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May Sudhinaraset

Associate Professor


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Community Health SciencesFull Time
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Areas of Interest: 

Global sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, family planning, and abortion; social determinants of health; global migration; health services, health equity; social contexts of adolescents and migrant youth; social policies and immigrant youth in the US; Asian and Pacific Islanders; Myanmar, Kenya, India, Asia

Dr. May Sudhinaraset, PhD is an Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at UCLA. She is trained as a social epidemiologist from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on understanding the social determinants of migrant, adolescent, and women’s health both globally and in the US. Her work centers around three complementary streams of work: (1) social and cultural contexts of vulnerable adolescents and women; (2) global women’s health and quality of service delivery; and (3) social policies and immigration in the US. Her global work includes women’s experiences during childbirth, family planning, and abortion services, development of quality improvement interventions in Kenya and India, and large-scale maternal and child health evaluations in Myanmar. She currently is Principal Investigator of the BRAVE Study (Bridging communities Raising API Voices for health Equity), the first study to assess the health status and health care utilization of undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander young adults. Using community participatory approaches, this study explores the impact of social policies, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, on the social and health outcomes of undocumented young adults. She has collaborated with institutions and researchers in Myanmar, Kenya, India, Thailand and China.

This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
DrPH Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member

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Selected Publications: 

Manalo-Pedro E, Sudhinaraset M. Deferred Depression? Mediational analysis of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and immigration enforcement among Undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander Students. 2022. Social Science and Medicine: Population Health, 17.

Choi HY, Sudhinaraset M (2021). Acceptability of COVID-19 contact tracing and public health guidelines for undocumented immigrants in the US. JAMA Network Open, 4(12).

Sudhinaraset M, Landrian A, Choi HY, Ling I (2021). Redefining communities: The association between deferred action, online and offline social capital and depressive symptoms among undocumented young adults. Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 24.

Nakphong M, Sacks E, Opot J, Sudhinaraset M (2021). Separating Newborns from Mothers and Maternal Consent for Newborn Care and the Association with Health Care Satisfaction, Use and Breastfeeding: Findings from a longitudinal survey in Kenya. BMJ Open, 11(9).

Ro, Annie, Michelle Kao Nakphong, Hye Young Choi, Alex Nguyen, and May Sudhinaraset. “The Association between Social Ties and Depression among Asian and Pacific Islander Undocumented Young Adults.” BMC Public Health 21, no. 1 (May 27, 2021): 994.

Afulani P, Altman MR, Castillo E, Bernal N, Jones L, Camara T, Carrasco Z, Williams S, Sudhinaraset M, Kuppermann M (2021). Development of the Person-Centered Prenatal Care scale for People of Color. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 225(4).

Sudhinaraset M, Woofter R, Young MDT, Landrian A, Vilda D, Wallace SP (2021). Analysis of State-Level Immigrant Policies and Preterm Births by Race/Ethnicity Among Women Born in the US and Women Born Outside the US. JAMA Network Open, 4(4), e214482.

Sudhinaraset M, Landrian A, Golub G, Cotter S, Afulani P (2021). Person-centered maternity care and postnatal health: associations with maternal and newborn health outcomes. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Global Reports, 1(1).

Cotter S, Sudhinaraset M, Phillips B, Seefeld A, Mugwanga Z, Golub G, Ikiugu E (2021). Person-centred care for abortion services in private facilities to improve women’s experiences in Kenya. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 23(2), 224-239.

Sudhinaraset M, Giessler K, Nakphong M, Roy K, Sahu A, Sharma K, Montagu D, Green C (2021). Can changes to improve person-centred maternity care be spread across public health facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India? Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 29(1), 1-15.

Montagu D, Giessler K, Nakphong M, Green C, Roy K, Sahu A, Sharma K, Sudhinaraset M (2020). Results of a person-centered maternal health quality improvement intervention in Uttar Pradesh, India. PLOS ONE, 15(12), e0242909.

Sudhinaraset M, Ling I, Gao L, Chavarin J, Gee G (2020). The association between Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, health access, and mental health: the role of discrimination, medical mistrust, and stigma. Ethnicity & Health, 1-13.

Sudhinaraset M, Vilda D, Gipson J, Bornstein M, Wallace M (2020). Women’s Reproductive Rights Policies and Adverse Birth Outcomes: A State-level Analysis to Assess the Role of Race and Nativity Status. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59(6), 787-795.

Sudhinaraset M, Landrian A, Afulani P, Phillips B, Diamond-Smith N, Cotter S. (2020) Development and validation of a person-centered abortion care scale: the experiences of care in private facilities in Kenya. BMC Women’s Health, 20(1), 1-11.

Montagu D, Giessler K, Nakphong M, Green C, Roy K, Sahu A, Sharma K, Sudhinaraset M (2020). A comparison of intensive vs. light-touch quality improvement interventions for maternal health in Uttar Pradesh, India. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 1-12.

Landrian A, Phillips B, Singhal S, Mishra S, Kajal K, Sudhinaraset M (2020). Do You Need to Pay for Quality Care? Associations Between Bribes and Out-of-Pocket Expenditures on Quality of Care During Childbirth in India. Health Policy and Planning, 35(5), 600-608.

Golub G, Sudhinaraset M, Giessler K, Dunlop-Korsness K, Stone, A (2020). The Extended Role of Health Facility Cleaners in Maternity Care in Kenya. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 46, 1-7.

Sudhinaraset M, Landrian A, Montagu D, Mugwanga Z (2019). Is there a difference in women’s experiences of care with medication vs. manual vacuum aspiration abortions? Determinants of person-centered care for abortion services. PLOS ONE, 14(11), e0225333.

Sudhinaraset M, Cabanting N, Ramos M (2019). The health profile of newly-arrived refugee women and girls and the role of region of origin: using a population-based dataset in California between 2013-2017. International Journal of Equity in Health, 18(1), 1-11.

Sudhinaraset M, Landrian A, Afulani P, Diamond-Smith N, and Golub G. (2020). Association between person‐centered maternity care and newborn complications in Kenya. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 148(1), 27-34.

Montagu D, Landrian A, Kumar V, Phillips B, Singhal S, Shambhavi S, Cotter S, Sudhinaraset M (2019). Patient-experience during delivery in public hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, India. Health Policy and Planning. Pii: czz067.

Phillips, B. S., Singhal, S., Mishra, S., Kajal, F., Cotter, S. Y., & Sudhinaraset, M (2019). Evaluating concordance between government administrative data and externally collected data among high-volume government health facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India. Global health action12(1), 1619155. doi:10.1080/16549716.2019.1619155

Sudhinaraset M, Giessler K, Golub G, Afulani P (2019). Providers and women’s perspectives on person-centered maternity care: A mixed methods study in Kenya. International Journal of Equity in Health, 18(83).

Afulani P, Freeser K, Sudhinaraset M, Aborigo R, Montagu D, Chakraborty N. (2019) Toward the development of a short multi-country person-centered maternity care scale. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 1-8.

Sudhinaraset M, Afulani P, Diamond-Smith N, Golub G, Srivastava A. (2018) Development of a Person-Centered Family Planning Scale in India and Kenya. Studies in Family Planning. 49(3).

Afulani P, Diamond-Smith N, Phillips B, Sinhal S, Sudhinaraset M. (2018) Validation of the person-centered maternity care scale in India. Reproductive Health. 15:147.

Sudhinaraset M, Afulani P, Diamond-Smith N, Bhattacharya S, Donnay F, Montagu D. (2017) Advancing a conceptual model to improve maternal health quality: The Person-Centered Care Framework for Reproductive Health Equity. Gates Open Research. 1:1.

Diamond-Smith N, Warnock R, Sudhinaraset M. (2018) Approaches to and Outcomes of Interventions to Improve Person-Centered Care in Family Planning Services: A Systematic Review. Reproductive Health. 15-144.

Torres, J., Ro, A. and Sudhinaraset, M. (2019), "Reconsidering the Relationship between Age at Migration and Health Behaviors among US Immigrants: The Modifying Role of Continued Cross-border Ties", Immigration and Health(Advances in Medical Sociology, Vol. 19), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 17-45.

Aung T, Diamond-Smith N, Thet M, Sudhinaraset M. (2018)  Impact of a social franchise intervention program on the adoption of contraceptive methods in hard-to-reach communities in Myanmar. Journal of Public Health.

Thet M, Aung T, Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M. (2018). The influence of community-level breastfeeding promotion intervention program on breastfeeding practices. Public Health Nutrition.

Mooney AC, Giannella E, Glymour M, Neilands TB, Morris MD, Tulsky J, Sudhinaraset M. (2018). How Does Reducing Criminal Penalties for Drug Possession in California Affect Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests? American Journal of Public Health. 108(8): 987-993.

Afulani P, Altman M, Musana J, Sudhinaraset M. (2017).  Conceptualizing pathways linking women’s empowerment and prematurity in developing countries. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 17(Suppl 2):338

Handley M, Sudhinaraset M. (2017)  The Important Role of Binational Studies for Migration and Health Research: A Review of US-Mexico Binational Studies and Design Considerations for Addressing Critical Issues in Migrant Health. International Migration. 2017; 55(5): 75-121.

Afulani P, Diamond-Smith N, Golub G, Sudhinaraset M. (2017) Development of a tool to measure person-centered maternity care in developing settings: Validation in a rural and urban Kenyan population. Reproductive Health. 14: 118.

Diamond-Smith N, Treleaven E, Murthy N, Sudhinaraset M. (2017). Women's empowerment and experiences of mistreatment during childbirth in facilities in Lucknow, India: Results from a cross-sectional study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.17(Suppl 2):335

Sudhinaraset M, Ling I, To T, Melo J, Quach T. (2017)  Dreams Deferred: Contextualizing the Health Needs of Undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander Youth in Northern California. Social Science and Medicine. 184:144-152.

Sudhinaraset M, To T, Ling I, Melo J, Chavarin J. (2017) The Influence of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Undocumented Asians and Pacific Islander Youth: Through a Social Determinants of Health Lens. Journal of Adolescent Health.60: 741-746.

Montagu D, Sudhinaraset M, Diamond-Smith N, Campbell O, Gabrysch S, Freedman L, Kruk M, Donnay F. (2017) Where Women Go to Deliver: Understanding the Changing Landscape of Delivery in Africa and Asia. Health Policy and Planning. pg. 1-7.

Sudhinaraset M, Treleaven E, Melo J, Singh K, Diamond-Smith N. Women’s Status and Experiences of Mistreatment during Childbirth in Uttar Pradesh: A Mixed Methods Study Using Cultural Health Capital Theory. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016; 16(1): 332.

Afulani P., Torres J., Sudhinaraset M., Asunka J. Transnational ties and the health of sub-Saharan African migrants: The moderating role of gender and family separation. Social Science and Medicine. 2016: 168: 63-71.

Diamond-Smith N, Treleaven E, Murthy N, Sudhinaraset M. Women's empowerment and experiences of mistreatment during childbirth in facilities in Lucknow, India: Results from a cross-sectional study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (November 2016).

Sudhinaraset M, Beyeler N, Barge S, Diamond-Smith N. Decision-Making for Delivery Location and Quality of Care among Slum-Dweller: A Qualitative Study in Uttar Pradesh, India. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016; 16:148.

Sudhinaraset, M, Melo, J, Diamond-Smith, N. Cross-Border Ties and the Reproductive Health of India’s Internal Migrant Women. SSM: Population Health. 2016; 2: 341-349.

Thet MM, Richards L, Sudhinaraset M, Thi Paw NE, Diamond-Smith N. High rates of inadequate feeding practices, especially among children 12-24 months, in Myanmar. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016; 20(8): 1688-95.

Sudhinaraset, M, Diamond-Smith, N, Thet, M, Aung, T. Influence of Internal Migration on Reproductive Health in Myanmar: Results from a Recent Cross-Sectional Survey. BMC Public Health. 2016: 16(1): 246. PMID:26961883.

Thet MM, Khaing EE, Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M, Oo S, Aung T. Barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in the Ayeyarwaddy Region in Myanmar: Qualitative findings from mothers, grandmothers, and husbands. Appetite. 2016 Jan 1; 96:62-9. PMID: 26344810

Sudhinaraset, M, Wigglesworth, C, Takeuchi, D. Social and Cultural Contexts of Alcohol Use: Neighborhood, Immigration, and Societal Influences. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews. 2015.

Diamond-Smith N, Sudhinaraset M. Drivers of facility deliveries in Africa and Asia: regional analyses using the demographic and health surveys. Reprod Health. 2015; 12(1):6. PMID: 25595063.

Sudhinaraset M, Briegleb C, Aung M, Khin HS, Aung T. Motivation and challenges for use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests among informal providers in Myanmar: a qualitative study. Malar J. 2015; 14(1):61. PMID: 25889046.

Blanchard K, Lince-Deroche N, Fetters T, Devjee J, de Menezes ID, Trueman K, Sudhinaraset M, Nkonko E, Moodley J. Introducing medication abortion into public sector facilities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: an operations research study. Contraception. 2015 Oct; 92(4):330-8. PMID: 26162575

Sudhinaraset M, Ingram M, Lofthouse HK, Montagu D. What is the role of informal healthcare providers in developing countries? A systematic review. PLoS One. 2013; 8(2):e54978. PMID: 23405101.

Sudhinaraset M, Raymond HF, McFarland W. Convergence of HIV prevalence and inter-racial sexual mixing among men who have sex with men, San Francisco, 2004-2011. AIDS Behav. 2013 May; 17(4):1550-6. PMID: 23229337

Sudhinaraset M, Astone N, Blum RW. Migration and unprotected sex in Shanghai, China: correlates of condom use and contraceptive consistency across migrant and nonmigrant youth. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Mar; 50(3 Suppl):S68-74. PMID: 22340859.

Sudhinaraset M, Mmari K, Go V, Blum RW. Sexual attitudes, behaviours and acculturation among young migrants in Shanghai. Cult Health Sex. 2012 Oct; 14(9):1081-94. PMID: 22943505 

Blum R, Sudhinaraset M, Emerson MR. Youth at risk: suicidal thoughts and attempts in Vietnam, China, and Taiwan. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Mar; 50(3 Suppl):S37-44. PMID: 22340854

Mmari, K.N, Sudhinaraset, M. Blum, R. Exploring the role of social connectedness among military youth: Perceptions from youth, parents, and school personnel. Child and Youth Care Forum. 2010; 351-366.

Sudhinaraset M, Blum RW. The unique developmental considerations of youth-related work injuries. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2010 Apr-Jun; 16(2):216-22. PMID: 20465066

Bradshaw, C., Sudhinaraset, M., Mmari, K., Blum, R.W. . School Transitions among Military Adolescents: A Qualitative Study of Stress Appraisal and Coping. School Psychology Review. 2010; 1(39):84-105.

Johnson, S., Sudhinaraset., M., Blum, R.W. . Neuromaturation and Adolescent Risk Taking: Why Development is not Determinism. Journal of Adolescent Research. 2010; 1(25):4-23.

Mmari, K., Roche, K., Sudhinaraset, M., and Blum, R. . When a Parent Goes Off to War: Exploring the Issues Faced by Adolescents and their Families. Journal of Youth and Society. 2009; 4(40):455-475.

Sudhinaraset M. Reducing unsafe abortion in Nigeria. Issues Brief (Alan Guttmacher Inst). 2008; (3):1-3. PMID: 19537327