I am an anthropologist and Senior Program Evaluator for the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest in Albuquerque, NM. Since joining the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in 2005, I have conducted ethnographic and mixed-method research with a wide array of stakeholders in community and behavioral health settings, including individuals living with substance use problems and their social supports, incarcerated women, and prevention, behavioral health and criminal justice professionals and policy makers.
Since 2008, I have worked as a state evaluator for the New Mexico Human Services Department Office of Substance Abuse and Prevention. I have also performed as the local evaluator for several community-based prevention and substance use treatment programs that serve rural, indigenous and Latinx communities with limited resources. Such roles have allowed for evaluation and instrument design that is responsive to the needs of diverse communities. As my evaluation work is centered on the importance of evidence and research, my favored approach entails the provision of technical assistance to identify best approaches for the populations of interest, and how to enhance, adapt and improve program outcomes. My evaluation work supports the development of community capacity to address health disparities, especially through the provision of effective, structurally competent and culturally responsive services.
I contribute cross-cultural insight gained from her work in international settings on the themes of community development, substance use prevention, and health inequities, especially in Latin America. Fluent in Spanish, I engage a collaborative approach to the translation of evaluation and program documents to ensure subject content and linguistic accuracy, as well as cultural appropriateness for the intended audience.