PhD Candidate, is a mixed methods researcher who focuses on reproductive and sexual health decision-making, social networks, and social norms among homeless youth. More specifically, her research investigates opportunities by which prevention science, policies, and community-based participatory research may work in tandem to positively impact reproductive and sexual health access and outcomes. Her goal is to conduct research that promotes the health and wellness of vulnerable populations, while also reflecting a deep commitment to social justice and anti-oppressive practice.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Stephanie earned her MSW at the University of Denver and BA in Latin American Studies and Government & Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. Stephanie has also worked as a Community Organizer and Public Affairs Specialist at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. An avid social justice activist, Stephanie views her community-based experiences as the most prominent influence on her decision to pursue a career in social work research and education.