RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Public Health, Community Intervention Research
Area(s) of Expertise:
Child Disability, Family Caregiving, Health Literacy
Carmen Gómez Mandic is Associate Director of Research & Evaluation at the Marian Wright Edelman Institute at San Francisco State University. Her work involves a mix of research, program evaluation, and community building activities around early childhood health, development, and education. Her current research projects include a survey of parents of children with medical complexity due to multiple chronic conditions and a qualitative study exploring experiences of gay fathers raising children with special needs. She is working with colleagues to develop new research aimed at health literacy promotion among Head Start Family Advocates and Latino families’ improved access to/engagement with early childhood developmental services. Carmen earned her ScD in July 2008 from the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, with a focus on community intervention research. Prior to her doctoral studies, Carmen received her MPH in Health Promotion from San Diego State University, and her BA in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. Carmen’s doctoral research focused on parental/caregiver literacy and social participation among children and youth with disabilities. As a RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Carmen collaborated with researchers at UW Madison on studies relating to the health and financial well-being of aging family caregivers of children with developmental disabilities, and continues to work with fellow RWJF alumnus Beth McManus on their study of family caregiving work in an effort to advance family support policies and programs.