I am a third year student in the Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Public Health (Global Health). I was born in El Salvador and moved to the US during the civil war in my country (late ‘80s). I grew up in northern VA, where my family still resides. My undergraduate training took place at Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA) and I received my MPH from Emory University (Atlanta, GA). Following graduate school, I completed a Fellowship at the Office of Global Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), specifically coordinating a global research capacity building initiative in chronic disease prevention. The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to work with researchers, advanced students, and government leaders from the US and other countries as well as travel to some of our project sites (including countries in Latin America and India). The experience played a major role in enhancing my interest in research as a future career. Currently, I work with Dr. Elva Arredondo on the Fe en Acción [Faith in Action] study, which is a randomized-controlled trial for physical activity promotion in church-attending Latina women in San Diego County. I am also a recipient of a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Diversity Supplement, which supports my research focus on the link between the built environment and physical activity in Latinos.
My long-term goals are to become a leading researcher and practitioner in the field of chronic disease prevention and health promotion in the context of populations in low-and-middle income countries as well as underserved communities in the U.S. I would like to pursue research focused on evidence-based interventions targeting behavior change as well as teach public health topics in an academic setting.
As for my personal interests, I love to travel, stay active (including long distance running), cook and eat international foods, and spend time with family and friends.
Current Research Project(s):
Promoting Physical Activity in Churchgoing Latinas (Fe en Acción/Faith in Action)