Felner is a community health scientist with expertise in qualitative and community-based participatory research methods and postdoctoral training in social epidemiology. In her research, Felner leverages mixed methods, critical epistemologies, and community engagement to examine and intervene on the upstream determinants of health inequities among youth, particularly LGBTQ+ youth and transitional-aged youth experiencing homelessness. Her primary research aim is to advance health equity for youth and build community power to develop sustainable community health improvements.
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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.
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.
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.