Natalia Oliveira Woolley , MSPH
M.S.P.H., University of California Los Angeles
B.A., University of California Los Angeles
My road to becoming a social scientist started after I immigrated to the U.S. from Brazil. The socioeconomic and cultural differences between the two countries sparked my interest in understanding the historical and political forces behind two very different national trajectories.
In particular, I am interested in adolescent health in Latin America, first, because it is a crucial period in human development and therefore it presents an unique window of opportunity to support healthy and productive lives. Second because while Latin America has a significant percentage of the world's youth, their unique challenges have been traditionally understudied by the global north.
I am a doctoral student in Public Health at UCLA, with a research focus on adolescent health (including risk behaviors such as bullying and substance use). I am particularly interested in Latin American and Brazilian youth health.
My skills include monitoring and evaluation, project management, and data analysis.I have experience collecting, managing, analyzing and reporting data from large-scale surveys. As a project analyst at Kaiser Permanente, I provided logistical and operational support to a year-round patient satisfaction survey. As a graduate student I have also analyzed large-scale student surveys such the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance in the U.S. and the Pesquisa Nacional de Saude do Escolar in Brazil.