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Jennifer Kue


About Us

The Refugee Health Across the Diaspora (RHAD) Research Lab is committed to conducting community-engaged research that utilizes innovative and rigorous approaches to understand and reduce health disparities in refugee and immigrant populations. Informed by a health equity framework and social determinants of health, we partner with communities and community agencies to build research capacity and promote health, locally and globally. Our research investigates specific health disparities and applies evidence-based interventions that prioritize the needs of refugee and immigrant populations.

Meet Our RHAD Team

Led by Jennifer Kue, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, we are an interdisciplinary team conducting research on cancer screening disparities, social determinants of health, and refugee and immigrant health issues. 

Join our Team:
If you would like to join the RHAD Research Lab, send a cover letter outlining your experience and research interests, as well as a CV/resume to Dr. Kue at Please note that undergraduate students are expected to volunteer 4-6 hours per week in the lab.

Jen Kue

Jennifer Kue, PhD -- Associate Professor


With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Kue is an expert in community health promotion, cancer control and prevention, health equity, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and health program planning and evaluation. Dr. Kue’s research is widely recognized for its application of community-engaged research principles to understanding and addressing cancer health disparities among medically underserved populations, including refugees and immigrants. Dr. Kue has published extensively on these issues and has mentored and trained students, researchers, and community members. Dr. Kue earned her PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University and her master’s degree in Anthropology from San Diego State University. 

Bárbara Piñeiro, PhD

Bárbara Piñeiro, PhD -- Postdoctoral Researcher


Bárbara Piñeiro is a behavioral scientist with a PhD in clinical psychology and psychobiology from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Over the last 10 years, she has gained research experience in smoking cessation, cancer prevention and control, health disparities, and community-based participatory research among underserved and low SES, racially/ethnically diverse populations (mainly Hispanics/Latinos) with her involvement and participation in NIH-R01 funded grants. Currently, her focus of research is on community health promotion and cancer disparities. Her primary research interest is to conduct meaningful research that ultimately results in reducing health inequalities/disparities among vulnerable populations with a strong emphasis on transdisciplinary implementation science.

Ha Nguyen

Ngan Ha Nguyen -- Research Assistant

Ngan Ha Nguyen is an undergraduate student at the Judy Genshaft Honors College of the University of South Florida. As an international student hailing from a developing Asian country, Ha's experiences in adapting to different cultural norms and societal systems aid a better understanding of the challenges that refugees face in adapting to new environments. In addition, Ha's involvement in participating in and organizing different events across her home country gives her exposure to different social classes and helps her build a network with various organizations in Vietnam. 

  • The Mo-Bull Community Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project

    Funding Agency: Sylvester, Moffitt, and UFHCC Community Implementation Grant
    Role: Principal Investigator

    This project aims to increase breast and cervical cancer screening in Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties through mobile mammography and Pap test screenings. In collaboration with the FBCCEDP Pasco County, SWFCCC HPV and Cervical Cancer Workgroup, and the University of South Florida College of Nursing Mo-Bull Nurse Medical Clinic, Dr. Kue and her team will provide mammograms and Pap testing in at least three community events in the target counties from February 2024 - January 2025.

    Intergenerational Refugee and Immigrant Women’s Cancer Screening Project

    Funding Agency: American Cancer Society, Research Scholar Grant (RSG – CPHPS 131811) Identifier: NCT0486771
    Role: Principal Investigator 

    The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of a culturally salient, tailored navigation intervention delivered by bilingual and bicultural Community Health Advisors (CHAs) to increase age-appropriate breast and cervical cancer screening completion among intergenerational Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant women (mother-daughter dyads) compared to an information and reminder only comparison group. We will examine the underlying factors that associate with the intervention that influence breast and cervical cancer screening completion. In addition, we will explore in greater detail the influence of intergenerational exchange of breast and cervical cancer screening information between mothers and daughters.


  • Racial Experiences of Asian Nurses’ Lives (REAL) Study

    Funding Agency: GKNF-USA Mi Ja Kim Research Grant
    Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Jun) 


    The Southeast Asian Women’s Health Project

    Funding Agency: NIH/NCI  
    Role: Principal Investigator


    Bhutanese Refugee Community Needs Assessment

    Funding Agency: OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science
    Role: Principal Investigator


    Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening among the Hmong: Social, Cultural & System Factors

    Funding Agency: NIH/NCI
    Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Thorburn)

  • 2024




  • *Selected list of publications. For a full list of publications, please see CV.


    Kue, J., Tate, J., Szalacha, L. A., & Menon, U. (2024). A randomized controlled trial of a tailored navigation intervention to promote breast and cervical cancer screening among intergenerational Southeast Asian women. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 37, 101248. doi: 


    Kue, J., Szalacha, L., Rechenberg, K., Nolan, T.S., & Menon, U. (2021). Communication among Southeast Asian mothers and daughters about cervical cancer prevention. Nursing Research, 20(5S Suppl 1), S73-S83. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000531 

    Kue, J., Szalacha, L.A., Happ, M.B., & Menon, U. (2020). Perceptions of cervical cancer and screening behavior among Cambodian and Lao women in the United States: An exploratory, mixed-methods study. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 31(2), 889-908. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2020.0067. 

    Kue, J., Szalacha, L.A., Happ, M.B., Crisp, A.L., & Menon, U. (2018). Culturally relevant human subjects protection training: A case study in community-engaged research in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 20(1), 107-114. doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0548-x


    MacDowell, H., Pyakurel, S., Acharya, J., Morrison-Beedy, D., & Kue, J. (2020). Perceptions toward mental illness and seeking psychological help among Bhutanese refugees resettled in the U.S. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 41(3), 243-250. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1646362  

    Kue, J., Hanegan, H., & Tan, A. (2017). Perceptions of cervical cancer screening, screening behavior, and post-migration living difficulties among Bhutanese-Nepali refugee women in the United States. Journal of Community Health, 42(6), 1079–1089. doi: 10.1007/s10900-017-0355-2 


    Kue, J., Zukoski, A., Keon, K.L., & Thorburn, S. (2014). Breast and cervical cancer screening: Exploring perceptions and barriers with Hmong women and men in Oregon. Ethnicity and Health, 19(3), 311-327. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2013.776013 

    Thorburn, S., Kue, J., Keon, K.L., & Zukoski, A. (2013). “We don’t talk about it” and other interpersonal influences on Hmong women’s breast and cervical cancer screening decisions. Health Education Research, 28(5), 760-771. doi: 10.1093/her/cys115  

    Thorburn, S., Kue, J., Keon, K.L., & Lo, P. (2012). Medical mistrust and discrimination in health care: A qualitative study of Hmong women and men. Journal of Community Health, 37(4), 822-829. doi: 10.1007/s10900-011-9516-x  


    Spurlock, E., Pickler, R., Ruiz, J., Ford, J., Gillespie, S., & Kue, J. (2023; e-pub before print). Associations among acculturation, acculturative stress, experience of discrimination and cesarean birth in Mexican American women. Hispanic Healthcare International. 

    Kue, J., Thorburn, S., & Szalacha, L.A. (2016). Perceptions of risk for hepatitis B infection among the Hmong. Hmong Studies Journal, 17, 1-24. doi:  

    Kue, J., & Thorburn, S. (2013). Hepatitis B knowledge, screening, and vaccination among Hmong Americans. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24(2), 566-578. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0081 


    Hanna, K., Arredondo, B.L., Chavez, M.N., Geiss, C., Hume, E., Szalacha, L., Christy, S.M., Vadaparampil, S., Menon, U., Islam, J., Hong, Y.R., Alishahi Tabriz, A., Kue, J., & Turner, K. (2022). Cancer screening among rural and urban clinics during COVID-19: A multistate qualitative study. JCO Oncology Practice, 18(6), e1045-e1055. doi: 10.1200/OP.21.00658.  

    Menon, U., Szalacha, L.A., Kue, J., Herman, P., Bucho-Gonzalez, J., & Larkey, L. (2020). Effects of a community-to-clinic navigation intervention on colorectal cancer screening among underserved people. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 54(5), 308-319. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaz049  

    Klemanski, D.L., Browning, K.K., & Kue, J. (2016). Survivorship care plan preferences of cancer survivors and health care providers: A systematic review and quality appraisal of the evidence. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10(1), 71-86. doi: 10.1007/s11764-015-0452-0 


    Kue, J., Thai, A., Tate, J., Galliers, B., Szalacha, L., Chanhmany, P., & Menon, U. (2023). Community-engaged research disruption: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research with communities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 17(4), 629-636. doi:

    Kue, J., Szalacha, L.A., Happ, M.B., Crisp, A.L., & Menon, U. (2018). Culturally relevant human subjects protection training: A case study in community-engaged research in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 20(1), 107-114. doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0548-x  

    Kue, J., Pyakurel, S., & Yotebieng, K. (2016). Building community-engaged research partnerships with Bhutanese-Nepali refugees: Lessons learned from a community health needs assessment project. Practicing Anthropology, 38(4), 37-40. doi: 10.17730/0888-4552.38.4.12 


    Nair, U.S., Kue, J., Athilingam, P., Rodríguez, C.S., & Menon, U. (2023). Application of the ConNECT Framework to achieve digital health equity. Nursing Outlook71(4), 101991. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2023.101991

    Ford, J.L., Williams, K.P., & Kue, J. (2021). Racism, stress, and health. Nursing Research, 20 (5S Suppl 1), S1-S2. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000534  

    Bower, J.K., Butler, B.N., Bose-Brill, S., Kue, J., & Wassel, C.L. (2019). Racial/ethnic differences in diabetes screening and hyperglycemia among US women after gestational diabetes. Preventing Chronic Disease, 16(E145), 1-10. doi: 10.5888/pcd16.190144 


    Kue, J., & Browning, K.K. (2022, August 30). Social and community context matter in cancer care. ONS Voice.  

    Bechtel, N., Jones, A., Kue, J., & Ford, J. (2022). Evaluation of the Core 5 social determinants of health screening and referral on emergency department use. Public Health Nursing, 39(2), 438-445. doi: 10.1111/phn.12983  

    DeMarco, M., Thorburn, S., & Kue, J. (2009). "In a country as affluent as America, people should be eating": Experiences with and perceptions of food insecurity among rural and urban Oregonians. Qualitative Health Research, 19(7), 1010-1024. doi: 10.1177/1049732309338868 


    Daniel, D., Wickerham, A., Fitzgerald, E.A., & Kue, J. (2023). Interventions to eliminate cervical cancer in Nicaragua: An integrative review of the literature. Hispanic Health Care International: The official journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses21(2), 104–113. doi:

    Kue, J., Bersani, A., Stevenson, K., Yimer, G., Wang, S., Gebreyes, W.,…Balada-Llasat, J.M. (2021). Standardizing clinical culture specimen collection in Ethiopia: A training-of-trainers. BMC Medical Education, 21(195), 1-8. doi:  

    Fitzgerald, E.A., Marzalik, P.R., & Kue, J. (2018). Assessing intercultural development pre- and post education abroad. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(12), 747-750. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20181119-08 




  • Jennifer Kue, PhD
    College of Nursing
    University of South Florida
    Phone: (813) 974-8427