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

Carly Evich

 

Carly Evich
cevich@purdue.edu

Carly Evich is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies Ph.D. program at Purdue University. She is interested in the effects of media use (e.g. TV-watching) on child and adolescent health. Through her work with SALUD, she is excited to learn more about the role of digital media in the lives of Midwestern Latino families, as well as how families help their children stay happy and healthy through the transition from childhood into adolescence. Before attending Purdue, Carly grew up in Michigan and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. In her free time, she likes to watch TV with friends and family, recycle, spend time with animals, and attend concerts and local events.

Nayantara Nair

 

Nayantara Nair
nair30@purdue.edu

Nayantara is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies Ph.D. program at Purdue University. She is interested in studying how families stay resilient in the face of challenges.Through her work with Project SALUD, she is excited to learn more about how family interactions, and parenting in particular, can foster adolescent wellbeing. Nayantara moved to the US in August of 2016, and is originally from Chennai, India. In her free time, she likes to read, Netflix-binge, and spend time with family and friends.

 

 

Undergraduate Assistant Researchers

(* indicates returning students)

Heather Caddick

 

Heather Caddick*
hcaddick@purdue.edu

Heather is a senior 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 junior 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 senior at Purdue University majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and minoring in Spanish as well as photography. She spent a 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 senior 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. Last summer, she lived and studied in Madrid, Spain for six weeks. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer and going camping.

 

Hannah Felder

 

Hannah Felder*
hfelder@purdue.edu

Hannah is a senior 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 a part 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.

Tara Hindes

 

Tara Hindes
thindes@purdue.edu

Tara is a senior pursing her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a minor in Critical Disability Studies at Purdue University. She is fluent in American Sign Language and plans to pursue her Masters in Disability Studies to have the opportunity to work with children with various types of disabilities. She is enthusiastic to be a part of Project SALUD to further her connections within the community and learn more about the resiliency in Latino children and families. In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with her precious puppy, Roxie.

 

Jonica Kao

 

Jonica Kao
kao6@purdue.edu

Jonica is a junior majoring in Dietetics at Purdue University. She was originally born in Taiwan but moved to Washington state when she was 4 years old. Upon graduating from Purdue, Jonica wants to attend graduate school to obtain her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology. After achieving her Master’s degree, Jonica will be applying for Physician’s Assistant programs to further her passion in health and the medical field. She has worked and volunteered abroad in countries such as India and Honduras. In India, Jonica volunteered at an orphanage for HIV+ positive children. In Honduras, she assisted physicians, dentists, and pharmacists in several medical procedures. Jonica is very grateful to be a part of Project SALUD. Through this opportunity, she hopes to continue to avidly support underrepresented communities.

 

Amber Klimt

 

Amber Klimt
adearrud@purdue.edu

Amber is a Senior at Purdue studying Human Services. She hopes to work as a social worker for elderly people either in a nursing home or with a hospice company. She is excited to be a part of Project SALUD because she wants to learn about this population and develop better Spanish skills. She is Lafayette local and loves to help people in her community. One of her greatest passions is bettering the health of those around her. She is married with two puppies and plans to live locally for a while.

 

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.

 

 

Richard Lee

 

Richard Lee
lee2154@purdue.edu

Richard is a sophomore studying Medical Laboratory Sciences in Purdue University. He was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador although his parents are originally from Guangzhou, China. Upon graduation, he aspires to work in a clinical laboratory to satisfy his passion to help others through laboratory technology. Richard enjoys working with children and families, and is excited to work with Project SALUD to interact with the families. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running and watching movies.

 

Madison Logan

 

Madison Logan
logan18@purdue.edu

Madison is a junior studying Human Services at Purdue University. She currently works as a direct support professional, where she provides care for children with disabilities in Lafayette. After graduation, Madison plans to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy. She is very excited to work with the families and children involved with Project Salud.

 

 

Rachel Megquier

 

Rachel Megquier*
rmegqui@purdue.edu

Rachel is currently a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Purdue University. She enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds with the hopes of positively influencing their health and wellness. During her summers as a Purdue student, she has traveled to Costa Rica and Ireland learning about differing cultures and healthcare systems abroad. Her goals for the future are to continue gaining a worldly perspective of health through cultural immersion and applying those experiences to the communities in which she works. She enjoys traveling, reading, and running.

 

Amy Murphy

 

Amy Murphy
murph196@purdue.edu

Amy is a Junior in Human Services. After she graduates, she hopes to earn her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a focus on infants and children. She grew up in a small town near Lafayette and is excited to learn more about the Latino families in her own community. She is also happy to be working with Project SALUD because she believes it will benefit her in the long run by giving her hands-on experience working with families. In her free time she likes to hang out with her family and friends, babysit and listen to music.

 

Sydney Payne

 

Sydney Payne
payne27@purdue.edu

Sydney is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and a minor in Psychology. She plans to pursue graduate school and one day work in a therapeutic capacity with children and families. Sydney splits her time at home between her father in Indiana and her mother in Colorado, and enjoys having a large family comprised of 5 step-siblings and one biological brother. In her free-time, she likes to draw and paint, clean her car, be with friends, and spend time outdoors. Sydney is excited to be working with Project SALUD to be able to interact with the Latino community and to contribute to the efforts of the research team.

 

Carolyn Pool

 

Carolyn Pool
poolc@purdue.edu

Carolyn is a senior studying Human Services, whose passion centers around at-risk youth living in metropolitan areas. Originally from Indianapolis, she can attest to the rising issue of youth attempting to thrive without community support and consistent role models. After graduation, Carolyn plans to return to Indy, where she can best serve this diverse population. She currently enjoys making an impact through her volunteer work as a Sunday School teacher for two-year old children, and as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette.

 

Claire Powers

 

Claire Powers*
powers45@purdue.edu

Claire is a junior majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with minors in Spanish, Psychology, and Human Development and Family Studies. She has studied abroad both in Peru and Spain where she further developed her love for the Spanish culture and language. After graduation she plans to go to graduate school to become a Certified Bilingual Speech Pathologist. Claire is excited to be a part of SALUD to practice her Spanish-speaking skills and interact with Latino families in the Lafayette area. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

 

Sasmita Rout

 

Sasmita Rout*
rout@purdue.edu

Sasmita is a sophomore majoring in Biology. Stress and obesity studies have always remained her interests and she plans to obtain a Masters of Public Health degree upon completion of graduation. She enjoys travelling abroad and spent four weeks in Australia studying health disparities in populations. She loves meeting people of different cultures and trying different cuisines around the world. Reading and music are her favorite pastimes.

 

 

Previous 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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Yi Feng

 

Yi Feng

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.

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!

 

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.