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Postdoctoral Associate Bios

Myoungock Jang recently completed her PhD at Yale University. Her research interests are primarily in obesity prevention, health promotion and prevention of type 2 diabetes in ethically diverse adults and children. Based upon her clinical background working with diabetes patients in Korea and completion of Adult Nurse Practitioner program for her masters’ degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she focused on research in prevention of obesity and type 1 diabetes management during her PhD program. She had the opportunities to have been involved in two different projects (internet-based intervention programs) from the stage of development and implementation to dissemination of the outcomes during her PhD program. For her dissertation, she explored factors associated with child BMI in Korean American families. During her postdoctoral fellowship program, Jang will continue to work with the research on understanding parental role in child health behaviors and BMI in Korean American families. Contact Myoungock "Mio" Jang at

Kezia Scales, who earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2014, studies the nursing team in long-term care for older people, with a special interest in unlicensed nursing staff. For her doctoral research, she conducted a comparative ethnographic study of knowledge translation and person-centered care in US and UK nursing homes. As a postdoctoral associate at the School of Nursing under the mentorship of Dr. Kirsten Corazzini, she is examining nursing assistants’ communication about acute changes in condition among nursing home residents, with implications for efforts to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations. Before joining the School of Nursing, she completed a year’s postdoctoral appointment in the Program on Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Scales holds a master’s in comparative social policy from Oxford University (UK) and a BA in sociology from Queen’s University (Canada). Contact Kezia Scales at