Degree Status: Doctoral Student
Department: Health Policy & Managment
Academically speaking: Richard began a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy & Management, with a focus in Health Systems Research in Fall 2018. He has a Master of Education in Research, Measurement, and Evaluation from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University.
Professionally speaking: He has collaborated with many faculty, staff, and students over the years as a tutor, and currently collaborates with the Department of Veterans Affairs and departmental faculty on several ongoing research projects.
Regarding research: Richard’s research interests are in creating and validating surveys and psychometric tools, geriatrics, educational research, mental health research, teaching and learning strategies, and health systems research approaches towards informing policy and improving health.
Personally speaking: To the future students applying here – as the program will inevitably challenge you, take time for yourself, and remember why you are doing this in the first place. Take ownership of your adversities, but externalize the turmoil and duress you will face, because that is not you. This will be, and is, unequivocally, irrevocably, and deeply challenging. But you owe it to yourself, and to all those you will help with your work, to pursue the best version of yourself, and try as best you can, to always push forward. Good luck and be well.