Mentors - Dominican Republic

Zahira A. Quiñones
Faculty Professor and Chair, Health Sciences Faculty Research Unit
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) School of Health Sciences

She is an experience community-partnered researcher in the Dominican Republic with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged communities. Dr Quiñones was a Co-Investigator on a National Cancer Institute Funded Grant, Community-Partnered Tobacco Control in Underserved Dominican Republic Communities (Ossip, PI) and has a Dominican Republic (DR) government funded grant on the study of the effects of third hand smoke on lung, kidneys and cardiovascular system in an animal model. She also heads the community and data teams in the DR, and has conducted multiple trainings with community-based staff on bioethics, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data collection, data management, and interventions. She is a skilled in project development, supervision of multiple and remote teams, translating research evidence to community practice, and data management. As an experienced mentor, she has supervised multiple medical student research projects (research is required for medical school graduation in the DR), including projects on tobacco control. She has also launched and lead the first national administration of the CDC Global Adult Tobacco Survey in the Dominican Republic, that includes training and supervising over 400 medical, dental, and physical therapy students as data collectors. Her work has had a particular focus on maternal health, and she has collaborated on analysis of project data and a dissertation on smoking that resulted in two publications on smoking and pregnancy in the DR.

Jose Javier Sanchez
Lecturer