Isabel is a research assistant in the reproductive health and family formation area. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a major in Health and Societies and a minor in Hispanic studies. Isabel is a storyteller and passionate researcher interested in improving the lives and health outcomes of pregnant mothers, families and children. Her senior honors thesis, which focused on understanding women’s lived experiences of childbirth and maternity care in Costa Rica’s public healthcare system, affirmed her interest in pursuing a career in maternal and reproductive health.
Isabel is deeply committed to using research as a tool for correcting injustice and for empowering traumatized and/or vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in further developing skills in qualitative data collection and analysis, implementation science, and evaluation. Her other research interests include healthcare quality improvement for underserved populations, teenage pregnancy prevention, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and health systems innovation. Prior to joining Child Trends, Isabel held research positions at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Monteverde Institute, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.