Creative professional with extensive experience designing and implementing research, monitoring and evaluation activities. Talents include excellent people and project management skills; action-oriented with strong ability to communicate effectively with audiences ranging from grassroots community organizations to clinicians, scientists and policy makers. Outstanding conceptualization and analytical skills.
Successfully compete for and maintain a portfolio of contracts and grants from U.S. and international agencies and foundations. Major focus on addressing health disparities consistent with organization's mission of advocacy for special populations. Guide teams in quality improvement, program evaluation activities. Build capacity of staff and partners. Provide training, mentoring and education. Network and liaise with stakeholders. Conduct behavioral, outcomes and health services research. Publish and present findings.
Created and direct network of public and private health care and community agencies in California to provide high quality, patient centered care. Successfully led team of physicians, nurses, consumers and researchers on quality improvement projects to improve: management of inpatient and outpatient pain, adherence with medications and transition from pediatric to adult care. Identified and impacted quality indicators including 12 process and 9 outcome measures. Planned and executed launch of statewide sickle cell resource website.
Apply knowledge of behavioral and social science theories and methodologies to improve health promotion, management of chronic medical conditions and mental health issues for hematology/oncology populations. Oversee health services learning, monitoring and evaluation activities for staff. Contribute to departmental strategic planning process.
Conducted formative research to identify psychological and social risk and resiliency factors for orphans and vulnerable children. Trained social workers and nurses in the provision of psychosocial support to these children, with a particular focus on assisting the transition from residential care back into the community for older youth. Led the revisions of the Handbook on Child Rights and Child Care for the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children and the Child Protection Society, in collaboration with UNICEF.
Coordinated continuous quality improvement activities for the department in alignment with local and national QI initiatives. Provided clinical, research and cultural competence trainings to psychology graduate and professional students and pediatric residents.
Magna Cum Laude
Trainer, American Psychological Association HIV Office of Psychology Education Program 2011 - present
Faculty and Admissions Chair, Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research, Grant Writing Institute 2006 - present
Lecturer, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Francisco 2003 - present
Co-Investigator, Association for Public Health Laboratories - Ghana National Newborn Screening Program Counselor Training and Certification Program
Co-Investigator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Public Health Research, Epidemiology and Surveillance for Hemoglobinopathies
Consultant, Biomarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Randomized, Double-Blind, Pilot Study of the Safety and Physiological Effects of of BMN 110 in Patients with Morquio A Syndrome
Principal Investigator, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute - Psychobiological Reactivity in Sickle Cell Disease
Project Director, Health Resources and Services Administration - Northern California Network of Care for Sickle Cell Disease
In addition to 70 peer reviewed publications and abstracts and 8 articles:
Advanced Training in Clinical Research, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 12/2006
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Oakland, CA 08/1986
Clinical Psychology Internship, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 06/1985
Professional License, Clinical Psychologist, State of California
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