Beatriz is a Ph.D. student in Public Health at the University of California, Merced. Her research focuses on Latino/a health and culture, obesity prevention, and health disparities. Currently, she researches the relationship between acculturation and the weight status of Latino/a adolescents. Additionally, she is passionate about investigating the role traditional plant-based diets play in preventing childhood obesity. Specifically, she seeks to find strategies to effectively communicate nutrition and health information that is culturally-relevant and -appropriate to Latino families.
Prior to studying at UC Merced, Beatriz was a community-based participatory research assistant on Latino community projects at CSU Long Beach, UCLA, and USC. She also has worked as a bilingual plant-based nutritionist and type 2 diabetes educator, and was a former and active member of the California Health Professional Student Alliance promoting healthcare justice. Beatriz has a B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine and an M.S. in Health Science from CSULB.