Marielena Lara is a physician and policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where she leads or collaborates in a wide range of health services and public health projects. As a multilingual and multicultural researcher, she is an expert in program development and policy initiatives to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in disease and health care, with particular attention to socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors affecting health outcomes, and the use of community- and evidence-based health interventions to improve health and welfare. Dr. Lara has experience in epidemiology and chronic disease management, child health and policy, health and quality of life survey measures, and technology assessment. She has served on multiple national-level technical and advisory panels and is an experienced multilingual communicator to research, policy, and community audiences. Dr. Lara earned her B.S. in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), her M.P.H. from the the University of California, Los Angeles, and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School / MIT Division of Health Sciences Technology. She is also an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.
Lara, M., et al., "Reducing Quality-of-Care Disparities in Childhood Asthma La Red De Asma Infantil Intervention in San Juan, Puerto Rico," Pediatrics, 131(1):S26-S37, 2013
Lara, M., et al., "Balancing "Fidelity" and Community Context in the Adaptation of Asthma Evidence-Based Interventions in the "real World"," Health Promotion Practice, 12(6):63S-72S, 2011
Lara, M., et al., "Heterogeneity of Childhood Asthma Among Hispanic Children: Puerto Rican Children Bear a Disproportionate Burden," Pediatrics, 117(1):43-53, 2006
Lara, M., et al., "Acculturation and Latino Health in the United States," Annual Review of Public Health, 2005
Lara, M., et al., "Improving Childhood Asthma Outcomes in the United States: A Blueprint for Policy Action," Pediatrics, 109(5), 2002
Lara, M., et al., "An English and Spanish Pediatric Asthma Symptom Scale," Medical Care, 38:342-350, 2000