College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Dr. Maria Alejandra Pinero de Plaza, Ph.D., is a scientist facilitating healthy living and better public health services. Dr. Pinero de Plaza strengthens researchers, clinicians, industry, and consumers' abilities to design, measure, and accomplish different health and social impacts. Her experience in mix-methods, experimental design, and evaluation helps her identify and demonstrate how interventions, healthcare services, and technology can provide better choice, inclusion, voice, justice, health, and wellbeing. She engages stakeholders as co-researchers because she believes they are fundamental for developing and implementing transdisciplinary evidence-based solutions to address complex and adaptive health and care problems. She is passionate about care and social networks, technology, and methods influencing behavioral change.
Over the last two years and the emerging, Dr. Pinero de Plaza has been:
Currently, Research Fellow. Caring Futures Institute, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Flinders University.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Adelaide/ Flinders University (2019-2021); NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence.
Doctor of Philosophy, Field of Research 111712 –Health Promotion; SEO: 920401- Behaviour and Health. Funded: Australian Postgraduate Award. Deakin University (2013-2017).
Master of Marketing Science, upgraded to Ph.D., Funded: Australian Postgraduate Award and a top-up scholarship from MARS/UNISA. University of South Australia (2010-2013).
Postgraduate training: Social Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Religion, and Ecology. Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC). Advanced Studies Centre (2004-2006).
Licentiate, a degree equivalent in Australian standards to a master's in Mass Communication as it includes 1-year research thesis embedded into a 5-year coursework degree, which is one step below a doctorate - under European standards - (Social Communication, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising) Andrés Bello Catholic University (1993-1998).
Dr. Pinero de Plaza has been impacting the consumer engagement processes with health research. She:
The Health Consumer Advisory/Advocacy Network of South Australia (Health CAN SA - the Network) is a group of health consumers who believe the people who pay for, fund, and use health services in South Australia should be able to inform and influence how those services are designed and delivered. The Network recognizes and promotes the strong body of evidence that partnering with health consumers ensures greater access and equity, and safety and quality health care, and improves health outcomes.
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