Staff

Sandy M Magaña

Principal Investigator
Professor, Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at ChicagoPhone: 312-355-4537
Email: maganas@uic.edu
Office: 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd. (DHSP), Room 705a

Dr. Magaña holds a Masters in Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino and received her PhD from the Heller Graduate School of Social Policy at Brandeis University. She completed post doctoral training from the Waisman Center NIH funded Post Doctoral Training Program in Developmental Disabilities Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty. Previous to her UIC position, Dr. Magaña was a Professor in the School of Social Work and the Waisman Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was also director of the Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies Program at UW-Madison from 2008-2011.

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Miguel A Morales

Assistant Director of Research and Training
Family Support Research & Training Center
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago

Phone: 312 413-1837
Email: mmoral29@uic.edu
Office:1640 W. Roosevelt Rd. (DHSP), Room 705a

Miguel Morales holds a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Miguel brings over 12 years of experience in community health promotion and environmental interventions through his work as community programs coordinator for Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), program manager for Community Organizing for Obesity Prevention in Humboldt Park (CO-OP Humboldt Park) at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) and program manager at Vida/SIDA, an HIV/AIDS prevention and testing program of PRCC.

Kristen Salkas

Research Coordinator
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago

Phone: 312 413-1837
Email: ksalka2@uic.edu
Office: 1640 West Roosevelt Road

Kristen is a second-year PhD student in Disability Studies at UIC. She graduated with her MS in Disability and Human Development from UIC in 2013. She also works full-time as the Outreach Specialist for the RTA’s Travel Training Program teaching people with disabilities and seniors in the Chicagoland area about accessible transportation options. Her research interests include: Latinos and disability, spirituality and disability, accessible transit, disability theory in travel training, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Esmeralda Vazquez

Research Assistant
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois in Chicago

Phone: 312 413-1837
Email: evazqu3@uic.edu
Office: 1640 W Roosevelt Road, 705B

Esmeralda Vazquez is a licensed occupational therapist. She received her master’s of science in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently in her second year in the doctor of occupational therapy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Esmeralda is also the occupational therapist involved in the Promoting Participation study. She is responsible for developing and implementing a family-centered intervention plan that will help children with autism participate in meaningful activities. She works closely with community health workers so they may implement identified strategies with the families.