2014 Latina Researchers Conference
New York City
Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.,
Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School and Professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Margarita Alegría, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, and a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alegría is currently the Principal (PI) or co-Principal Investigator of two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies: International Latino Research Partnership; and Effects of Social Context, Culture and Minority Status on Depression and Anxiety. She is a PI of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project: Effectiveness of DECIDE in Patient-Provider Communication, Therapeutic Alliance & Care Continuation. Dr. Alegría has published extensively in the behavioral science field with over 200 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, and several book chapters, on topics such as improvement of health care services delivery for diverse racial and ethnic populations, conceptual and methodological issues with multicultural populations, and ways to bring the community’s perspective into the design and implementation of health services.
As an acknowledgement of her contributions and dedication to her field, Dr. Alegría has been widely recognized and cited. Among the many awards: the Mental Health Section Award of American Public Health Association, 2003; the Health Disparities Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2008; the Carl Taube Award from APHA, 2008; the Simon Bolivar Award from the American Psychiatric Association, 2009; Harold Amos Award from the Harvard Medical School, 2011, and the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, 2011. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine, and in 2013, Dr. Alegría was selected as El Planeta’s (Massachusetts’s largest circulating Spanish-language newspaper) Powemeter 100 most influential people for the Hispanic community in Massachusetts.
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Brandeis University
Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia is Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. From 1998 to 2011, she was a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health (1998-2009) and Northeastern University (2009-2011). She is Project Director for diversitydata.org, an indicator project on racial/ethnic equity in U.S. metropolitan areas, and for diversitydatakids.org (launch expected Fall 2013), a comprehensive database of indicators on child wellbeing and opportunity by race/ethnicity across multiple sectors (e.g., education, health, neighborhoods) and geographies. Diversitydatakids.org will also incorporate systematic reviews, indicators and case studies on policies that may help improve the lives of vulnerable children and promote child equity. Both diversitydata.org and diversitydatakids.org are supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Housing and Families with Children. Her professional activities include invited presentations at the HUD/MacArthur Foundation “How Housing Matters” Conference (2011, 2012), and at the White House conference on the Future of Rental Housing Policy (2010). She served on two national expert panels convened by the Centers for Disease Control (Housing and Health, and Social Determinants of Health), and on the expert panel for the award-winning PBS documentary series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick?” She serves on the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, and the National Coalition on School Diversity. She has served on the board of directors for the Fair Housing Center for Greater Boston, and the Committee on the Analysis on Impediments to Fair Housing (Boston Office for Civil Rights). Her research focuses on the social determinants (e.g. residential segregation, immigrant adaptation) of racial/ethnic health disparities; the role of social policies (e.g. housing policies, immigrant policies) in reducing those disparities; and the health and well-being of children with special needs. She received her B.A. in public administration from El Colegio de Mexico (Mexico City), and her MPA-URP and Ph.D. in Public Policy with a concentration in Demography from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Community Research Initiatives and Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine at University of Southern California.
Dr. Hortensia Amaro is Associate Vice Provost for Community Research Initiatives and Dean’s Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Amaro has dramatically advanced the understanding of substance abuse disorder treatment, HIV prevention and other urgent public health challenges through a distinguished career that has spanned scholarly research, translation of science to practice, top-level policy consultation and service on five Institute of Medicine committees. She has authored more than 130 scholarly publications, many widely-cited, and she has made landmark contributions to improving behavioral health care in community-based organizations by launching addiction treatment programs that have helped thousands of families and informing practice in agencies around the world. Her current research at USC focuses on university-community partnerships and place-based interventions to eliminate health disparities in highly impoverished Latino communities.
Before joining USC in 2012, Amaro was with Northeastern University for 10 years, serving as associate dean, as well as distinguished professor of health sciences and counseling psychology, of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and as director of the university’s Institute on Urban Health Research. For 18 years prior to that, she was professor in the Boston University School of Public Health and in the Department of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Appointed by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino she helped to found the Boston Public Health Commission and served on its board for 14 years. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1982.
In recognition of the impact of her scholarship, she was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Division of General Psychology of the American Psychological Association and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees in humane letters by Simmons College in 1994 and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 2012. She has also served as a distinguished visiting professor in women’s health at Ben Gurion University in Israel.
Dr. Amaro currently serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Public Health and the American Psychologist. In the past she served as Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D.
President and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus.
Dr. Patricia Arredondo is President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Chicago Campus and Interim Vice President for TCSPP Academic Affairs and chief Academic Officer. She joined the school in mid-February after successfully serving in senior administrative roles with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at Arizona State University. She created and led an organizational consulting company, Empowerment Workshops, Inc. in Boston for fourteen years.
Patricia has an extensive scholarship record with a focus on multicultural counseling competency models, multicultural guidelines in psychology, immigrants and life changing processes; Latina/o issues in counseling; social justice advocacy, organizational diversity assessment, and women’s leadership development. She has authored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and training videos and is regularly invited for keynote addresses nationally and internationally. Her recently released co-authored text is Culturally Responsive Counseling for Latinas/os published by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Press. She considers herself a social justice advocate.
Dr. Arredondo is a national leader on many fronts. She is past president of four national associations. She was president of the American Counseling Association, and the only Latina to serve in that role, the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45 – Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the National Latina/o Psychological Association. Currently she serves on the APA Board of Professional Affairs and is co-chairing the updates to the APA Multicultural Guidelines. Previously, she was a member and Chair of the APA Board for the Advance of Psychology in the Public Interest.
Dr. Arredondo is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology. She also received the “Living Legend” award from the ACA, the Lifetime Achievement Award from APA Division 45, and honorary degree from the University of San Diego, and holds Fellow status with the American Psychological Association. She enjoys promoting women’s leadership, especially for women of color.
Christina A. Christie, Ph.D.
Professor and Head of the Social Research Methodology Division in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles.
Christina A. Christie is a Professor and Head of the Social Research Methodology Division in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. Christie specializes in educational and social program and policy evaluation. Her research focuses on the factors and conditions that influence evaluation practice in an effort to strengthen our understanding of evaluation as a method for facilitating social change. She has published extensively and her work appears in journals such American Journal of Evaluation, Children and Youth Services Review, Evaluation and Program Planning, Studies in Educational Evaluation and Teachers College Record. Christie has served on the board of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and is the former Chair of the Theories of Evaluation Division and the Research on Evaluation Division of AEA. Currently, she is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Evaluation.
Glorisa J. Canino, Ph.D.
Professor at the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine.
Glorisa J. Canino, Ph.D. Glorisa is a Professor at the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. She is presently Principal or co principal investigator of several grants funded by the National Institute of Health. She has published substantially in the area of instrument psychometrics, psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services research, pediatric asthma and health disparities. At present she is together with Drs. Margarita Alegria and Cristiane Duarte, the principal investigator of a ten year follow up study to investigate the effect of minority status, in the onset of depressive and anxiety disorders as well as the long term relationship of substance use disorders, and risky sexual behavior with sexually transmitted infections and HIV. She is also principal investigator of two psychiatric epidemiology studies, one together with Dr. Raul Caetano of alcoholism and its relationship to chronic unemployment, and another study of service use and barriers to care in the island. Dr. Canino is co-principal investigator together with Dr. Celedon of a study on the epigenetics of pediatric asthma. Glorisa has been for the past 54 years a leading Latino researcher and her various research studies have resulted in more than 250 publications in scientific journals.
Glorisa loves to cook, swim, travel, listen to opera and classical music, watch movies and overall loves to read, particularly novel scientific developments and South American novels. She often goes snorkeling in a beach with beautiful reefs full of fantastic Caribbean salt water fish.
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Modern Languages / Women Studies and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Seattle University.
Dr. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is a multilingual, bicultural Chicana poet and academic cultural worker. She is the daughter of migrant workers and grew up in México, Texas, California, and Chicago. A poet since childhood, she first published in France at age 18. In 2000, she received her doctorate from Stanford University. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Modern Languages and Women & Gender Studies at Seattle University.
Dr. Gutiérrez y Muhs’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of Chican@/Latin@ and Latin American literatures, theorizing Chican@/Latin@/Mexican@ subjectivity, Chican@/Latin@ spirituality, cultural studies, and feminist theory. Her publications include multiple essays, poetry, encyclopedia entries, opinion pieces and other cultural work on Chicana subjectivity, spirituality, popular culture, transnationalism, feminist theory, and cross-cultural issues. She is currently working on a book exploring the diverse experiences and expressions of spirituality in the works of Latina authors. She is the author of A Most Improbable Life, Communal Feminisms: Chicanas, Chilenas and Cultural Exile (Lexington Books, 2007), the recently published Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena María Viramontes Critical Reader (University of Arizona Press, 2013), the groundbreaking transformational collection of essays titled Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (Utah State University Press, 2012) of which she is first editor. She also has a forthcoming dicultural novel Fresh as a Lettuce: Malgré Tout, and she’s working on a second novel Pregonera. Dr. Gutiérrez y Muhs is currently conducting research for her forthcoming book: Spirituality and Religion in Latin@/Chican@ Literature:A Diversity that Mystifies and (De)lights, because of which she is currently a Catholic Thought and Culture Faculty Fellow at Seattle University.
Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University-Chicago.
Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello, Ph.D., is a professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University-Chicago. In December 2010 she retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) after 25 years of services. There she established in 1993 the UIC’s Midwest Latino Health Research, Training & Policy Center and conducted health disparities research with a focus on chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, injury prevention and occupational health, among others. At UIC she trained/mentored minority undergraduates, graduate and pre- and post-doctorate fellows, junior faculty, health care providers and community health workers in research methods, patient education, and in advocacy and policy work. She developed community based participatory action research and empowerment models to address social justice issues. The Latino Research Center also developed linguistic and culturally appropriate public health community interventions that are being used in Puerto Rico, US-Mexico borders and other Latin American countries. Dr. Giachello was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Puerto Rico; a Master’s degree from the School of Social Services Administration (SSA) from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology also from the University of Chicago. Due to her research, policy and advocacy work she has been featured in local and national/international English and Spanish TV, radio and printed media and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named as One of 25 Most Influential Hispanic in American by Times Magazine in 2005 and one of ten national Persons Who Inspire by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in 2010, received in January 2014 the University of Chicago’s President Leadership Award and in April, 2014 was named as the Women of the Decade in Health in Chicago by La Raza Newspaper.
Jane E. Miller, Ph.D.
Research Professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and a Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Dr. Jane E. Miller (Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania) is a Research Professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and a Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. A specialist in quantitative communication and statistical literacy, she recently completed a second edition of The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis and supplemental online materials to help researchers apply the concepts from the book to their own projects. She is currently completing a second edition of The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers. She is also the author of a series of related articles in teaching and research journals. Dr. Miller’s research interests include relationships between poverty, child health, health insurance, and access to health care. She is collaborating with Dr. Louise Russell and other to study how health system factors such as medical home and health insurance are associated with access to care and family burden for U.S children with chronic health conditions. She has also collaborated with Dr. Cantor and Dr. Gaboda and other at the Center for State Health Policy and New Jersey’s Department of Human Services on studies of issues related to program retention, chronic childhood illness, parental eligibility, and other issues in New Jersey’s State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). She received a Faculty Scholar’s Award from the William T. Grant Foundation for her research on poverty dynamics and child well-being. Dr. Miller is a faculty associate at the Center for Research on Child Well-Being at Princeton University, and the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research. She is the Faculty Director of Project L/EARN – a health research training program for undergraduates from groups that have been under-represented in health research – funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program received an Innovative Program Model Award from the National Association of Minority Medical Educators in 2010. Miller received an Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award from the Rutgers Aresty Research Center in 2007, and a Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award from Rutgers University in 2011.
Debra Joy Perez, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Learning at The Annie C. Casey Foundation.
Debra Joy Pérez, MA, MPA., PhD, is the Vice President for Knowledge Support at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. As Vice President, Dr. Pérez provides leadership and direction and is directly responsible for managing several aspects of the Foundation’s work, including program performance measurement, evaluation, policy research, data development, knowledge management and organizational learning. In partnership with the Senior Leadership Team, she leads the development of a program performance measurement system in the Foundation, with particular attention to the development of performance measures for each of our portfolios; develop staff and grantee capacity to identify performance measures and to collect and analyze data; build use of and support for the performance measurement system at all levels of the Foundation. She also ensures that the Foundation has a well-thought out and consistent approach to the evaluation of the Foundation’s program and policy initiatives; oversee development of evaluation designs, work plans and budgets, as well as the selection and management of third-party evaluators; prioritize the relative importance of different evaluation opportunities and make recommendations to the President and Senior Leadership colleagues accordingly.
In addition to her focus on internal AECF work, Dr. Perez ensures that the Foundation has a program of policy research that reflects organizational priorities and advances Casey’s work around Family Economic Success, Community Change and System Reform. The development and implementation of an effective strategy with regard to developing data resources that support Casey’s work, and building the capacity of Casey partners to produce and use data effectively is also a main focus of Dr. Perez’ role. Key to her role at Casey is maintaining a focus on learning. As such, she oversees the continued improvement of the Foundation’s knowledge resources, with particular attention to broadening and deepening the utilization of those resources by staff as well as ensuring efficient and cost-effective access to outside knowledge resources. This includes being a champion the sharing of knowledge and learning from research and evaluations and driving a broad learning agenda for the Foundation and the field.
Prior to joining Casey, Dr. Perez was the assistant vice president for Research and Evaluation, collaborating with the vice president on the strategic and tactical decisions of the unit as well as ensuring its effective and efficient management. Among other priorities, Dr. Pérez was responsible for supporting advancing the unit’s goals of learning and spreading the Foundation’s lessons from our past and current investments. Dr. Pérez was a also formerly a senior program officer responsible for the Foundation’s research and evaluation work on the Public Health team and led programs that focus on increasing the diverse perspectives that inform the Foundation’s grant making for the Human Capital team. She began her career in philanthropy in 1997, when she became deputy director for New Jersey Health Initiatives, an RWJF national program. Since joining the Foundation in 2004, Dr. Perez has been responsible for developing multiple programs in research and evaluation in the areas of public health and disparities in health care for the Quality/Equality team.
At RWJF, Dr. Pérez was crucial in assisting the Foundation in becoming a more diverse place and to develop greater diversity in its pool of grantees. Much of her work focused on supporting historically under-represented scholars through the Human Capital team’s New Connections program. She is nationally recognized for building the field of public health systems research and developing the public health practice-based research networks. She is currently the chair of the RWJF Diversity.
As lead program officer for New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming, Pérez works with historically under-represented investigators and identifies opportunities to link this new talent to the Foundation’s work across health and health care research areas. This expansion of diverse perspectives in programming includes oversight of the RWJF Evaluation Fellows Program which provides evaluation training and placements to evaluators from under-represented groups. Dr. Pérez also works with other foundations to enhance the quality and impact of philanthropy by incorporating diverse perspectives through her role as advisory to the Diversity in Philanthropy Project led by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. In addition, she is responsible for managing the National Urban Fellows program at RWJF, which supports under-represented mid-career professionals in nine-month non-profit management mentorships across the country. To date, Pérez has mentored 19 National Urban Fellows. As a former program officer for the Disparities team, she was responsible for developing major initiatives designed to find interventions that work to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in health care called Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change and establish learning networks of providers implementing strategies to serve the limited English proficient patient population called Speaking Together: National Language Services Network.
Much of her work with the Public Health team at RWJF includes a focus on developing and building the field of Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) which supports building the evidence of how the organization, structure, governance, financing, accreditation, and quality of public health delivery impacts community health outcomes and the performance of the public health system. In collaboration with the Public Health team, Pérez has worked to expand the growth of the PHSSR field from $75K in 2004 to over $70 million in 2012. Work in PHSSR includes expanding access to public health infrastructure data, research on quality improvement in public health, and the development of practice-based research networks in public health. Since joining the Foundation in October 2004, Pérez has also been responsible for developing many programs in research and evaluation in the areas of racial/ethnic disparities, scholar and fellow programs. She is a researcher by training and has written many articles on racial and ethnic disparities, Latino and minority health and health care issues, and public health services and systems research.
Dr. Pérez completed her interfaculty doctoral program at Harvard University, receiving a PhD in health policy. While at Harvard, Pérez chaired the first and second university-wide symposium on racial and ethnic disparities in health/health care. She was awarded a five-year fellowship in health policy and research from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Pérez graduated from Douglass College with a BA in communication. She received an MA in social science and women’s studies from […]
Azara Santiago-Rivera, Ph.D.
Dean of Academic Affairs, Full Professor of Counseling and Director of the National Center for Research and Practice, Latino Mental Health at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC.
Dr. Azara Santiago-Rivera earned a Ph.D. in Counseling from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She joined The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) as the chair of the Counseling Department in August 2011 and became dean of academic affairs in August 2013. Dr. Santiago-Rivera served as the associate dean of the School of Education, University at Albany (NY) from 2001―2004. Among outcomes of her work were initiatives to advance early career faculty with a focus on publishing, teaching strategies and tenure and promotion processes. Prior to joining TCSPP, she also held faculty positions as a professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004―2011) and assistant and associate professor, University at Albany [NY] (1992―2004).
Dr. Santiago-Rivera’s publications and research interests include multicultural issues in the counseling profession, bilingual therapy, Latinos and depression, and the impact of environmental contamination on the biopsychosocial well-being of Native Americans. She has published 40 articles, 3 books, and given over 100 local, national and international presentations throughout her career. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Environment of Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.
Professional leadership has been part of Dr. Santiago-Rivera’s career portfolio. She has held numerous national positions; among these are vice-president of the Latino Interest Network of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and founding member and president of Counselors for Social Justice within the American Counseling Association. She was the president of the National Latino/a Psychological Association, an American Psychological Association (APA) affiliated association (2004-2006). She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and currently the founding and chief editor of the new APA journal: Journal of Latina/o Psychology.
Gertrude J. Spilka
Founding Director of OMG Center and National Program Director of New Connections
A founding director of OMG, Gertrude J. Spilka (“Gerri”) has thirty years’ experience advising philanthropic, nonprofit and government organizations on effective change. Along with leading OMG’s integrated national practice that helps the social sector use evidence to accelerate equitable social change, she leads a portfolio of client work. Spilka is currently the Program Director for New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming. Under her guidance, the New Connections Program has awarded health and healthcare research awards to over 100 diverse emerging and mid-career diverse scholars and consultants, and grown the national network to over 1300 people. She is also currently leading a multi-year evaluation of the D5 Coalition, a national initiative to diversify philanthropy, and she was also a co-director of the RWJF Evaluation Fellowship, which increased evaluation diversity by supporting a pipeline of diverse evaluators trained in culturally responsive evaluation.
While at OMG, Gerri has directed numerous national evaluations across many fields. In the last decade, she has led investigations exploring philanthropic collective action strategies to tackle lasting impact on some of America’s more intractable, tougher issues. Examples of these include evaluations of the Ford Foundation’s Media Policy Portfolio. Using mixed methods, as an evaluator Spilka advised the emerging national field and the program officer who launched the first national network and movement of activists and DC-based policy leaders to advance democracy through equitable media access. Much of Spilka’s work has explored effective philanthropic strategies for bridging opportunity disparity gaps. Spilka led an evaluation of a college access and success initiative for low-income students in six cities, sponsored by the Lumina Foundation. Other examples include an evaluation of university-community partnerships for the Knight Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey’s Rebuilding Communities Initiative. Gerri also directed numerous foundation wide and portfolio strategy development engagements, most recently for Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the William Penn Foundation, and the Heinz Endowments.
Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine
Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine. Dr. Zambrana’s scholarship applies a critical intersectional lens to structural inequality and racial, Hispanic ethnicity, and gender disparities in population health and higher education trajectories . Her recent work includes an edited volume with Virginia Brennan, Shiriki Kumanyika , and Zambrana entitled Obesity Interventions in Underserved U.S. Communities: Evidence and Directions (Johns Hopkins University Press, In press); Latinos in American Society: Families and Communities in Transition (Cornell University Press, 2011) and an edited anthology with Bonnie T. Dill entitled Emerging Intersections: Race, Class and Gender in Theory, Policy and Practice (Rutgers Press, 2009). Her recent awards include the 2013 American Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Founding Member Award for Vision and Leadership, 2012 University of Maryland Outstanding Woman of Color Award for her lifetime achievements, and the 2011 Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award by the American Sociological Association, Sociology of Latinos/as Section for her contributions to the sociology of Latinos and immigrant studies, teaching and mentoring. She was Principal Investigator of a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Understanding the Relationship between Work Stress at U.S. Research Institutions’ Failure to Retain Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty and is currently completing a book on these data.
- Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Ph.D., President and Founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.
- Carmen Solis, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Department and the NYPD Graduate Leadership Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.
- Heyda Martinez, Ph.D., Program Director at Institute for Maximizing Student Development, University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute for Maximizing Student Development.
- Janice Johnson-Dias, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and President at GrassROOTS Community Foundation.
- Sharon Norris-Shelton, M.S.A., Director of Network Career Development at New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming
- Tammi L. Fleming, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
~ Early Career Investigators ~
- Kaliris Salas-Ramirez, Ph.D., Assistant Medical Professor in the Department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, The City College of New York
- Kristine Molina, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Community & Prevention Research Division.
- Leah C. Neaubauer, Ed.D., Associate Director and Instructor in the Masters of Public Health Program at DePaul University
- Lisa Aponte‐Soto, Ph.D., M.H.A., Instructor in the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University
- Yadira Perez Hazel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at the Center of Ethnic Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Oral Historian at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
~ Doctoral Candidates ~
- Sofia B. Pertuz, Assistant Dean and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Fordham University and Founder of Latinas Completing Doctoral Degrees
- Yesi Morillo-Gual, Director of Risk Manager at Citigroup and Founder and President Proud to be Latina