Victor Garcia and Diane Shinberg, respectively directors of MARTI-CBH and the
Public Health Program, invited Vanessa Torres,
MPH, to present her dissertation research to the jointly convened PUBL 122
(Fundamentals of Public Health) and SOC 335 (Alcohol and Drug Abuse) classes on
November 12, 2018.
In the evening, she also gave a workshop on graduate
studies and careers in public health and health services. The following day,
Torres met with a dozen students over lunch to continue the workshop
discussion, and, later in the day, she met individually with students to talk
about strategies in applying to graduate school in related programs.
earned her BA in Environmental Economics and Policy and Spanish Literature at
UC Berkeley in 2009 and her MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science from
California State University, San Diego, in 2014. She is currently ABD in the
PhD Program in Health Services at the University of Washington, Seattle, where
she is pursuing the Health Behavior and Social Determinants of Health
concentration. The title of her dissertation is “Assessing alcohol-related consequences, participant satisfaction, and
engagement strategies in the Vida PURA study of unhealthy alcohol use among
Latino day laborers.”
Torres’s visit to IUP was sponsored by the
MARTI-CBH, the Public Health Program, the Department of Sociology, and the
Office of Vice President for Enrollment Management.