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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 bicycle crashes. The first chapter of my dissertation is about lessons learned in helping the Boston Police Department gather data that could help inform prevention interventions and identify funding streams for a sustainable crash surveillance program. The second chapter is on the predictors of bicycle hit-and-run events using regression models. The final paper is on extracting meaningful information, using computer science techniques, out of police narrative reports on bicycle crashes.
My career highlights include leading the first pedestrian safety report for the City of San Francisco and the first cyclist safety report for the City of Boston. I have had the opportunity to view road injuries from various perspectives because of the roles I have played at the macro and micro levels in public health and healthcare. I have worked with policy makers, advocates, engineers, urban planners, and medical personnel to influence environmental policies for road safety. I have also been a nurse in an emergency department, providing care for patients who have sustained road injuries. Additionally, one of my publications has been on the economic costs of pedestrian injuries.
I understand (and can work with) data and provide patient care, yet my passion, interest, and strength is building coalitions for change. I have no problem adapting to various environments -- I can connect well with policy executives as well as with grassroots advocates in the community. These skills support the need for evidence-based practice in preventing injuries.
I will be on the job market in the summer of 2016 and I am looking to bring my skills and enthusiasm to a forward-thinking agency. I have worked full-time for over 5 years in leadership positions between graduate programs. I am aiming for an executive-level position in a local, state, or federal government agency. Most importantly, I am looking for an opportunity to lead and to fall in love with my career.
My Career at a Glance:
In 2011, I joined the research team as a PhD student at the Harvard Injury Control and Research Center at Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to that, 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. Before entering the field of injury prevention, I developed and implemented the Patient Education Resource Center at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. My first job involved working full-time as a research assistant various departments at UCLA, including Psychiatry, Nursing, and Psychology.
With regards to my education, I have earned a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and two Master’s degrees in Public Health and Nursing from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
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 later attended inner-city schools in Los Angeles that focused on empowering underserved students to enter careers in theater, film, and television. Rather than pursuing a career in the arts after finishing high school, I chose academia because of my interest in human behavior and science. My two incredible working class parents left their countries and sacrificed a lot to ensure that I could dream.
As I got older, I realized that my true calling was public service. By answering the call, I have had wonderful opportunities working in City government in two major cities and have won prestigious public service awards including the Harvard Presidential Fellowship in Public Service and the Chancellor's Public Service Award at the University of California, San Francisco. I am thankful every day for the opportunity to make a positive impact, even a small one, on society.
I am a musician and dancer. I have played the guitar since the age of 10 and took up the drums nearly two years ago. My favorite band is Led Zeppelin and my favorite drummer is John Bonham. I have taken private lessons in percussion with a Berklee College of Music Professor. I also dance salsa and Zumba and enjoy making "DIY" rock n' roll shirts for women. Lastly, I love the outdoors-- especially hiking.