- New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Rutgers University Newark
Lois E. Rockson (Forrest)
Date passed dissertation defense
Lois Rockson is a student in the Urban Health track of the Joint Urban Systems PhD program. She is currently a faculty member in the Cytotechnology program of the Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions (SHRP). Ms. Rockson’s research interests are in cancer health disparities, particularly those related to cancer screening among minority and immigrant groups. Her dissertation will examine cancer screening among Garifuna women who have settled in the urbanized spaces of the Bronx in New York City. It will focus on the structural forces that inform adherence to screening guidelines within that group. Recently, Ms. Rockson published “Perceptions and Recency of Overall Screenings” in the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. This article examines the recency of screenings and perceptions of overall health among 148 people served by the public mental health system who were attending peer-run, self-help centers in New Jersey. The results underscore existing health risks and the need to assess, educate, and empower people served by public mental health systems. In particular, it emphasizes the importance of encouraging them to regularly access screenings and self-monitor health measures, including weight and blood pressure. This publication was the culmination of Ms. Rockson's collaboration with the faculty of SHRP’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions Department.