Dahianna Lopez, a PhD student in Health Policy, is interested in the link between transportation inputs and health outcomes, particularly injuries. Since 2009, she has worked with engineers, urban planners, police officers, advocates, trauma surgeons, and policymakers on bicycle/pedestrian issues in Boston and San Francisco. Through an internship at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, she has also piloted a training module in program evaluation for traffic safety professionals in Wyoming. Dahianna's humble beginnings in Mexico City and Los Angeles, California, have inspired her to pursue a career public service.
Dahianna has earned several awards, including the Prize Fellowship at Harvard, the William Haddon Injury Scholarship at Johns Hopkins University, and the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. Upon finishing her PhD, she hopes to work for a government agency, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Outside of academia, Dahianna is an amateur guitar player, pro Zumba dancer, and avid movie-watcher. She is currently authoring a book aimed at inspiring people to fight for their dreams.