I was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Puerto Rico. I completed my B.A. in Physical Education at Bayamón Central University, Puerto Rico. Then, I earned a M.Sc. in Health and Kinesiology from UT-San Antonio. Subsequently, I completed M.P.H. and Ph.D. degree-programs through the I-TOPP fellowship program at the University of Illinois. Currently, I am completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health working with Dr. Kirsten Davison in the Department of Nutrition.
I am interested in studying critical societal issues through a transdisciplinary lens, with an emphasis on childhood obesity prevention. At present, I am a public health scientist who combines concepts and methods across disciplinary boundaries best suited to examine the context (from culture-level to child-level) by which children and families engage in health behaviors. I am also interested in addressing health disparities among underrepresented ethnic minorities and low-income communities. Besides my scholarly work, I love spending time with family, cooking, traveling, sightseeing, and participating in sports.