Research

 My passion for both nutrition sciences and research led her to assisting on 2 National Institute of Health (NIH) funded nutrition studies, and to designing and leading my own impact evaluation in Guatemala.

Explore them below:

Impact Evaluation
in Guatemala
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Quetzaltenago, Guatemala
August 2017 - July 2017
Title: An Evaluation of the Impact of Localized Health Efforts on a  Community in Guatemala
 
Position: Lead Researcher 
Date: August 2017 - July 2017
Funding: University of South Carolina's Honors College
Location: Quetzlatenango, Guatemala
Summary: 
Traveled to Guatemala to study the systemic problems that leads to a country exhibiting one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. Designed an impact evaluation funded by USC’s Honors College researching effectiveness of an NGO’s nutrition program in Guatemala
• Collected nutrition program participants’ weekly health metrics and centralized medical information on RedHat
• Evaluated participants’ benchmark test scores to determine average improved competency of nutrition over time
• Implemented solutions for increased information retention, comprehension, and health of participants
IMAGINE Study
Title: IMAGINE Study - Impact of a 12-month Inflammation Management Intervention on the Dietary Inflammatory Index, inflammation, and lipids
 
Facilitated by: Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy
Position: Assistant Researcher 
Date: October 2016 - May 2017
Funding: National Institute of Health (NIH)
Location: University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
Summary: 
An NIH-funded nutrition study researching the impact of inflammation management intervention on DII scores, inflammation, and lipids
• Designed data management procedures, organizing and analyzing participant health information
• Conducted research regarding the utilization and effect of participants' prescriptions on health outcomes
• Became Human Subject Research (HSR) certified
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Columbia, SC
October 2016 - May 2017
Project FIT
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Quetzaltenago, Guatemala
August 2017 - July 2017
Title: Project FIT (Families Improving Together)
Facilitated by: Dr. Dawn Wilson
 
Position: Measurement and Recruitment Assistant 
Date: October 2016 - May 2017
Funding: National Institute of Health (NIH)
Location: University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
Summary: 
An NIH-funded health promotion study with the goal of reducing diabetes risk in Black adolescents between the ages of 11-16
• Oversaw recruitment and health intake protocols, and pioneered participant relations procedures
• Collected participant data including height, weight, and BMI, and organized participant information in a database
• Became certified to conduct measurement on human subjects