Diversity and Disparities Lab | Our Team
Oanh Meyer, Ph.D., M.A.S. – Principal Investigator
Dr. Meyer is Assistant Professor of Neurology. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UC Davis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship there and at UCSF. Dr. Meyer’s research interests focus on social determinants of health as they affect underrepresented populations, in particular racial/ethnic minorities and older adults. She is currently examining neighborhood effects on health and she plans to continue this unique aspect of research.
Dr. Meyer also is working with her community partners to develop an intervention to help Vietnamese dementia caregivers and their family members. Having been trained as a social psychologist and collaborating with scholars from multiple disciplines (e.g., clinical and community psychology, neuropsychology, epidemiology, sociology, medicine, psychiatry), her research emphasizes the importance of utilizing innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to studying cognitive and mental health. When she is not in front of a computer, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and friends.
Current Research Assistants
Thuy was born in Vietnam and is currently working at Asian Resources Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to empowering disenfranchised communities by assisting them in becoming proactive citizens and achieving self-sufficiency. Her own experience is that many Vietnamese believe memory loss is an age-related symptom, not a disease. She wishes to increase the awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia for the Vietnamese community, so that all family members are provided with resources on how to take care of their loved ones.
Janis Ho is currently a fourth-year student at UC Davis studying Psychology. She hopes to continue her studies in psychology after she graduates and conduct research in health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases. She believes that her involvement with the Vietnamese Caregiving Study will help her gain a better understanding of the effects of caregiving within the Vietnamese population and how to promote better health. In her spare time, you can catch her watching The Walking Dead or The Flash.
Pim Limtiaco was born in Thailand and raised on the island of Guam. She is currently attending Sacramento City College, acquiring her prerequisites to study biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as a minor in psychology at UC Davis. She is Asian-Pacific Islander and is interested in studying the causes and development of Alzheimer’s disease. She enjoys listening to music, playing soccer, and surfing the web in her free time.
Sherry is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis, studying Human Development and minoring in Sociology. Besides English, she is fluent in Vietnamese and Japanese. Using her Vietnamese fluency, she interned and worked as a translator and an undergraduate director of the OB/GYN committee for a student run clinic that serves the Vietnamese community. She is also currently working at the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center. Due to her passion for serving minority communities combined with clinical experiences of working with elders, she believes that her involvement with the Vietnamese Caregiving Program not only gives her the opportunity to give back to society by serving the Vietnamese community, but also advances her knowledge about dementia as well as raises awareness and challenges the stigma that surrounds dementia in the Vietnamese community.
Fiona recently graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. degree in Psychology, and she is preparing to apply to Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs with a focus on adapted mental health treatments for Asian Americans. Being involved in the Vietnamese Caregiving Program, she is gaining a richer understanding of how culturally sensitive care can help and influence ethnic minority populations.
Bao was born in Vietnam and is currently a fifth-year student at UC Davis studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Music. She is interested in learning more about the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, and the effect that it has on the patient as well as the caregiver. Since this is not a well-known disease in the Vietnamese community, she hopes that she can use her Vietnamese knowledge to bring more awareness to the community and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Former Research Assistants