Brianna is a PhD student in the Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) Program. Before starting the program, she worked as quality assurance for an adolescent psych facility to improve outcomes daily. She directed the behavioral department in locked facilities, where she worked with a multidisciplinary team to develop a holistic approach to patients care, along with assisted in the development of behavioral program and participated in implementing EHR in our mental health facilities. Additionally, she conducted molecular biology research for health disparities in triple negative breast cancer among African American women.
What attracted you to the HILS Program?
I came to the HILS program because it focused on translating research, providing a bridge between research, clinicians and communities involved. I am most interested in the approach of breaking down issues in health care to examine the root cause and implementing change in a systematic way that it will be able to continuously improve. The skills that I will learn and develop will help me succeed in my future endeavors to improve outcomes in underserved communities.
In her free time, Brianna enjoys hiking with my dog Princess, traveling internationally with friends and family, dancing, volunteering in youth ministry, and improving her Spanish speaking skills. She comes from a large bi-racial family and loves learning about her family's history and culture.
Areas of Interest
Research and scholarly interests: Health disparities and Integrated Health
Other professional highlights: Behavioral Program Director and High School substitute at Washtenaw Technical Middle College