I am in my third year as a doctoral student focusing in the area of health information behavior. Broadly speaking, my research interests look at community-based health practices, health literacy, language barriers as social contributors to health inequities, and how communities use technology to manage health information.
More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between certain features of text, such as readability and cohesion, and characteristics of individuals, such as world knowledge, prior knowledge and language ability, and how these factors impact the way individuals evaluate consumer health information. My research tends to focus on adults who are bilingual, English-language learners (ELL), or who have lower literacy skills in English.
During the summer sessions, I teach the hybrid (online & on-campus) and face-to-face/classroom sessions of ITI 220: Retrieving and Evaluating Electronic Information, a required course in our Information Technology & Informatics undergraduate major. In the fall of 2015, I will also teach Digital Library Technology (610:558) in the MLIS program.
I previously received my MLIS from Rutgers in May 2012 with a certificate in digital libraries. As a student in the library program at Rutgers, I worked on a variety of digital library projects including launching a digital library of heraldry at the National Library of Puerto Rico in 2011. After obtaining the MLIS, I was the taxonomist at 1stdibs, a curated online marketplace of antiques, design, fashion and fine jewelry.
Prior to the MLIS, I worked in trade book publishing for 9 years, focusing mostly on international export sales to Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as importing Spanish language books for the US market.
I hold a M.A. in 19th & 20th French Studies from New York University's Institute of French Studies.
I have presented on digital libraries and taxonomy at NJLA and SLA, as well as presented posters at IFLA and NJLA.
"The Everyday Practice of Health for Mexican Women in New Brunswick: Barriers and Opportunities." Advancing Health through Community-Engaged Research: Successful & Emerging Approaches: A Symposium. Greater New Brunswick Community Health Collaborative, Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. 31 March 2015. Poster session with Teresa Vivar.
"The Everyday Practice of Health for Mexican Women in New Brunswick: Barriers and Opportunities." 8th Graduate Forum on Race and Ethnicity. Rutgers, Center for Race and Ethnicity. February 2015. Panel Participant.
"The effects of interpersonal communication and enacted support on exercise motivation for high risk breast cancer survivors." Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare. AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium, Washington, DC. 15 November 2014. Poster session with Xiaomu Zhou.
"Starting a Taxonomy Project: Case Study." 2013 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. 9 June 2013. Panel Participant.
Student Swing II Job Panel. Special Libraries Association New York Chapter, New York, NY. 15 September 2012. Panel Participant.
“Identifying Key Skills of Transliterate Users.” 2012 IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Helsinki, Finland 11-17 August 2012. Poster session with Anjali Goyal.
“Identifying Key Skills of Transliterate Users.” 2012 NJLA Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ. 5-6 June 2012. Poster session with Anjali Goyal.
“Digital Library Toolkit: building a small digital library on a shoestring.” 2012 NJLA Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ. 5 June 2012. Invited speaker.
“Buried Treasure: Digitizing a Hidden Library Collection.” 2011 NJLA Adult Services Forum, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ. 26 October 2011. Invited speaker.