I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, but I spent a part of my childhood in Weston, FL, a small suburb of Ft. Lauderdale. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, before moving to South Carolina to work in healthcare and later at a life insurance company. I decided to apply to the University of South Carolina’s Epidemiology MSPH degree to better understand health disparities among minority populations and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology.
My research interests include mental health illness/substance use, adolescent/young adult health, and access to health care
My Master’s thesis explored prevalence trends of victimization among high school students by race, ethnicity, and gender from 2009 to 2017 using national data from the Youth Risk Factor Surveillance System.