Mariya Vizireanu, PhD

I am a social science researcher with experience in qualitative and quantitative approaches to addressing complex questions. With training in anthropology, public opinion work, and science communication, I conduct rigorous original research and present findings in easy-to-understand formats for diverse audiences.

CURRENT RESEARCH

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In my Research Associate position at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles (Loyola Marymount University), I am involved in all aspects of research – instrument design, data collection and analysis, report writing and public presentations of results, and overall project management.

An important part of my role is student training and supervision – StudyLA is an undergraduate research center that provides LMU students with hands-on research experience (200 students and >2000 fieldwork hours over the past two years).

TEACHING

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I currently co-teach the POLS3800: Political Internship course at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). The class is focused on professional development through such activities as elevator pitches (practiced in actual elevators), informational interviews, and learning effective writing and communication skills.

I also mentor StudyLA’s core team of undergraduate researchers (10-15/year) in individual research projects and teach data analysis skills in STATA.

Additionally, I have taught and assisted eight courses (in-person and online) in global health, medical anthropology, and epidemiology while at Arizona State University.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

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I began to do science communication work by authoring health-related articles and whiteboard videos for Arizona State University’s Risk Innovation Lab. Shortly after (Summer 2017), Dr. Nouraini noticed my online presence and invited me to join her new Science Communication Journal Club (ScicommJC).

Our team at ScicommJC hosts monthly Twitter chats and records a podcast show where we share the latest research in effective science communication and public engagement. See a recap of one of my hosted Twitter chats here).

PAST RESEARCH

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My dissertation work studied cross-cultural perceptions of healthy eating. To understand how people build mental models of “healthy eating” and why their models differ in different countries, I used a range of qualitative and quantitative methods from the fields of anthropology, public health, and psychology.

One goal of my dissertation project was to give students extensive experience with these mixed methods, which is why I founded and ran the Eating Perception Lab. You can see my dissertation as well as all published articles on my Media page.

EDUCATION

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I have received my Global Health PhD from Arizona State University in 2017. This interdisciplinary degree has prepared me as an expert in mixed methods – applying both qualitative and quantitative approaches to answer questions related to how and why humans think and behave the way they do. My work has been published in journals and books spanning the fields of psychology, public health, and anthropology (see Media page for links to publications).

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 7.44.28 PMGet a more detailed overview of my research and teaching interests here. The hour-long interview was recorded at the 2018 American Anthropological Association meeting in San Jose, CA.