Amy A. Donovan, PhD
My health disparities research documents the efforts of poor, marginally housed, and homeless young people to access primary care, reduce and eliminate harms from substance use, obtain reproductive health care and HIV/STI services. The focus is on identifying structural factors including the rights, entitlements, laws and policies that influence young people’s ability to obtain needed healthcare and housing services.
My most recent study addresses the challenges of carrying out longitudinal research with resource challenged, migratory populations. Utilizing new technologies designed for computers and GPS-enabled mobile phones, our research team is collaborating with highly mobile homeless young adults to create two types of maps. The first documents their migration routes as they travel over time. The second map details their experiences with health care providers and with different types of housing and shelter, as well as their jobs and income generating activities. In conjunction with extensive one to one interviewing, these maps give us new insight into what motivates movement, the decision to remain sedentary, and relocation.
- Global Health and Human Rights
- Social Science and Medicine, Focus on: Health Disparities, Unmet Need, and the Role of Urban Social Support Networks in Providing Care
- Social Inequalities: Exploitation and Empowerment, Social and Political Movements, Civil Society and Marginalized Populations
- Research Methods: participatory, qualitative, social history, and geospatial
- Advanced Studies in Gender and Sexuality
- University Presentations: Concordia University, Montréal; Yale University; Indiana University, Bloomington; Santa Clara University; New College; California State University, East Bay; University of California, Berkeley
- Federal Grantee Meetings (HRSA): Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Developing New Models to Improve HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care with young MSM of Color (Washington, DC)
- Annual Professional Meetings: American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in San Francisco, San Jose, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Visual Research Conference (Philadelphia), Served as Judge for the Payne Prize Award
- Presentations at UCSF: UCSF Health Disparities Research Symposium, UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UCSF Qualitative Working Group
- Making Tracks: Using GPS-Enabled Phones to Map Youth on the Move, Donovan, Sheon, O’Keeffe, Kramer, Brindis, in progress.
- The Right to Say Yes: A Comparative Analyis of Minor Rights of Consent to Health Care and Shelter, Donovan, Wingood, Scandlyn, O’Keeffe, Brindis, Mink, Eyre, in progress.
- Telling Me Different: An Ethnography of Homeless Youth, Duke University Press, under review.
- “Ethnography of a Transgender Scene in Oakland”, California Volume 5, Issue 2 of Ethnography (July 2004). Stephen L. Eyre, Rebecca de Guzman, Amy A. Donovan, Calvin Boissiere.
- Reflections on Ethical Issues Working with Street Youth May 2004 vol.37 no.1. The Newsletter of the Alcohol and Drug Study Group, Special Issue on Ethics.