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Senior Research Associate

esthers@brandeis.edu  •  Heller-Brown Building  • 271  •  781-736-3965

Expertise

Dr. Son's primary training and experience are in social work and disability policy. Specifically, She has expertise and a range of experiences regarding the conduct of (1) secondary data analyses of large-scale, complex surveys to understand the prevalence and early risk and protective factors for peer victimization among young children with disabilities; (2) secondary data analyses of large-scale, complex surveys to understand health care experiences among children and adults with disabilities; and (3) qualitative studies to understand the acculturation process and health and mental health issues among Asian children.

Scholarship

  • Parish, S.L., Mitra M., Son, E., Bonardi, A., & Swoboda, P. "Examining fertility rates and pregnancy outcomes of women with intellectual disability using population-based databases." American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) annual meeting. Orlando, FL. June 2014. (forthcoming)
  • Son, E., Parish, S.L., & Magaña, S. "Trends in health care disparities among Latino children with autism and other developmental disabilities." American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) annual meeting. Orlando, FL. June 2014. (forthcoming)
  • Son, E. "A qualitative study which asks Korean adults who arrived in the U.S as children to describe how they adjusted to U.S schools: “I’m still lonely”." Journal of International Social Issues 2. 1 (2014): 17-34.
  • Son, E., Parish, S.L., Peterson, N.A., & Igdalsky, L. Targeted bullying intervention strategies needed urgently for young children with disabilities in the United States. Waltham, MA Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University: 2014.
  • Son, E., Peterson, N.A., Pottick, K. J., Zippay, A., Parish, S.L., & Lohrmann, S. "Peer victimization among young children with disabilities: Early risk and protective factors." Exceptional Children 80. 3 (2014): 370-386.
  • Parish, S.L., Magaña, S., Swaine, J.G., & Son, E. "Studying racial and ethnic health care disparities among children with intellectual and developmental disabilities using the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs." Using secondary datasets to understand persons with developmental disabilities and their families. R. C. Urbano ed. vol. 45 Ed. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, 2013. 185-224.
  • Parish, S.L., Son, E., Swaine, J.G., & Luken, K. "Determinants of cervical cancer screening among a community-based sample of women with intellectual disabilities." American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. Boston, MA. November 2013.
  • Parish, S.L., Son, E., Swaine, J.G., Luken, K. & Dickens, P. "Cervical and breast cancer screening health promotion intervention for women with intellectual disabilities." American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. Boston, MA. November 2013.
  • Parish, S.L., Swaine, J.G., Son, E., & Luken, K. "Cervical and breast cancer screening of women with intellectual disabilities: Evidence of inadequate receipt and marked racial disparities from medical records." Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Disability: A National Conference. Washington, DC.. April 2013.
  • Parish, S.L., Swaine, J.G., Son, E., & Luken, K. "Determinants of cervical cancer screening among women with intellectual disabilities: Evidence from medical records." Public Health Reports 128. 6 (2013): 519-526.
  • Son, E., Parish, S.L., Swaine, J.G., & Luken, K. "Accuracy of self-reported cervical and breast cancer screening by women with intellectual disabilities." American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 118. 4 (2013): 327-336.
  • Swaine, J.G., Parish, S.L., Luken, K., Son, E., & Dickens, P. "Test of an intervention to improve knowledge of women with intellectual disabilities about cervical and breast cancer screening." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (2013).
  • Zippay, A., & Son, E. "Community approaches to the siting of psychiatric housing." Journal of Community Practice 21. 1-2 (2013): 87-104.
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Profile

Esther Son, PhD, is a senior research associate at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy. Her primary research interest is the enhancement of the health and well-being of children and adults with disabilities and their families. In particular, she is interested in the school adjustment and social inclusion of children with developmental disabilities, including autism, and their health and mental health status and health disparities. In addition, she is interested in children’s, families’, and teachers’ attitudes toward children with disabilities and their caregiving families. She received her PhD in 2011 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and she was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Dissertation. She has been a researcher at Institute for Families, School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a social worker at Seoul Community Rehabilitation Center and Siloam Center for the Visually Handicapped in South Korea.

 

Degrees

Rutgers State University New Brunswick
Ph.D.

Yonsei University
M.A.

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