Sandra Soto, MPH, BSN

SandraSoto_MPH_BSNI am currently a third year student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, specializing in Health Behavior. I originally obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fl and worked as a nurse in the trauma ICU and in primary care. After three years of nursing, I decided to pursue a career in public health. To do this, I moved to Washington, DC and obtained my Master in Public Health from the George Washington University (GWU) in 2009. After graduating from the program, I worked in HIV prevention among high-risk populations at GWU where I conducted qualitative research. Prior to entering the doctoral program, I was a Research Associate at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development where I worked on federally-funded research studies focusing on children with special healthcare needs and children with mental health concerns.

Now, at IBACH, I am working under the guidance of Dr. Arredondo. I am pursuing my research interests in obesity-prevention from a family perspective among minority populations. My long-term career goals are to become a leading public health researcher in the field of family-related obesity prevention and to conduct my research from an academic setting. Currently, I am working on Dr. Arredondo’s randomized-controlled trial, Fe en Accion where I am assessing the social networks of church-going Latinas and the effects of Motivational Interviewing on their physical activity. I am looking forward to taking advantage of the multitude of opportunities and knowledgeable investigators available to me at IBACH throughout my training.

Email: sandra.soto@mail.sdsu.edu

Current Research Project(s)
Promoting Physical Activity in Churchgoing Latinas (Fe en Acción/Faith in Action)