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Meet the Staff: The Research Assistants

The Research Assistants on the California Teachers Study help with the essential tasks of keeping our projects and team running. They receive calls at our call center, respond to participant inquiries, and recruit participants who are eligible to participate in new projects. Read more about them below!

Meet Cynthia!

What I do on the CTS: My primary role on the California Teachers Study is helping with recruitment for new projects. I reach out to study participants once our team has sent them letters and/or emails letting them know about a new project. My job is to explain our research goals for the project and let participants know how their involvement can help. I also contact and collect critical data from hospital medical records throughout the LA county area.

When I joined: I began working on the California Teachers Study in 2012. Prior to that, I have worked with multi-site studies which have included partnerships with St. Jude's and the Center for Disease Control.

A fun fact about me: I have been hot air ballooning once. I have also attended the Albuquerque Balloon Festival in New Mexico.

Meet Sandy!

What I do on the CTS: My primary role on the CTS is to provide support to the Study Administrators which has provided some fluidity in the tasks I oversee—filling in where I am most needed. My current, and favorite, focus is to receive and respond to communication from participants like you who reach out to us via the Contact Us form on our website, our direct CTS email, or our 1-800 number. I am continually blown away by how amazing our participants are!

When I joined: I joined the California Teachers Study as a Clinical Research Assistant in March 2014, during the CTS Biospecimens Project. At the time, we had field staff making visits to the CTS participants for blood draws and my primary role was to support the phlebotomists and to manage daily office tasks.

A fun fact about me: In May of last year, my husband and I welcomed our son, Rigby, into our family. He is a sweet and funny little boy who has forever captured our hearts.

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