marizaidasanchezMarizaida Sanchez

Dr. Sánchez-Cesáreo has worked in the area of violence prevention since 1989. Her areas of interest include promotion of evidence-based practices, capacity building, design and evaluation of prevention programs. 

She received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Community sub-specialty in women's studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. From 1993 to 2007 she lived in Chicago, Illinois, USA where she worked with violence prevention at the state and municipal level and with community-based organizations such as Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, Illinois Center for Violence Prevention, Illinois Battered Women Coalition, Chicago Battered Women Coalition, Mayor's Office for Domestic Violence, Chicago Abused Women Coalition, South West Women Working Together, and Women's Counseling Center.  From 2003 to 2005 Dr. Sánchez-Cesáreo worked at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, directing the technical assistance team for the Connect-To-Protect Intiative of the Adolescents Trial Network-NICHD .

Dr. Sánchez-Cesáreo has expertise in the areas of "capacity building," technical assistance, and evidence-based interventions . She has worked on several initiatives of capacity building focused on issues of: HIV / AIDS, youth violence, substance abuse and homelessness, including Chicago HIV Prevention Demonstration Project Evaluation-AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Evaluation Resource Institute Training & Coaching Services; Illinois Violence Prevention Authority/Illinois Center for Violence Prevention; Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions Project- Centers for Disease Control / American Psychological Association; Connect To Protect Project, Adolescent Trials Network - NICHD; and Illinois SPF -SIG -Division of Community Health & Prevention, Illinois Department of Human Services. Dr . Sánchez-Cesáreo has worked with over 40 organizations including public, private, and non-profit .

Since 2008 Dr. Sánchez-Cesáreo joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Public Health at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. There she serves a dual role as Associate Professor of the Master of Evaluation of Health Programs and directs the Division of Community Services (DSC) of the Center for Evaluation & Sociomedical Research. As director of DSC, Dr. Sanchez-Cesáreo leads an interdisciplinary team of program consultants and evaluators who provide services to community-based organizations, government agencies and universities in Puerto Rico and Illinois. Since its inception in April 2007, the DSC has developed a diverse portfolio in 11 thematic areas: Education; Physical and Mental Health; Biomedical and Translational Sciences; Substance Use Prevention; Pregnancy Prevention; HIV / Sexually Transmitted Infections; Violence Prevention; Early Childhood Development; Mentoring; and Traffic Safety; Capacity Building. Currently DSC has a portfolio of 30 active projects.