Dayne Ornelas Gonzalez

Dayne Ornelas Gonzalez

Senior Research Assistant, Bethesda, MD

Areas Of Expertise

Education & Certification

BS, Neurobiology and Psychology, University of Washington

Dayne Ornelas Gonzalez is a senior research assistant in the early childhood development research area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in neurobiology and psychology. Being a first-generation Mexican immigrant, Dayne is passionate about making research more accessible to Spanish speaking communities and working on research projects that increase the standard of living for all marginalized communities in the US. During her last two years of undergrad, Dayne worked part-time at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute as a bilingual research interviewer. Upon graduating, Dayne worked at Seattle Children’s Research Institute where she was the lead interventionist and research coordinator on Fit5Kids, a multi-site, NIH funded, obesity prevention and intervention study. Her research interests include the early childhood education experiences of Latino/Hispanic children and bilingual children from low socioeconomic status families, as well as community-based behavior research. Since most of her experience in research has been in clinical settings, Dayne is excited to learn and grow as she shifts into policy research to understand how early childhood programs, policies, and institutions in the US can better serve marginalized children in the nation. In the future, she sees herself pursing a Master’s degree in education policy and international education, with the hopes of addressing critical education issues facing Latin America.