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Jennifer Kate Felner

Postdoctoral Fellow of Public Health, San Diego State University

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Felner employs community-based participatory research (CBPR) and youth participatory action research (YPAR) approaches, qualitative and mixed methodologies, and critical theoretical lens to address the social and structural determinants of health inequities among marginalized youth and young adults. Felner's projects address a variety of health topics, including tobacco- and substance use-related inequities among LGBTQ youth, youth homelessness and housing instability, place-effects on health, and health inequities at the intersections of marginalized social positions.

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"Universal Bathroom Access in San Diego Could Help Save Lives. Here’s How.," Megan B. Welsh (with Jennifer Kate Felner and Mitchelle Woodson), Opinion, The San Diego Union Tribune, June 7, 2021.
Jennifer Kate Felner's research on participatory research on youth homelessness discussed by Gary Warth, "Researchers Find Environment Perpetuates Stigma of Homelessness," The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 9, 2019.


"Stress, Coping, and Context: Examining Substance Use Among LGBTQ Young Adults With Probable Substance Use Disorders" (with Jennifer P. Wisdom, Tenneill Williams, Laura Katuska, Sean J. Haley, Hee-Jin Jun, and Heather L. Corliss). Psychiatric Services (October 2019).

Involves a qualitative examination of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) young adults with probable substance use disorders conceptualized their substance use vis-à-vis their LGBTQ identities.

"Action4Health Community Report: Findings on Youth Homelessness, Health, and Stigma," (with Jerel Pasion Calzo, Hunter Call, Daniel Kirkland, Jerel Calzo, Saanjh Boyani, Amanda Farr, Talia Kieu, Ethan Lopez, Andrew Stieber, Cameron Wadstrom, Carrissa Wijaya, and Sally Windsich), San Diego State University, 2019.

Describes the findings of a community-based participatory research study using photovoice methodology to explore health and homelessness in San Diego among transitional aged youth.

"“Anywhere but Here”: Querying Spatial Stigma as a Social Determinant of Health among Youth of Color Accessing LGBTQ Services in Chicago’s Boystown" (with Terry T. Dudley and Jesus Ramirez-Valles). Social Science & Medicine 213 (September 2018): 181-189.

Explores intersecting place, race, and class-based stigmas, or spatial stigma, as a social determinant of health among youth of color accessing LGBTQ-specific services in the Chicago’s White, middle-class gay enclave, Boystown. Collects qualitative data within the context of a youth participatory action research study with 11 youth researchers.