Meet the Team: UCSF


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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Institute for Health & Aging and Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) is providing the leadership for the Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces study.  UCSF faculty will provide the scientific leadership for the study, lead the recruitment efforts, and conduct the study interviews.

Julene JohnsonJulene K Johnson, BM, PhD (Principal Investigator) is a Professor in  the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging and UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.  She is a cognitive neuroscientist and amateur musician (flute, kantele) with a Bachelor’s degree in music. She has also sung in a number of community choirs over the years.  She has along-standing interest in studying music in both healthy aging and neurodegenerative diseases.   In 2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Jyväskylä, Finland where she studied community choirs and healthy aging.  Dr. Johnson will provide the scientific leadership for the project and collaborate with both the Senior Centers and the San Francisco Community Music Center to complete the study.

Anna NapolesAnna Nápoles, PhD, MPH (Co-Investigator) is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Medicine and UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.  She is a behavioral epidemiologist and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Her research focuses on community-based models of research and service delivery in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse groups, in addition to patient-clinician communication and cancer disparities.

Anita Stewart Anita Stewart, PhD (Co-Investigator) is Professor Emerita in the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging and UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.  She has extensive experience leading community-based research, particularly with diverse older adults.  Her work concerns a broad range of studies whose central themes are health promotion and reducing health and health care disparities.  Anita also sings in a community choir.

Wendy MaxWendy Max, PhD (Co-Investigator) is a Professor of Health Economics and Co-Director of the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging.  Her research program over the past 30 years has focused on health economics, with a particular emphasis on the economic impact of disease on behavior and health expenditures and developing econometric models and cost-effectiveness models.   She is leading the cost-effectiveness analysis for the Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces study.

Steven GregorichStephen Gregorich, PhD (Statistician) is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Medicine and the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.  He is an applied statistician with extensive experience using models for clustered/dependent data, structural equations with latent variables and psychometrics. Dr. Gregorich helped design of the Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces study and also provides leadership for the randomization procedures, methodological issues, and statistical procedures.

RacRachel-Freyrehel Freyre, BS (Lead Study Coordinator) is a research coordinator at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging.  She is also working on her MS in Nursing at San Francisco State University.   She has experience working with several different community-based research studies.  She is bilingual in both Spanish and English.  She is part of the assessment team, being in the community on a regular basis to lead recruitment efforts and perform interviews.

Jasmine Santoyo-Olsson, MS (Data Manager) has over 12 years experience working on community-based research projects, particularly with culturally diverse populations. She is leading the data management aspects for the grant.  She also set up the NIH Toolbox for the Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces study and is making sure that data collection runs smoothly at each of the Senior Center sites.  She will also assist with data analysis.  She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

makdine2Makdine Ngueguim, MS (Biostatistician)  has a master’s degree in Mathematics from University of Yaoundé Cameroon and a MS in Biostatistics from California State East Bay, Hayward. She has worked as a statistician on previous projects and will work on the data management and statistical analysis aspect of the Community of Voices project, under the direction of Dr. Steve Gregorich. She is bilingual French and English

Danadana picture Pounds, BS (Study and Choir Coordinator) is a study and choir coordinator at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. She has a B.S. in Health Education with an emphasis in Community-Based Public Health, and a minor in Women’s Health Issues at San Francisco State University. As part of the assessment team, she has worked with diverse populations through community outreach, and also assists with recruiting and screening participants.

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Maria Cora, MA (Study Coordinator)  Maria is a study coordinator with the Community of Voices project. She holds a BA from Harvard University and a MA from San Francisco State University. As an artist, María is a gifted filmmaker, poet and musician. She is known for her unique contribution as the lead vocalist with various women’s salsa and Latin jazz ensembles including Azúcar Con Aché, Different Touch and Orquesta Sabrosita, and Azúcar y Crema. Maria is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Merima Rubic, BS (Study Coordinator) is a study coordinator with the Community of Voices project. She has a B.S in Health Education with emphasis in Community Based Public Health. She has experience working with diverse populations as part of the assessment team. She assists with the training of our interns and actively participates in the outreach efforts of our project. She also assists the choir coordinator with organizing start up choirs for the study.

Ofelia2Ofelia Villero, PhD has lots of community-based participatory research experience.  Ofelia is helping with outreach and recruitment and is also conducting the focus groups and interviews as part of the NIH/NIA Administrative Supplement.

 

Christine Chiu, MD (UCSF Research Resident). Christine is a psychiatry resident at UCSF. She is interested in studying the benefits of music for older adults and people with mental illness. As a pianist, Christine studied at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles and with the music faculty at the University of Illinois and performed in public concerts.

 

We would also like to acknowledge the contributions from the Interns, Volunteers and former Staff on the COV Project – THANK YOU !!

  • Serenity Young (SFSU Intern, Spring 2013)
  • Merima Ribic,(SFSU Intern, Spring 2013)
  • Arai Buendia (SFSU Intern, Spring 2013)
  • Perlita Torres (SFSU Intern, Spring 2013)
  • Dana Pounds (SFSU Intern, Summer 2013)
  • Kelsey  Vaillancourt (SFSU Intern, Summer 2013)
  • Elena Bloom (SFSU intern, Fall 2013)
  • Shivani Doraiswami (High School volunteer)
  •  Isabel Povey (High School volunteer)
  • Claudia Armenta (NIH/NIA Diversity Supplement, 2014-2015)
  • Katherine Lau (SFSU intern, Spring 2015)
  • Peter Lucchesi (SFSU Intern, Spring 2015)
  • Milene Lobato (International intern, Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, Summer 2015)