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Maternal Child Health

What we do


The Maternal and Child Health Translational Research Team (MCHTRT) is a committed, collaborative group of community partners, advocates, practitioners, decision-makers, students, staff and faculty who co-create and advance research, training, and practice that improves maternal child health outcomes and health equity in Arizona.

Our team leads

Cady Berkel, PhD

Cady Berkel, PhD

Associate Professor

Cady Berkel is an Associate Professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, and is affiliated faculty with ASU's REACH Institute. She received her bachelor's from George Washington University and doctorate from the University of Georgia. Berkel focuses on reducing health disparities (including substance use, mental health, HIV and other STIs, and obesity) through research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings, health care and court systems. She also conducts basic research on risk (e.g., discrimination and poverty) and resilience (e.g., racial/ethnic socialization, identity, and cultural values) mechanisms associated with health disparities.
 

Corrie Whisner, PhD

Corrie Whisner, PhD

Associate Professor

Corrie Whisner is an Associate Professor of Nutrition in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Her journey in MCH began as an undergraduate research assistant on studies aiming to improve child and adolescent bone health. She is fascinated by periods of rapid growth and development and eager to understand how nutrition and the microbiome interact to help mothers and children stay healthy and thrive.

Liz Alonso, BS

Liz Alonso, BS

Coordinator

Liz Alonso is an Implementation Coordinator at the REACH Institute (Department of Psychology) and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. She joined ASU in 2017 with a background in parent education, child development, community resources, case management and care coordination. One of the concentrations in her current role is to engage and maintain partnerships for the Maternal Child Health Translational Research Team (MCHTRT, a network of community members, faculty and staff with an interest in Maternal Child Health) and the Family Check Up® 4 Health program (FCU4Health, a health promotion program).
 

Where we work

College of Health Solutions

We are engaging with women, children and families all over Arizona. We’d love to collaborate with you! Please join our community of practice by completing our membership interest form and always feel free to contact us with needs, ideas, and other inquiries at MCHTRT@asu.edu.