Gabriela Alvarado

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.D., University of Costa Rica; M.P.H., London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; M.A. in anthropology, Georgia State University


Gabriela Alvarado is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has an M.P.H. from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an M.A. in anthropology from Georgia State University, and a medical degree from the University of Costa Rica.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she worked in primary health care delivery, the health nonprofit sector, and state government. Her research interests include women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, adolescent health, social determinants of health, and the intersection of culture and health.

Selected Publications

Maria Gabriela Alvarado and David A. Schwartz, "Zika Virus Infection in Pregnancy, Microcephaly, and Maternal and Fetal Health: What We Think, What We Know, and What We Think We Know," Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 141(1), 2017

Gabriela Alvarado and Jorge Benavides-Rawson "From Dengue to Zika: Environmental and Structural Risk Factors for Child and Maternal Health in Costa Rica Among Indigenous and Nonindigenous Peoples," in David A. Schwartz, Maternal Death and Pregnancy-Related Morbidity Among Indigenous Women of Mexico and Central America, Springer, 2018