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Research Methodologies to Guide Advocacy Efforts in Guatemala

Tuesday, April 9
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center, 253D

Advocacy in Guatemala: The Use of Different Methodologies to Present Data and Research to Guide Advocacy Efforts in Guatemala through SLU and Partnership Projects.

Jorge Luis de Leon. DrSc., MPH. Dr. de Leon is the director of the Research Institute (DIGI) in San Carlos University. He earned his doctorate in science from the Technology and Science Institute in Cuba and Mariano Galvez University in Guatemala. He has attended several courses and seminars related to Methodologies in Research at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities. As a Director of the Research Institute, he is implementing a new model to do research in Guatemala that includes three components: research, development and innovation.

Twenty-five years of research in Guatemala by Judith Gibbons and her collaborators has revealed the views of Guatemalan youth and adults on issues such as gender roles, machismo, marianismo, intercountry adoption, ethnic attitudes and relations, adolescents' ideals, altruism and helping, faith development, eating disorders, and social remittances. Implications of the research findings for empowerment of Guatemalan academics and other citizens will be addressed
Judith Gibbons, PhD in Psychology. Dr. Gibbons is Professor of Psychology and International Studies and was a Fulbright Scholar during 2011-2012 at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. She is currently the President-Elect of the Interamerican Society of Psychology, and the editor of the journal International Perspective in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation.

Funded by the PRF, this project uses a participatory action research framework and PhotoVoice methodology to collect data on aging in two small Guatemalan towns, use that data in advocacy efforts, and empower local townspeople to continue this process of research and advocacy on their own.

Margaret A. Perkinson, PhD, received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Aging from University of California, San Francisco and is currently Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University. Dr. Perkinson is a medical anthropologist who has conducted gerontological research for over 30 years. She is one of the founding faculty members of the NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala and is the director of its gerontology component. She has conducted research in Guatemala for the past 5 years, and her current work is funded by the President's Research Fund. She serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, chair of the Global Aging Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and elected member of the American Anthropological Association's Committee for Human Rights.

David D. Rockemann, MS, has a Master's degree in Community Development from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and over 30 years experience in gerontological health administration and 5 years research experience in Guatemala.

Ellen M. Ziegemeier, MA, Washington University, Brown School of Social Work.
After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, Ms. Ziegemeier earned a Masters in Anthropology from Louisiana State University. She has worked at universities and in private research settings in St. Louis, Chicago, Honduras and Guatemala on qualitative research projects studying aspects of aging, mental health and Alzheimer's disease (AD). She served as an educator on AD to the Latino community in Chicago through a health outreach program at the Mexican Consulate, and while living in Honduras, she worked at the Honduran Alzheimer's Association and coordinated the National Study of the Prevalence of Dementia in Honduras. Currently, Ms. Ziegemeier works at the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention (CVIP) in the Brown School of Social Work on an intervention grant for new mothers with postpartum depression and on a veteran suicide prevention grant with the VA.

Funded by the NIH/Fogarty International Center, this program aimed to build capacity for cancer prevention and control by training Guatemalan clinicians in public health research methods. Using a bidirectional, interdisciplinary approach, participants gained research skills and developed cancer-related projects responsive to the needs of Guatemala, empowering these clinicians to ask questions and gather information needed to move the country's cancer surveillance, treatment, and policy forward.

Lauren D. Arnold, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the College for Public Health & Social Justice. As a cancer epidemiologist, Dr. Arnold's current work largely focuses on HPV-related cancers. She studies barriers to, knowledge about, and communication issues related to HPV vaccination and cancer prevention among underserved, minority, and college populations. Additionally, she has ongoing projects in cancer disparities and public health genomics, and collaborates on projects in Guatemala.

Sarah Patrick, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She was trained at the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Diabetes Registries, Research, and Training at the University of Pittsburgh. For over twenty years, she has toggled service as a public health practitioner and as an academician and researcher. In practice, she served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assigned to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, State Epidemiologist in South Dakota and later in Missouri, and a contract epidemiologist for the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Services and the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), working with the field epidemiology training programs in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Academically, she has directed the Institute of Rural Health Studies at Idaho State University and the Center for Rural Health Improvement at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.

Christian Alvarez Privado, MSPH, is currently a Fulbright scholar from Guatemala who will complete his MPH at Saint Louis University in December 2013. Mr. Alvarez has worked in projects related to HIV and Sexual Transmitted Infections in Female Sex groups and men who have sex with men in Guatemala and Spain. He has also helped develop a surveillance system of HIV patients in Guatemala.

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