SALUD - Healthy Midwest Latino Families Project Project SALUD

Who are we?

Principal Investigators

Blake Jones

 

Dr. Blake Jones

Assistant Professor
Hanley Hall, Room 229
765-494-1842
blakejones@purdue.edu

Dr. Jones is originally from a small town in Arizona and first moved to Indiana in 2001. He is a graduate of Purdue University and is an assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies. His research is focused on how daily family routines and the home environment are related to children’s health, with a specific interest in obesity and sleep. He and his family love living in Indiana, and are happy to call Indiana their “home.”

You can contact Dr. Jones at email: blakejones@purdue.edu or telephone 765-494-1842.

Zoe Taylor

 

Dr. Zoe Taylor

Assistant Professor
Hanley Hall, Room 246
765-494-2949
zetaylor@purdue.edu

Dr. Taylor moved to Indiana to start work as an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue in 2013. She is originally from London, England, but spent most of her life in northern California. She has worked with Latino communities for over 15 years. Her interest in working with Latino families began after spending 6 months working with a youth organization in Nicaragua as a college student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She continued to work with Latino families as a graduate student at the University of California, Davis where she spent many years helping run a large longitudinal project of Mexican-origin families. Her research is focused on how families cope with potentially challenging and stressful experiences, and what factors help families be resilient to risks and stressors. She is excited to learn more about how Latino families in the Midwest stay healthy and thrive.

You can contact Dr. Taylor at email: zetaylor@purdue.edu or Tel: 765-494-2949.

 

Graduate Researchers

Laura Anaya

 

Laura Anaya
sanche50@purdue.edu

Laura Anaya is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies Ph.D. program at Purdue University. She studies child-parent relationships, and how families work and interact together on a daily basis. Being a Latina in the United States, she is looking forward to working with Latino families in her community who may have backgrounds similar to her own. Through her work with SALUD, she is eager to learn more about the experiences that families go through in their relationships and their health as they navigate through transitions together, and to help build connections between local families and Purdue University. She moved to Indiana in August of 2012 from the state of Washington to attend graduate school. In her free time, she likes watching movies, exploring new local places with her husband, and spending time with her family and friends.

Carly Evich

 

Carly Evich
cevich@purdue.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Yi Feng

 

Yi Feng
yi.feng.3@purdue.edu

Yi Feng is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies Ph.D. program at Purdue University. Her main research interest is in understanding family dynamics with a consideration of the overarching cultural context. She has a keen interest in studying fathering and looks forward to examine fatherhood in a variety of families coming from various cultural backgrounds. Through her work with SALUD, she is eager to learn more about how family environment, including parenting practices, relate to children’s physical and mental health, what roles fathers are playing in the processes and how the cultural context has shaped these dynamics. Before she moved to Purdue, she has spent two years at New York University studying for her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology. Aside from research, she likes reading, swimming, traveling and learning new things; but spending time with her family and friends gives her the most pleasure.

Yoon Young Kwak

 

Yoon Young Kwak
kwak9@purdue.edu

Yoon Young Kwak is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies Ph.D. program at Purdue University. She is interested in positive development of adolescents and how activities promote mental health. Having worked as a youth counselor, she is looking forward to working with a variety of families from different cultural backgrounds. Through her work with SALUD, she is eager to learn more about how adolescents overcome adversities and how families are engaged in their development. Before coming to Purdue, she lived in South Korea for almost her entire life except for one year when she lived in Santa Barbara, CA as an exchange student. She enjoys meeting new people and learning new cultures in the U.S.

 

Undergraduate Assistant Researchers

Madi Alton

 

Madi Alton
malton@purdue.edu

Madi is a junior majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with minors in Spanish and Psychology at Purdue University. She has volunteered at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA) working with native Spanish speakers. She also lived in Spain for six weeks with a Spanish family this past summer. Since being in Europe, she wants to travel everywhere, and can’t wait to revisit her host family in Spain someday. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis and hanging out with her friends.

 

Paula Bernal

 

Paula Bernal
pbernal@purdue.edu

Paula is a junior at Purdue University majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She is excited to be a part of SALUD because she really enjoys working with children as well as using her Spanish speaking skills. Paula has lived in two Spanish-speaking countries and her first language was also Spanish because her family is from Colombia. She also volunteers with the program Ayuda y Aprende teaching Hispanic children how to improve their Spanish speaking skills. In the future she hopes to become a teacher and work with students whose first language is not English.

 

Heather Caddick

 

Heather Caddick
hcaddick@purdue.edu

Heather is a junior in the school of Nursing. She is also studying psychology and Spanish. She enjoys running marathons and works as a lifeguard.

 

 

 

 

Brenda Contreras

 

Brenda Contreras
contrerb@purdue.edu

Brenda is a sophomore studying public health with a concentration in epidemiology. She is a native Spanish speaker as both of her parents are immigrants from Mexico. She enjoys working with others and making a difference in the lives of other people. She is very excited to be a part of the SALUD team because she feels as though she is helping out the community in a way she never had before.

 

 

Rachael Cruz

 

Rachael Cruz
cruz38@purdue.edu

Rachael is a junior at Purdue University majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and minoring in Spanish as well as photography. She spent this past summer studying abroad in Madrid, Spain and is very excited to be working on this project to continue learning about the Spanish culture and using her language skills. She has also been a volunteer teaching Spanish in the greater Lafayette community working with a group of first grade, native Spanish-speaking boys at Wea Ridge Elementary. In the future she hopes to become a bilingual speech therapist working in the elementary schools with children who have disabilities.

Allie Dellinger

 

Allie Dellinger
adellin@purdue.edu

Allie is a junior majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Spanish and Human Development Family Studies at Purdue University. Growing up, she was enrolled in a Spanish Immersion Program, kindergarten through her senior year of High School. She currently works as a Spanish Interpreter for the Hearing Labs at Purdue University. This past summer she lived and studied in Madrid, Spain for six weeks. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer and going camping.

 

Beth Dougherty

 

Beth Dougherty
doughere@purdue.edu

Beth is a senior studying Movement and Sports Science at Purdue University and hopes to go to graduate school for Physical Therapy next year. She is minoring in Spanish and spent a semester in Argentina this past spring. Beth loves trying new things, especially new food, and meeting new people and is eager to practice and speak Spanish now that she is back from Argentina. Beth loves the outdoors and being active, especially hiking and biking. However, she also loves reading books and watching movies. She is looking forward to being a part of the SALUD team this year.

 

Hannah Felder

 

Hannah Felder
hfelder@purdue.edu

Hannah is a junior at Purdue University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. Her goal is to use her minor with hopes of becoming fluent in Spanish and working in the Chicago area at a hospital as an RN in the Latino community. Eventually, she wants to enhance her career as a Nurse Practitioner and work with women in underserved areas. Making a difference on an individual and community basis is important to Hannah and she hopes to gain insight by being apart of Project SALUD. Hannah has previously studied abroad in Costa Rica; she learned about the challenges, improvements, and discrepancies between the health care systems of the U.S. and Costa Rica while strengthening her Spanish-speaking abilities. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, painting, and visiting new restaurants.

Maritza Garcia

 

Maritza Garcia
garci197@purdue.edu

Maritza, originally from Hammond, Indiana, is a sophomore majoring in Human Services with minors in French and Psychology. She is excited to be a part of SALUD because coming from a Mexican family herself, she understands the struggles Latinos may face and is eager to be provided with the opportunity to better their lives. She hopes to become a social worker for foster children or possibly work with minority groups, in particular Latinos. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, spending time with family, and watching comedies!

 

Elizabeth Huang

 

Elizabeth Huang
huang508@purdue.edu

Elizabeth is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. She has spent two summers studying abroad in Spain and is passionate about the Spanish language, as well as reaching out to Hispanic families within the local community. She has volunteered at schools in the Lafayette area, including LARA and Burnett Creek Elementary, teaching English to native Spanish speakers. In her free time, she enjoys to run, bike, and play piano. Elizabeth is looking forward to using her language abilities to serve the Spanish-speaking community both now as a student, as well as a nurse in the near future.

Katie Landon

 

Katie Landon
landon0@purdue.edu

Katie is a Senior at Purdue studying Psychology and Human Services. She wants to pursue a Masters in Social Work to work with at-risk youth in urban areas. She is excited to be a part of Project SALUD to connect with the Latino community and to learn how Latino children are resilient despite facing challenges. She is currently from Grand Rapids, MI, but wants to move to the Los Angeles area. In her free time, she likes to run, read, and capture life’s precious moments.

 

 

Cory Mygrant

 

Cory Mygrant
cmygrant@purdue.edu

Cory is a senior at Purdue University majoring in Dietetics and minoring in Human Development Family Studies. She hopes to one day be working as a Registered Dietitian in a hospital setting. She is very excited to be working with Project SALUD because her main interest lies in how stress affects weight and health. She is also eager to work with Latino families to learn more about their culture, parenting practices, family environment, and how they overcome adversity. Cory grew up in Huntington, Indiana with one younger sister and one older brother. She loves being active, hanging with friends and family, warm weather, cooking, and eating healthy delicious food.

Claire Powers

 

Claire Powers
powers45@purdue.edu

 

 

 

 

 

James Scheck

 

James Scheck
jscheck@purdue.edu

James is a senior at Purdue majoring in Accounting and Management with a minor in Spanish. He is originally from West Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in a largely Hispanic neighborhood. He has worked with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy for the last few years. He is volunteering for the project in order to continue using his Spanish outside of the classroom and to continue his involvement with the Latino community. After graduating this spring, he plans to head back to Chicago to work at a public accounting firm in the city.

 

Previous Assistant Researchers

Matthew Crissman

 

Matthew Crissman
mcrissma@purdue.edu

Matthew is a senior majoring in Spanish with a minor in Management at Purdue University. He will graduate in May of 2015 and will also complete a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Matthew’s professional career began with a position as a student associate at the Purdue Latino Cultural Center. In the summer of 2012, Matthew completed an internship at the Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis, serving as a diplomatic assistant as well as acting as an interpreter for non-official business. He continues to develop his linguistic skills by serving as a tutor for Spanish students as well as those learning English as a second language. When he is not in class or tutoring, Matthew can often be found at home reading a good book or playing with his beagle, Penny.

Karen Green

 

Karen Green
green90@purdue.edu

Karen is a senior at Purdue University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a minor in Spanish. She is originally from Corydon, Indiana. As part of her studies, she elected to do an exchange study abroad program with the Tecnológico de Monterrey, for which she lived for 10 months in Mexico. She spent her first semester at the Querétaro campus and her second at the Mexico City campus. Karen hopes to attend a physician’s assistant master’s program and move to a warmer state, such as Texas or Arizona when she graduates. Along with her work in research, Karen is also a volunteer with the Latino Cultural Center’s mentoring program and helps out at their Spanish Conversation Tables. Additionally, she is an avid member of the Purdue Salsa Club. In her free time, Karen enjoys watching movies, running, and spending time with friends.

Nicole Guzman

 

Nicole Guzman
guzmann@purdue.edu

Nicole is a senior studying Psychology and minoring in Spanish at Purdue University. She enjoys learning about the Spanish language and even spent 6 weeks studying abroad in Madrid, Spain this past summer. She is excited to be a part of the SALUD project because she will have the chance to further improve her fluency in Spanish while working towards bettering the lives of Latino families in the community. Upon graduation in May, Nicole plans on continuing her studies to become a school psychologist in hopes that she can create a positive impact on minority youth in public schools. Some of her other hobbies include traveling, photography, writing, and cooking.

Anna Held

 

Anna Jo Held
helda@purdue.edu

Anna is a senior at Purdue University studying Human Services and English. She has spent 5 years studying the Spanish language and has greatly enjoyed the glimpse that it has given her into the Latino community. She has a strong desire and passion to help serve others, and she is excited to be able to do both during her time working with the SALUD project. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She would describe herself as a creative and passionate person with a dash of ditz!

 

Sarah Hirschman

 

Sarah Hirschman
shirschm@purdue.edu

Sarah is a junior majoring in Movement and Sport Science with a minor in Spanish. Ever since traveling to Spain on an exchange program during her junior year of high school, she has had a passion for the Spanish community as well as children. She is excited for Project SALUD because this project will allow her to become closer with the Hispanic community, along with the opportunity to increase her Spanish speaking skills. She hopes to pursue graduate school for physical therapy so that she can assist various types of communities and watch their growth and advancements in the medical field. Sarah is an avid soccer player and participates in many volunteering opportunities around Purdue’s campus as well as the community.

Tessa Kayser

 

Tessa Kayser
tkayser@purdue.edu

Tessa is a Junior majoring in English Education with minors in Creative Writing and History. She grew up in New Haven, Indiana with three brothers and four sisters. Her interest in this project is rooted within her passion for children and teaching. She hopes to better understand her community, the community she hopes to work in one day. In her free time, Tessa likes to read books and watch old movies.

 

 

Jessica Merzdorf

 

Jessica Merzdorf
jmerzdor@purdue.edu

Jessica is a senior in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. She originally took Spanish classes to fulfill her major requirements, but she fell in love with the language and her wonderful friends and professors from Spanish-speaking countries. She has now completed her minor in Spanish and is serving as secretary of the National Spanish Honor Society's local chapter. Jessica is planning to apply to graduate school, in order to work as a clinical and research audiologist. In her free time, Jessica enjoys writing, vintage movies and TV, and the music of Juan Luis Guerra, Pablo Alborán, and Fernando Ortega.

 

Jenny Smith

 

Jenny Smith
smit1646@purdue.edu

Jenny is a senior at Purdue majoring in Psychology and has completed her minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She will graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in December of 2015. Jenny has volunteered and worked with children in school and daycare settings for the last 5 years and strives to apply for grad school, in order to work with underprivileged kids through therapy. Jenny was in honors Spanish in high school and completed 5 semesters of Spanish at Purdue. She has always loved the Spanish language as well as all of the rich heritages and cultures it encompasses. Some of her favorite Spanish cultures and heritages include those from Guatemala and Mexico. Jenny is a big advocate for diversity and equality around the world, as well as an avid world traveler. She enjoys giving back to those in need and volunteering around the world. Her most recent endeavor was during July of 2014 in Swaziland, Africa where she volunteered with orphaned children by building schools, providing food, etc. Jenny is excited to join the team of Project SALUD while continuing to develop her Spanish skills, embracing cultural diversity, as well as working with children. When she is not studying, working, or volunteering, Jenny enjoys watching movies, playing board games, listening to music, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her friends and family.