Cristina Gomez-Vidal

Cristina Gomez-VidalEducation

PhD (expected 2022)

University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
Dissertation Title: The Legal Reproduction of Infant Health Inequities in Unincorporated Communities
Committee: Dr. Anu Manchikanti Gómez (chair), Dr. Tina Sacks, Dr. Rachel Morello-Frosch

MSW (2018)

University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare 
Concentration: Management & Planning – Macro Practice

BA (2015)

University of California, Berkeley, College of Letters and Science 
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies Field
Minor: Public Policy

Research Interests

  • Health equity and social determinants of health
  • Political and social exclusion
  • Democratic governance and community participation
  • Race, place, and space and the rural-urban nexus
  • Mixed methods and small population science

Email:  cgomezvidal@berkeley.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Honors

2021 – 2022 | University of California Dissertation Year Fellowship ($27,000)

2020 – 2021 | Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley ($1,000)

2019 – 2020 | Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

2018 – 2022 | Health Policy Research Scholars, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($120,000)

2017 – 2018 |Latinx Center of Excellence Stipend Program Award, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley ($10,000)

2015 – Present | Phi Beta Kappa

2014 – 2015 | Robert and Colleen Haas Scholars Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley ($12,600)

Research Grants and Funding

2021 – 2022 | County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Research Grants, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Measuring County incorporation status for examination of racial and spatial health inequities
Role: Co-Investigator
$100,000

2020 – 2021 | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Dissertation Grant
The Legal Reproduction of Infant Health Inequities in Unincorporated Communities
Role: Principal Investigator
$9,600

2015 – 2016 | Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Grant, University of California, Berkeley
Underrepresented Student Research Ambassador Program
Role: Co-Project Lead
$11,500

Research Experience

2021- Present | Co-Investigator
County Health Rankings and Roadmap Program Research Grant
Measuring County incorporation status for examination of racial and spatial health inequities

  • Develop a spatial measure of incorporation status at the county level that may be used to examine racial and spatial health inequities within counties in two states: California and Texas.
  • Co-lead the formation of an advisory committee of national, state, and county stakeholders who will guide the development process of measure development.
  • Prepare white paper on measure development and scalability for all U.S. states in 2022-2023

2020 - Present | Principal Investigator
The Legal Reproduction of Infant Health Inequities in Unincorporated Communities
Dissertation Research

  • Conduct descriptive, multiple regression, and propensity score matching methods to examine birth data by incorporation status in the Central Valley.
  • Using constructivist grounded theory methods and in-depth interviews examine the impacts that incorporation status has on a community's ability to navigate a health crisis in Kings County

2021- Present | Research Assistant
Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program, University of California, Berkeley
Low Wage Work, Family Planning, and Stratified Reproduction in the Time of COVID-19
Principal Investigator: Gómez, A.M.

  • Conduct in-depth interviews
  • Code and analyze data
  • Assist with manuscript preparation

2019 - 2020 | Research Assistant
Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program, University of California, Berkeley
The Affordable Care Act and Access to Family Planning and Abortion in California's Central Valley: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study
Principal Investigator: Gómez, A.M.

  • Train community researchers on ethics and data collection

2019 – Present | Graduate Student Researcher
Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity Program, University of California, Berkeley
Latinas Preterm Birth Research Project, California Preterm Birth Initiative
Principal Investigator: Gómez, A. M.

  • Coordinate project, assist with conceptualization and description of data findings, and prepare manuscript

2018 - 2020 | Research Therapist
Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic – University of California, Berkeley
Parent Behavior Change Intervention
Principal Investigator: Allison Harvey

  • Pilot research therapy intervention with Parents using Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Behavioral Change Techniques
  • Work with research team on development of intervention

2016 - 2018 | Graduate Student Researcher
Mack Center for Nonprofit & Public Sector Management – University of California, Berkeley
County Contracts and Family Stabilization Projects
Primary Investigator: Carnochan, S., Das, A., & Austin, M. J. (2021).

  • In Depth Interviewing
  • Assist with Research Design
  • Code and Analyze Data
  • Literature Review and Concept Mapping

2014 - 2015 | Haas Scholar Researcher
Haas Scholar Independent Research Project – University of California, Berkeley
"Framing" China — Congressional Commissions' Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy"
Advisor: Gold, T.

  • Conduct topic modeling computation
  • Analyze text and code data
  • Conducted organizational interviews

2014 | Research Assistant
University of California, Berkeley
"Things Fall Apart: Prosperity, Faith, and Division within the African American Community"
Principal Investigators: Dr. Laura Stoker, Ph.D. and Jackie Bass

  • Determined the technology needs for research project utilizing Atlas.ti
  • Reviewed and evaluated code book for use on sermon transcripts

2013 | Research Assistant
University of California, Berkeley
"Human Rights Before the State: On Vico's Theory of Global Justice"
Principal Investigator: Dr. Renata Holub, Ph.D.

  • Led team of three research assistants on bibliographic research project
  • Conducted library search for resources in Spanish, French, Italian and English pertaining to Vico
  • Provided feedback on manuscript drafts

Publications

Peer-reviewed

Gomez-Vidal, C., & Gómez, A. M. (2021). Invisible and unequal: Unincorporated community status as a structural determinant of health. Social Science & Medicine, 114292.

Higgs, E., Gomez-Vidal, C., & Austin, M. J. (2018). Low-income nonresident fatherhood: A literature review with implications for practice and research. Families in Society, 99(2), 110-120.

Reports

Lee, D.M., Lizardo, R, St Onge, P. Gomez-Vidal, C., & Banh, T. (2008). "Naa Xini: Participacion Civica en Pro de la Salud Comunitaria de los Indigenas Migrante Curriculo Desarrollo por El Instituto Nacional para el Desarrollo de la Communidad". National Community Development Institute.

Gomez-Vidal, C., Hildebrand, C. et al. (2009). "Raising Our Voices Strengthening Our Communities: Advocacy Training to Build Skills and Confidence Case Studies Project", Funded by The California Endowment and prepared by the National Community Development Institute.

In preparation

Gomez-Vidal, C. Filling in the gap: The role of rural nonprofits in the absence of local government during a health crisis.

Gomez-Vidal, C. The government you don't need to know is the government you want. Expecting drinkable water to come out of your faucet and other municipal privileges.

Gomez-Vidal, C., Ren, C. Deconstructing insignificance: The Disaggregation of Data to Unincorporated Communities.

Gomez-Vidal, C. Infant health in California's rural unincorporated communities: A propensity score matched analysis of place.

Gomez-Vidal, C., Arcara, J., Gomez, A.M. & Baer, R. Heterogeneity in Birth Outcomes Among Latina Subgroups in California, 2013-17.

Cazares-Minero, M., Gomez-Vidal, C. Decolonizing mentorship through a framework of belongingness for ethnic minority graduate students.

Bakko, M., Cifuentes, A., Gomez-Vidal, C., Gutierrez, M., Irsheid, S., "Structural Competency as a Framework for Advancing Anti-Racist Social Work."

Bennet, A., Gómez, A.M., Gomez- Vidal, C., & Jain, Sagaree. (Waitlisted 2021). "Low Wage Work, Family Planning, and Stratified reproduction in the Time of COVID-19."

Peer-reviewed Conference Presentations

Cifuentes, Alberto, Gomez-Vidal, Cristina (Scheduled 2021). "Structural Competency as a Framework for Advancing Anti-Racist Social Work." Poster Presentation. CSWE Annual Program Meeting Orlando, Florida.

Cazares-Minero, Mayra, Gomez-Vidal, Cristina (Scheduled, 2021). "Decolonizing mentorship through a framework of belongingness for ethnic minority graduate students." CSWE Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, FL.

Gomez-Vidal, C., Gutierez, M., Roybal, K Whittaker, J, Williams, P. (October 2020). "Challenging Place and Power: A Discussion of Participatory Research methods to Transform Local Political Economies of Health." Podcast discussion at Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN.

Bakko, M., Cifuentes, A., Gomez-Vidal, C., Gutierrez, M., Irsheid, S., Roybal, K. (January 2020). Social Work and Health Equity: A Critical Framework for Building a Culture of Health. Roundtable discussion at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting. Washington DC.

Hernandez, J., Gomez-Vidal, C. (2020) Barriers to father engagement in the Child Welfare System. E-poster at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting. Washington DC.

Das, A., Carnochan, S., Liner-Jigamian, N., Gomez-Vidal, C., & Austin, Michael. (January 2019). "Client Experiences of Intensive Welfare to Work Services under California's Family Stabilization Program." Roundtable discussion at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Invited Public Presentations

Gomez-Vidal, Cristina (May 2005). "Addressing Teen Pregnancy in the Central Valley." Presented at Growing a Community Conference sponsored by Great Valley Center. Sacramento, California.

Gomez-Vidal, Cristina (April 2004). "Knowing Our Worth- Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advocacy." Presented at Latina Action Days sponsored by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality. Sacramento, California.

Gomez-Vidal, Cristina (November 2004). "Health Leadership. Making a Difference for Teens in the Valley." Presented at 8th Annual Latina Women's Conference sponsored by Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Fresno, California.

Health Leadership Roundtable Panel (April 29, 2003). Participated in panel at California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research Spring Conference. Fresno, California.

Teaching Interests

  • Public policy, Social policy, Social determinants of health
  • Macro social work, Qualitative methods,
  • Introduction to social work practice

Teaching Experience

2018-2020 | Graduate Student Instructor
SOCIAL WELFARE 114 Practice in Social Work

  • Served as Teaching Instructor in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, and Fall 2020
  • Facilitated training and development of the Human Centered Design Non-Profit Challenge
  • Conducted course lectures on Community research and evaluation, social work Ethics, Organizational Assessment and Intervention Module

2019 | Graduate Student Instructor
SOCIAL WELFARE 274 Immigrants and Refugees in the U.S.

  • Conducted guest lecture on "Advocacy Partnerships: Strengths- Based Immigrant Communities approach to Building Community Partnerships."

Academic Service

2015 - Present | Co-Founder
Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC), University of California Berkeley
Established UROC with Nalya Rodriguez through an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Grant. Program provides peer support for students of color who wish to or are currently conducting research on campus.

2020 - Present | Advisory Board Member
Latinx Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health Advisory Board, University of California Berkeley

2018 - 2019 | Doctoral Student Representative
Doctoral Curriculum Committee

2017 - 2019 | Doctoral Student Representative
Equity and Inclusion Committee

Practice and Professional Experience

2017-2018 | Continuous Quality Improvement Analyst Intern
Alameda County Social Services Agency, Department of Children and Family Services
Assisted with the evaluation of child welfare projects including the Therapeutic Guidance for Infants and Families: Using Multi-Family Groups as an Extension of Child-Parent Psychotherapy & projects assessing work with cross-over youth.

2005-2015 | Senate Public Member
State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs- Physician Assistant Board
Sacramento, CA
As a member of the Physician Assistant Board, we served to protect consumers of California through licensing, approving physician assistant training programs, and enforcement of the laws governing the Physician Assistant Practice Act.

2007-2012 | Lead Trainer
National Community Development Institute (NCDI)
Oakland, CA
Served as a Lead Trainers for National Community Development Institute's Advocating for Change Modules as part of The California Endowment's Health Exchange Academy throughout the State of California. We provided capacity building for TCE grantees and introduced participants to the world of advocacy as it specifically relates to public health issues.

2005-2012 | Trainer, Teen Pregnancy & Advocacy
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)
Los Angeles, CA
Train annually Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)'s 33 state leadership participants on teen pregnancy prevention policy issues and how to successfully advocate at the national level.

2007-2012 | Madera County Program Director
Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP)
California State University - Central California Center for Health and Human Services
Madera County Central California
Fresno, CA
Worked with community residents, policy makers, and agencies to address the environmental
factors and systems that affect active living and healthy eating. CCROPPP is working to support access to healthy affordable foods and access to physical activity by advancing policy and systems and promoting smart growth policies.

2007-2009 | Lead Trainer
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena
Fresno, CA
Consultant for Curriculum Development
Co-designed curriculum as part of National Community Development Institute. Curriculum was developed for Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno (CBDIO). The curriculum designed for the Naa Xini Leaders was a ten-module training for Indigenous populations that was co-created with CBDIO based on cultural values that build the capacity of community leaders to address health and social justice issues in their community. The Curriculum is being piloted in Fresno and Madera Counties. Consultant for Case Studies, 2009

2000-2007 | Adolescent Health Coordinator
Darin M. Camarena Health Centers, Inc.
Madera, CA
Served as a coordinator and provided oversight over several key grants including co-coordinating a $1.9 million Grant Projects funded by The California Endowment. Developed teen friendly services and protocols through the health clinic. Responsible for hiring and supervision of grant staff and volunteers, grant management, reporting.

Leadership Experience

2014-2015 | Golden Key President, University of California Berkeley

2006- 2012 | City of Madera Vision 2020 Steering Committee Member

2010- 2012 | City of Madera Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Committee

2010-2012 | City of Madera Planning Advisory Steering Committee

2006- 2012 | Sherman Thomas Charter School Board Member

2006 |Central Valley Health Leadership Policy Institute

2004 | Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Program

Skills and Training

Qualitative:

  • Constructive Grounded Theory
  • Rapid Qualitative Methods
  • Photovoice
  • Focus Groups and In-depth Interviewing
  • Software: MAXQDA, Dedoose

Quantitative:

  • Multiple Linear Regression
  • Computational Text Analysis- Topic Modeling
  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • Causal Inference
  • ArcGIS
  • Software: R, Stata

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Hispanas Organized for Political Equality