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Debbie Anglade, RN, MSN
Debbie Anglade received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from City College of New York and her MSN in Nursing Education from University of Miami. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Miami. She works with Drs. Cianelli and Mitchell on an El Centro Project; Health Workforce Development to Improve Maternal-Child Health in the Southwest Corridor of Haiti. She has traveled to Haiti with the UM research team for data collection and has assisted with development of the final project report. She also works with Drs. Cianelli and Mitchell on the Increasing Mental Health Capacity in Cap-Haitian in Response to the Haiti Earthquake Project, assisting with writing the background sections on Mental Healthcare in Haiti and assisting with proofreading and submitting papers for publication. Debbie’s research interest is on nurse patient safety culture at the individual level and its correlation to organizational or departmental patient safety culture.

Cristina Ballesteros, BS
Cristina is a junior majoring in Public Health at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is currently helping in a research project at the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Public Health and continue to help in Public Health research. Her research interests include: HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted infections, maternal and child health, childhood obesity, and substance abuse and co-occurring mental disorders.

Amanda M. Cummings, B.A., PhD student
Amanda is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Program in the School of Education and Human Development. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Maryland with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She then spent 2 years doing research on women with substance use disorders at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital in Boston. Her research interests include women’s mental health issues, specifically violence against women, as well as substance use disorders. For the past three years she has worked with Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda as part of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Prevention research team and currently is serving as Project Coordinator for the JOVEN study.  JOVEN is a teen dating violence prevention program that is being pilot tested in a greater Miami high school.  Inspired by her work with teens, Amanda’s dissertation examines the relationship between perceived quality of parent-child relationships and teen dating violence experiences among a college sample.  She aims to propose her dissertation before starting internship next fall.

Giovanna Cecilia De Oliveira MSN, NP-BC, PhD student
Giovanna is a certified Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner who was worked at various settings and specialties for several years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan.  She earned several awards and scholarships during her graduate programs. She was a charge nurse at various hospital units and nursing homes in the state of Michigan. As a nurse practitioner she has worked in the interventional pain field for almost 10 years in Broward County. She was a lead nurse practitioner in her last practice, in charge of training nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the specialty of pain. She is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as well as Sigma Theta Tau for 15 years. Currently she is a first year PhD student at the school of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami, working as a research assistant for the SEPA III project, under the care of Dean Nilda (Nena) P. Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN. Giovanna’s research interests include:  health disparities, transcultural health care and pain management.

Meghna Desai, B.A.
Meghna is currently a senior majoring in International Studies and Political Science. Meghna interned in the human rights division at United States Southern Command where she developed an interest in the rights of minority groups and marginalized populations in Latin America. Meghna’s research interests include community based research and studying health disparities among ethnic minorities. She wants to be actively involved in making the connection between human rights and health and eventually translating public health research in to rights-based action. Meghna is currently working with Dr. Gonzalez Guarda on the manualization of a school based teen dating violence prevention program for Hispanic families.

Katherine Hauck Perez, BSN, RN
Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Miami and a Bachelor of Art in International Affairs from Wagner College. She is presently a 2nd year doctoral student and a teaching assistant for Health Assessment Lab and graduate assistant performing quality assurance audits for research studies in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her research interests include quality of life in pediatric oncology patients and pediatric ICU units. Her dissertation topic is not yet defined, but will likely focus on her current research interests.

Elizabeth Grace Lipman Diaz, MS, BA, CPNP
Elizabeth received her BA in Psychology from Boston University with a minor in Women’s Studies. She later pursued a BSN at the University of Miami and an MS in pediatric nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Professionally, she has worked as a research assistant in drug addiction at Harvard Medical School’s New England Regional Primate Research Center in the Division of Behavioral Biology, as a clinical research coordinator at Palm Beach Medical Group, as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Miami Children’s Hospital, as a research nurse in substance abuse at Columbia University’s New York State Psychiatric Institute, as a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric endocrinology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, and as a clinical instructor in pediatric nursing for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She currently works with Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda as a research assistant on the Partnership of Domestic Violence Prevention. Her research interests include substance abuse, domestic violence, endocrine disorders, and childhood obesity. Her dissertation research is examining the relationship between household food insecurity and childhood obesity.

Mireille Merisier, RN, BSN,BS
Mireille holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Miami and University of South Florida. She is presently a first year doctoral student at the University Of Florida College Of Nursing.  She will be starting this fall with El Centro with Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda and Dr.Emma McKim Mitchell on the Prevention of Domestic Violence Prevention in conjunction with JOVEN. Her research focuses comprise of domestic violence prevention in adolescents, prevention of HIV/AIDS and cultural awareness in the Haitian community, as well as the elimination of health disparities among marginalized groups.

Derby Munoz-Rojas, MS
Derby is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. He received his degree in nursing from Costa Rica University (Costa Rica) and his MS in Human Movement from National University (Costa Rica). Before beginning his doctoral training, Derby worked as professor at the Costa Rica University School of Nursing as well as in the clinic field in non-government organizations. As a graduate assistant for El Centro, he has assisted in the publication and presentation of findings about the effects of an educational program to prevent sexual assaults, currently he is assisting on papers looking at culture, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence. He also is working as a teaching assistant at the simulation lab of SONHS. He works with Dr Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda on the CVAC Health Education study. His research focus is on health disparities and minority health, especially on intimate partner violence and sexual assault among Hispanics. His dissertation topic is not yet planned out, but it will likely focus on intimate partner violence among college students in Costa Rica.

Marc J. Puccinelli, BA, Ms.Ed.
Marc Puccinelli is a third year Ph.D. student in the University of Miami counseling psychology program. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University, and received his Ms. Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. He works with Drs. Santisteban and Mena on the CIFFTA-P, Tele-CIFFTA, and NIDA-CIFFTA clinical trials. Marc also works with Dr. Etiony Aldarondo’s research team at the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center at the University of Miami. Marc’s research interests include bridging the research to practice gap, and identifying social and cultural barriers to treatment effectiveness.

Chante E. Washington, BSN, RN
Chante received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.  She then practiced as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Dialysis Unit, and the Medical/Surgical Unit at various hospitals in Florida and Georgia.  She is a proud member of the Sigma Theta Tau.  The prevalence of health disparities among minorities inspired Chante to conduct research aimed at improving the quality of life of minorities.  She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.  Her dissertation and research interests include the influence of cultural factors on substance abuse, risky behaviors, and youth delinquency among minorities and the psycho-social and cultural factors that impact the health of minorities.  Chante has worked with Dr.  Santisteban and Dr. Mena on the NIDA and CIFFTA studies.  She currently serves as a Research Assistant on Dr.  Mitrani’s SET-R study.