Health Equity/Research Interest
My research combines concepts and methods across disciplinary boundaries to examine interconnections between the social and behavioral determinants of health and nutrition, with a particular focus on children’s energy-balance behaviors in underrepresented and low-income communities.
My research program is community centered. I have conducted studies focusing on childhood obesity in diverse early childhood contexts, low-income, and U.S. Latino families. For example, I have engaged in research activities with participants in: (a) Flea markets and Laundromats in low-income community settings in San Antonio, TX; (b) Hispanic Church settings in San Antonio, Texas; (c) Family child care settings, and Hispanic family homes in East-Central Illinois; (d) Low-resourced child- and health-care settings abroad (Eastern Mexican and Sub-Saharan populations); (e) and Low-income neighborhoods in the greater Boston area. Conducting research in these contexts is critical for a number of reasons, including: (a) Targeting participants otherwise underrepresented in research; (b) Better understanding the social and neighborhood conditions affecting human health in certain communities (i.e., access to health promoting features, walkability); and (c) Embracing the multistage process to logistically conduct the research (i.e., building rapport and establishing partnerships, documenting process). As an aspiring member of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, I hope to share my experiences in promoting equitable health among priority populations with affiliated members of the center through networking, collaborations, and education.
PhD, MPH, MSc
College of Human Ecology
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Area of Expertise (Methods)
Quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, systematic reviews, CBPR
Area of Expertise (Content)
Obesity, public health
Area of interest
Community Engagement and Dissemination, Investigator Development/Mentorship, Education
Researcher involved in health equity, Educator involved in diversity or health equity