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  • Maria Merino

    Maria Merino

    Research Assistant

    SVRC Intern

    Maria Merino graduated in June 2022 with her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience from University of California, San Diego and has returned to work at our office as a research assistant. She will also be responsible for pre-screening and identifying participants for our current studies from our internal database, incoming referrals from social media ads, incoming referrals from the community and central recruitment campaigns. She is also assisting with administrative day to day research tasks and working with the study coordinators, other research assistants and director of research to assist with anything they need. She will also assist with administering rater scales on participants for various studies and maintaining and updating electronic regulatory for various studies as well as assisting and overseeing the electronic source for various studies within our CTMS. Maria has been trained on and assist with collecting blood samples from our subjects, processing blood and urine specimen for our studies and assists with vital sign, height and weight, blood pressure and EKG collection and data collection. She has also been trained to administer various cognitive and rater assessments on participants in various studies when she was an intern at UCSD and at SVRC. She started out with us in Mid-January 2021 as an intern who volunteered a few days/hours a week but had to go back in person to UCSD to finish her degree in April 2021. Maria has some clinical research experience first as an intern in 2021 at SVRC and then as an intern at UCSD, she is a certified Medical Assistant as of August 2020. Maria graduated with her High School Diploma from Calexico High School in June 2019 and is fluent (Speaks, reads, and writes) in Spanish.


    Bernardo Ng M.D.

    Investigador Principal y Evaluadora (Psiquiatra)

    Ernesto Tiznado, M.D.

    Board Certified Pediatric Neurologist

    Manjusha Kurada, M.D.

    Board Certified Psychiatrist

    Aksel Narvaez

    DNP, FNP-C

    Erike Apolinar, LMFT

    Sub-Investigator & Rater (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist)

    Judy Galindo, CCRC

    Director of Research (Certified Clinical Research Coordinator)

    Leslie Michelle Dowling

    Bilingual Clinical Research Coordinator & Phlebotomist

    Rossy Sanchez

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Leslie Ruiz

    Research Assistant and Pre-Screener/Recruiter

    Emilia Alcala

    Bilingual Research Assistant at Sun Valley Research Center

    Adolfo Ng

    Research Assistant

    Inga Avagyan

    Clinical Research Contractor

    Javier Avendano

    Bilingual Research Assistant at Sun Valley Research Center