Joy Zhang



Joy Zhang is a second-year MSW student at the Columbia School of Social Work. She graduated from Penn State University in 2019 with a B.A in Economics and a B.A in Media Studies. Prior to joining SIG, she was a development intern at the Adventure Project which aims to reduce extreme poverty in Africa. She also has experience as a social work intern for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in their Domestic Violence Unit. Her personal research interests include decriminalization of the sex work industry, mental health issues for Asian sex workers in New York City, and intervention implementation for transgender sex workers in Thailand.

At SIG, Ms. Zhang will work on qualitative interview coding for the HEALing Communities Study and quantitative data analysis on a new study led by Dr. Dawn Goddard-Eckrich, which aims to examine the availability of COVID-19 testing and the impact of COVID-19 on the availability of naloxone and buprenorphine comparing pharmacies in racially diverse communities.