Transitioning to Durham, North Carolina, Jason began his theological training at Duke University Divinity School. Still considering health care as a profession, Jason enrolled in several pastoral theology and care courses, specifically questioning the intersection of theology, illness, and health. Juggling immunology lab research and coursework, Jason realized where he would eventually land in academia.
Obtaining his MDiv and ThM from Duke University, Jason took one year to work as an Academic Counselor at North Carolina Central University before he began his doctoral program at UMBC. He is now in the Social Determinants of Health Inequities Lab as a graduate assistant, working on several projects that uncover the interrelatedness of racism, discrimination, and cardiovascular disease among African Americans. His specific research questions will point to the sociohistorical context of faith in the African American community and its impact on understanding health disparities through a collectivist lens and also through individual health behaviors, decisions, and relationships between doctors and patients in clinical settings.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys playing tennis with friends, spending time with his family, and practicing artwork with the following mediums: charcoal, soft pastel, watercolor and ink, acrylic paint, and oil paint. His artwork serves as a self-care practice and fundamentally hopes to highlight the importance of positive coping strategies.
A scholar and educator, Jason Ashe is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Department of Psychology. A native of Long Island, New York, Jason is a research-practitioner in the fields of Behavioral Medicine and Community Psychology. His research interests include eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities and bridging the literature between theology, social psychology, and medicine.
Graduating in the top ten students of his high school class, Jason gained admission to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. While majoring in Chemistry, Jason engaged in extracurricular activities, most notably performing in the premier all-male acapella group, the MIT Logarhythms. Even though Jason had originally thought of going to medical school for Obstetrics and Gynecology, his basic science undergraduate training felt incomplete, as he began to contemplate the importance of spirituality and personhood in the practice of medicine. After several internships and emotional conversations, Jason decided that he would attend seminary after college.