MARTA INDUNI, PhD
Research Program Director
Marta Induni, Ph.D., is the Research Program Director of the Survey Research Group (SRG) at PHI. With more than 25 years of survey research experience, Dr. Induni has served as the coordinator of many state and national surveys, including the California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, the California Women’s Health Survey, and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Working with a wide variety of collaborators, Dr. Induni has served as the data director and administrative project manager for population-based and multiple case-control studies, such as food-borne disease outbreaks, immunization coverage, and cancer studies. Dr. Induni earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UC Davis, where she studied health behavior change theory, prevention and intervention programs for adolescents, and testing and measurement techniques. A native Argentinian, Dr. Induni is fluent in Spanish and an aficionado of all thigs Frida Kahlo. She currently stays busy with a young puppy and her two daughters’ budding acting careers.
REBECCA GARROW, MPH
Rebecca Garrow serves as the program manager for the Survey Research Group and Cancer Registry of Greater California, and is the lead evaluator for a California tribal health program community health outreach effort. She has extensive experience with PHI overseeing statewide nutrition education and physical activity promotion campaigns for ethnic minorities. Prior to joining PHI, she worked as a public health researcher and program coordinator for San Diego State University and the California Rural Indian Health Board. Rebecca holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion and behavioral science from San Diego State University and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. In her free time, Rebecca serves as the Vice President of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates Board of Directors. She enjoys a stellar cup of coffee, playing basketball, hiking, and riding her bike to explore new restaurants and breweries in the Sacramento area.
SUZANNE RYAN-IBARRA, MPH, MS, PhD Candidate
Principal Investigator / Research Scientist
Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra is a Research Scientist and Co-Investigator for multiple projects at Survey Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute. She has more than 10 years of experience in public health, particularly in research, evaluation, and health promotion. Her expertise includes study design, data collection, and data analysis for qualitative and quantitative methods. Her current research involves several mixed methods evaluation projects. She is also the lead Epidemiologist for a project assessing low and middle-income countries’ capacity to conduct non-communicable disease surveillance in the Andean region of South America.
Suzanne’s research interests include surveillance, obesity, nutrition, and physical activity interventions that inform public health programs and policies. Prior to joining SRG, Suzanne served as the lead Data Analyst for California’s non-communicable disease surveillance systems, including the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the California Dietary Practices Survey. She has also worked at the University of California, Los Angeles with the Parkinson’s Environment and Gene Study, the Mid-Life in the United States Study, and the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). She has led public health interventions with the US Peace Corps in Ecuador and the Alameda County Community Food Bank in California. Suzanne received her Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University. She is bilingual and speaks both English and Spanish. In her spare time, Suzanne is completing her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. She enjoys camping and hiking in America’s national parks and exploring other beautiful, wild places throughout the world with her spouse.
DANIELLE RODRIGUEZ, MPH, PhD Candidate
Danielle Rodriguez joined SRG and the Cancer Registry of Greater California in 2012 as a Research Associate II with nearly 4 years of experience in public health and data analysis. Prior to joining PHI, Danielle served as a communicable disease investigator, analyzing the incidence and prevalence of such diseases for a local health department. Her training includes advanced statistics and epidemiological methods. She is interested in surveillance and research focused on chronic and communicable disease such as cancer, obesity, and food borne illnesses. Danielle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Fresno State University and a Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Texas A&M University. Currently, she is nearing completion of her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. In her free time, she takes long walks with her awesome German Shepard husky, Bentley, decorating her house with homemade crafts, and enjoys being newlywed with her spouse Honorato (married 2015!).
KYLI GALLINGTON, BS, MPH Candidate
Research Associate IV
Kyli Gallington joined SRG and the Center for Wellness and Nutrition in 2016. In her role as Research Associate IV, she coordinates the research and evaluation of direct education and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change nutrition interventions. Her research interests include nutrition, social and behavioral determinants that impact diet-related disease, and the evaluation of PSE and direct education interventions among food insecure populations. Prior to joining PHI, Kyli served as the Program Evaluator for Alameda County Community Food Bank, where she oversaw organization-wide evaluation strategies to increase access to healthy food, provide quality nutrition services, and improve service provision within the Food, Agencies, and Nutrition Services department. Previously, she oversaw program evaluation and management of direct services for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Kyli has presented her program evaluation strategies for food insecurity programs at state and national conferences.
Kyli is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in public health at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2011, she graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting, jewelry-making, and traveling to new places with her spouse.
MARICSA GUTIERREZ, BA
Administrative Assistant IV
Maricsa Gutierrez serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Survey Research Group and Cancer Registry of Greater California. Maricsa coordinates, oversees, and performs a wide variety of administrative and program support endeavors including reviewing and composing survey translations, assisting with special projects, and providing fiscal and human resources support. Maricsa is also a proactive member of several groups within the organization, including communication, conference planning, and social media team committees. Maricsa obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Sacramento in 2006. Maricsa is fluent in Spanish and is a former call center employee. An avid traveler and volunteer for several pediatric cancer organizations, Maricsa currently keeps busy chasing her two young yet beautiful and brilliant children, Abigail and Damian.
Research Project Assistant/Bilingual Survey Interviewer II – SRG Call Center
Lourdes Mejia has been with SRG for 13 years. As the most senior level call center staff, Lourdes is highly proficient in training, recruitment, monitoring interviews for quality control, pilot testing survey instruments, and coaching new employees. She has conducted over 30,000 (not a typo!) interviews in English and Spanish with adults and adolescents, including the CDC-funded BRFSS survey, the California Adult Tobacco Study, California Women’s Health Study, and the California Teen Eating, Exercise and Nutrition Survey (CalTEENs). Lourdes has the ability to stay calm under pressure, and her patience and cultural competency are especially on display during interview probes, refusal turnaround, and creating “safe spaces” for participants to share sensitive information. In her free time, she stays busy and thoroughly enjoys creating fun, exciting, and adventurous memories with her three daughters, Marissa, Victoria, and Andrea.
Research Project Assistant/Bilingual Survey Interviewer II – SRG Call Center
Albany Magallanes joined SRG in 2009. As one of the senior level call center staff, Albany helps train new employees to a comfortable level in which they can conduct interviews on their own, including coaching employees and monitoring data collection protocols to ensure accuracy, quality control, and linguistic competence. Albany organizes and prepares the daily call protocols for ongoing studies at SRG and distributes assignments to trained survey interviewers.
Albany has experience entering accurate data in a fast and timely manner, and assists in the design of electronic data collection tools and resources. She has conducted and/or monitored over 10,000 interviews in English and Spanish, and worked for several years on the CDC-funded BRFSS survey. Albany is a fast learner and is always excited to work on new projects. In her free time, Albany enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Julianna and Alexis; whether it be playing dolls or playing baseball in the rain. She loves nature and the outdoors in addition to watching a movie, snuggled on the couch with a blanket and a hot cup of coffee.
Research Project Assistant/Bilingual Survey Interviewer I – SRG Call Center
Rosa Garcia recently started with Survey Research Group as a bilingual survey interviewer. She has over fourteen years of customer service and data confidentiality responsibilities, including extensive administrative support experience in the medical field. She is fluent in Spanish, and is proficient in streamlining efficiency and formulating protocols to best fit diverse work projects at SRG. Rosa recently relocated to the Sacramento area from Portland, Oregon with her daughter, Josephine, to be closer to family. In her (very limited!) free time, Rosa pursues creative artistic outlets and crafting projects, and has volunteered for the Born Again Pit-Bull Rescue in Portland, Oregon as well as VOZ worker’s rights organization.
MARITZA ZUNIGA, BA
Linguistics Consultant (Spanish)
Maritza Zuniga has been with PHI for over 13 years, working for both the Survey Research Group and the Cancer Registry of Greater California. Her experience includes conducting telephone surveys in both English and Spanish and as monitoring and supervising staff for quality control, training, and technical assistance in remote and in-person data collection. Ms. Zuniga continues to help support research activities such as cleaning data, preparing reports and documentation, conducting quality control, and translating questionnaires from English to Spanish. Additional tasks were assisting with programming and testing surveys using CATI software.
Current, Ms. Zuniga works as a Data Collections Specialist for CRGC. In this capacity, she analyzes and codes pathology and morbidity reports for cancer cases in California, as well as conducting casefinding at independent pathology laboratories and hospitals. She is proficient in handling multiple electronic and paper documents containing sensitive and protected health information in a HIPPA-compliant manner. Ms. Zuniga obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento in 2006. In her free time, Maritza loves to cook (specializing in delicious Mexican cuisine) and watching fútbol (soccer) with her friends and family. Go FC Barcelona!
Linguistics Consultant (Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt)
Raley Do has been with the Cancer Registry of Greater California, a program of the Public Institute, since 2011. She became a Certified Tumor Registrar in 2013 and in this capacity works on data collection, casefinding, and the abstraction of cancer reports in California. She has extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes. Raley is fluent in Vietnamese, and previously worked as a bilingual telephone support agent for a health insurance organization. Known for being outgoing and talkative, Raley loves spending time with friends and family, and is a passionate San Francisco 49er fan and foodie.
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