Phoenix's refugee communities are incredibly diverse and are growing more and more as time goes on. That's why it's crucial for us to stay on top of the latest research that will help us better serve those communities.

Research Partners/Collaborators

  • Valleywise Health Department of Research
  • Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC)
  • Arizona State University

Valleywise Health Department of Research

  • ASU School of Social Work, School of Social Transformation
  • ASU College of Nursing, School of Human Evolution &Social Change
  • ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC)
  • University of California, LA-RWJF Clinical Scholars Program


Johnson-Agbakwu CE, Helm T, Killawi A, Padela A. Perceptions of Obstetrical Interventions and Female Genital Cutting: Insights of Men in a Somali Refugee Community. Ethnicity & Health

Lazar JN, Johnson-Agbakwu CE, Davis OI, Shipp MP-L. Challenges in Obstetrical Care of Somali Women: A Qualitative Study of Provider Perspectives. Obstetrics and Gynecology International

Abuldcadir J, Ahmadu FA, Catania L, Essen B, Gruenbaum E, Johnsdotter S, Johnson MC, Johnson-Agbakwu C, Kratz C, Sulkin CL, McKinley M, Njambi W, Shell-Duncan B, Shweder RA. Seven Things to Know about Female Genital Surgeries in Africa. Hastings Center Report, 2012; 6:19-27.

Ibe C, Johnson-Agbakwu CE. Female Genital Cutting: Addressing the Issues of Culture and Ethics. The Female Patient 2011, 36(8): 28-31.

Johnson CE, Ali SA, Shipp MP-L. Building Community-based Participatory Research Partnerships with a Somali Refugee Community. Amer J Prev Med 2009; 37(6S1): S230-S236.

Johnson CE, Mues KE, Mayne SL, Kiblawi AN. Cervical Cancer Screening Among Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities: A Systematic Review Using the Health Belief Model. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease 2008; 12(3): 232-241.

Johnson C, Nour NM. Surgical Techniques: Defibulation of Type III Female Genital Cutting. J Sexual Medicine 2007; 4: 1544-1547.

Aduragbemi Banke Thomas, Sarah Gieszl, Jeanne Nizigiyimana and Crista Johnson-Agbakwu. Experiences of Refugee Women in Accessing and Utilizing a Refugee-Focused Prenatal Clinic in the United States: A Mixed Methods Study. Global Women’s Health

Walker J.R, NizigiyimanaJ, Banke-Thomas O, Niragira E, Nijimbere Y, Johnson-Agbakwu C. Burundian Female Survivors of War (SOW): Views of Health Before, During and Post Conflict. Research in the Sociology of Health Care, 2018. Volume 36, 235-258

Johnson-Agbakwu CEAllen J, Nizigiyimana JF, Ramirez G, Hollifield M. Mental Health Screening Among Newly-Arrived Refugees Seeking Routine Obstetric and Gynecologic Care. Psychological Services, 2014; 11(4): 470-476;

Crista E. Johnson-Agbakwu, Priscilla Flynn, Gladys B. Asiedu, Eric Hedberg, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf. Adaptation of an Acculturation Scale for African Refugee Women. J Immigrant Minority Health. DOI 10.1007/s10903-014-9998-6

Jessica L. Lane, Crista E. Johnson‑Agbakwu, Nicole Warren, Chakra Budhathoki, Eugene C. Cole. Female Genital Cutting: Clinical knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices from a Provider survey in the US. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Ethnic mother and daughter talk to a doctor about the girl's checkup.