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Pathways to Cures:
Friday, May 4th, 2018
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to announce the 2018 Outstanding Community Researcher Awardees. These awards acknowledge two individuals' exemplary commitment to collaborative research partnerships comprised of campus researchers and community organizations. One award is presented to a community leader who shows commitment to incorporating principles of research and quality improvement in their efforts to address the health of the communities they serve. The second award is presented to a UCI faculty member who excels in demonstrating principles of engagement in building partnerships with community organizations and community members in order to accomplish effective community-engaged research (CEnR).
Dr. Jacqueline Tran, MPH, DrPH, Health Policy & Management. Since 1998, Dr. Tran has worked in the non-profit health industry in Orange County, including the Vietnamese Community of OC (VNCOC); Share OurSelves; OC Healthcare Agency; OCAPICA; and as Community Director of the National Cancer Institute's Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training Center (WINCART). Dr. Tran has expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), disease control and prevention, health policy, nonprofit management, grant writing, program evaluation, capacity building, and more. Dr. Tran serves as a Subject Matter Expert for The Research & Evaluation Team with Special Service for Groups Research and Evaluation Team (SSG R&E), whose mission is to build community capacity through services and trainings that are tailored to be responsive to local histories, cultures, and political contexts. In this role, she consults on participatory action research, evaluation of projects for their social impact, and provides technical assistance and capacity building for community based organizations. It is through this important work that she is able to effect change related to her commitment to social justice and equity.
Dr. Schneider's research focuses on multi-factorial models of health behavior, with a primary focus on physical activity among adolescents. She is interested in moving beyond simple psychosocial models of health behavior to incorporate both physiological and environmental factors that may interact with psychosocial variables to shape behavior. Recent areas of investigation include the role of personality and frontal cortical brain asymmetry in the affective response to exercise and physical activity participation among adolescents. From 2000-2009, Dr. Schneider successfully implemented two back-to-back NIH funded R01s at El Toro High School in Lake Forest and Laguna Hills High School in Laguna Hills, where she developed close working partnerships with both Physical Education staff and school administration. Participant retention in these five year studies was over 90%, indicating a strong commitment to the study goals by parents and research participants themselves. Currently, Dr. Schneider has built a strong and long-standing research relationship with Marshall Academy of the Arts Middle School in Long Beach, where she recently completed another NIH-funded, 5-year intervention study examining the role of affect in adolescent physical activity participation. She and her research team have persevered in navigating policy challenges arise from changes in school and district administrators to continue the productive and important research they have been able to accomplish. She recognizes that a study can only be accomplished with the help of all partners working at different levels.