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Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez, PhD, MPH

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Measuring and Identifying Multilevel Influences on Sleep (MIMIS): Observational study of sleep in Latinx children, ages 10-12 years old. This project aims to identify individual, social and environmental ifluences on sleep. Data collection will commence in late spring 2020. Research assistants work on recruiting participants, data collection and entry, and study tracking. Measures include survey (psychological distress, sleep quality, sleep preferences), accelerometry (objective sleep measurement), pedometry (activity levels), 24-hour recalls (dietary intake), ecological momentary assessment (via mobile phones) and body measures (body fat).


Also have data available on which to conduct secondary analyses. Variables are related to obesity in minority youth populations, including obesity-related behaviors (e.g., diet, physical activity, sleep), psychosocial correlates of health behavior (e.g., stress, anxiety, depressive symptoms, acculturation), metabolic data (e.g., blood pressure, insulin resistance), and adiposity indicators (e.g., BMI, fat%).


All research aims to address health disparities in the community. 


I grew up in Santa Ana, CA and completed my BA in Psychology at CSULB. I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in the COR program, which is similar to BUILD--because of that experience and preparation, I was accepted to PhD programs straight from my undergrad. I completed my graduate work at USC in the Department of Preventive Medicine. I have been at CSULB as a professor since 2011. 


I've had the pleasure of mentoring four BUILD trainees; working one-on-one with students is one of the best parts of my job as a faculty member :)