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I am a PhD candidate in the Evaluation Sciences and Statistics track of the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy. My research interests (and dissertation papers) are on the prevention of unintentional injuries resulting from transportation collisions and drug overdoses.
Prior to entering the PhD Program, I was the Injury Prevention Director for the San Francisco Injury Center (SFIC) at the University of California, San Francisco where I conducted research on transportation-related injuries. In 2011, I joined the research team at the Harvard Injury Control and Research Center at Harvard School of Public Health. I earned a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and later acquired dual Master’s degrees in Public Health and Nursing from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Between graduate programs, I worked as a full-time research assistant various departments at UCLA, including Psychiatry, Nursing, and Psychology. I also planned, developed, and implemented the Patient Education Resource Center at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. Please click on the "Bio" tab to view my resume.
I was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States at the age of 7. I grew up in Long Beach, California and attended inner-city schools that focused on empowering underserved students to enter careers in theater, film, and television. Rather than pursuing a career in the arts, I chose academia because of my interest in human behavior and science. As I got older and as I explored the wide range of opportunities given to me at the University of California, the VA, and now Harvard, I realized that my true calling was public service. The feeling of making even a tiny impact on the policies that provide a health and safety benefit to the masses is...bliss. What an amazing thing it is to have the chance to do something positive for society. My two incredible working class parents left their countries and sacrificed a lot to ensure that I could dream. And here I am - at Harvard. I sincerely never thought I would find myself here. I look forward to doing great things for society.
No matter where life takes me, I will always be a public servant (and a rocker! I just won't wear the leopard flats to work!)
After I complete my PhD, I am aiming for an executive-level position in a local, state, or federal government agency. I am also looking forward to being a mom one day and maybe even mastering the drums several decades from now.