Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. in Communication; University of California, San Diego; 2013

M.A. in Communication; University of California, San Diego; 2009

B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology; University of California, Los Angeles; 2007


Qualitative research, health and organizational communication, patient/provider communication, community-campus partnerships, and service learning.


  • Communication Studies 145: Organizational Communication; California State University, Sacramento; Spring 2015
  • Communication Studies 161: Health Communication; California State University, Sacramento; Fall 2014
  • Communication Studies 173: Communication, Language, and Culture; California State University, Sacramento; Spring 2013
  • Communication Studies 114: Communication and American Culture; California State University, Sacramento; Fall 2011, Spring, 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014
  • Communication 20: Introduction to Communication; UCSD; Teaching Assistant; Winter 2010
  • Communication 100: Introduction to Communication and the Individual; UCSD; Teaching Assistant | Fall 2009
  • Human Development Program 133: Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Human Development ; UCSD; Teaching Assistant; Fall 2008


UCSD Program in Medical Education – Health Equity | UCSD SOM | 05/2009 – 03/2013

Research Consultant

  • Collaborated with Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships and PRIME Health Equity students to develop a service-learning program known as Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies that partnered local high school students with medical student health educators.
  • Conducted three-year ethnographic formative assessment of Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies and helped transition the program from an outreach initiative to a permanent part of the SOMs multicultural medical curriculum.
  • Produced recruitment video for UCSD School of Medicine’s Second Look Weekend featuring narrative accounts of PRIME-HEq’s impact on participating medical students’ professional development.

Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition| UCSD | 09/2007 – present

Research Scientist

  • Organized and led bi-weekly workshops in academic writing and publishing.
  • Trained, managed, and evaluated undergraduate research assistants.
  • Authored grants and reports to promote research projects.

The Daily Muse | 06/2012 – 12/2012


  • Wrote bi-weekly column on graduate education for web-based professional development publication with over 4 million readers.

Center for Community Wellbeing | UCSD | 08/2008 – 06/2010

Health Services Researcher

  • Collaborated with San Diego Community Housing Corporation staff and UCSD faculty and student volunteers to implement and evaluate preventative health services for residents of an affordable housing community.
  • Organized H1N1 vaccination campaign and coordinated with UCSD Department of Family Medicine to vaccinate over 40 residents lacking medical coverage.

Mind, Culture, and Activity Journal | UCSD | 09/2007 – 12/2012

Editorial Assistant and Copy Editor

  • Managed publication process for four annual issues of an international, interdisciplinary academic journal.
  • Implemented substantive editing query system for foreign-language authors and updated workflow management systems to improve efficiency of submission, peer review, and editing procedures.

Center on Everyday Lives of Families | UCLA | 04/2007 – 11/2007    

Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • Transcribed and coded over 100 hours of ethnographic video data for research on the home lives of multi-ethnic, dual-income-earning families in Los Angeles.


Powell, T., Arias Garcia, K., Bailey, J., Lopez, A., Willies-Jacobo, L. (forthcoming.) Program in Medical Education-Health Equity: Training future physicians to care for underserved communities. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition.  (2010). Cultural-historical activity theory. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw, (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education, Volume 6, pp. 360-366. Oxford: Elsevier.


Dissertation Writing Fellowship; Department of Communication, UCSD | 2013

Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program Underserved Community Grant; UCSD; 2010 – 2011

Wasserman Research Scholarship; UCLA; 2006



Columnist for The Daily Muse; 2012

Reviewer for Mind, Culture, and Activity Journal; 2008 – 2013

Editorial Assistant  Mind, Culture, and Activity Journal; 2008 – 2013

Copy Editor  Mind, Culture, and Activity Journal; 2007 – 2008


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