With almost ten year’s employment in the Institute for Health Research (IHR) at Kaiser Permanente, I joined the PiER Center as a Research Specialist in August 2015. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Spanish for the Business Professions. I began my work in research recruiting Spanish speakers for a Latina lifestyle modification project called !Viva Bien! serving both as a group leader and head exercise instructor. Since then, I have actively participated as a member of diverse and distinct research teams involving efforts to: increase developmental screening rates and referral outcomes for children birth to three years old; assess patient satisfaction post- "video visit" to improve Kaiser Permanente's care delivery system as part of the proof-of-concept Telemedicine study; evaluate the sustainability of an evidence-based women's health education website as a clinically offered resource to breast cancer patients; and to measure the effectiveness of an interactive, social media website for parents who are concerned about vaccines. Currently, I am also working on my applied doctorate (PsyD) in school psychology that specifically focuses on the assessment of cognitive, social-emotional, and developmental functioning of children birth through 20 years old in order to optimize individual learning outcomes and maximize potential.
Evaluation & Research Experience:
My tenure with the IHR affords me experience in research activities and implementation evaluation, supported by a theory-based foundation. Throughout the years, I have built a comprehensive and proficient skill set that lends to all phases of research and evaluation activities. Competencies include patient/participant recruitment; coordinating and aligning timelines; scheduling and facilitating meetings; developing and maintaining data collection protocols and tracking tools; and quantitative and qualitative data collection, management, analysis, and reporting.
How I Thrive:
I juggle multiple hats; my favorite of all is my Mom-one. I have two toddler girls at home who never cease to reveal life’s most indulging offerings: their embrace is fresher than a cool morning’s jog and their presence keeps me more efficiently present than a yoga mat ever could – though both these activities are my favorite ways to decompress… and they require far less energy than chasing my rug rats around.