Maria splits her time between the CAPT Core as a science writer and the Northeast Resource Team as an epidemiology technical assistance provider.
As a science writer, she conducts literature searches to support product development, crafts materials in conjunction with instructional designers, and develops and delivers webinars on critical prevention science topics. As epidemiology technical assistance provider, Maria provides training and technical assistance to states in the Northeast regarding substance use prevention surveillance activities, data-driven decision-making, and assists with the presentation and dissemination of epidemiological findings.
Before assuming this position, Maria served as the Service to Science Lead for the Northeast where she oversaw the evaluation training and technical assistance provided to participating prevention programs, and led a team of experts who assisted local program directors, developers, and evaluators in documenting evidence of program effectiveness. Maria earned her PhD in ecological-community psychology from Michigan State University, and has a background in program evaluation with special expertise in sexual minority issues.