Margarita Gonzalez

Program Manager
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Ms. Gonzalez is a Research Associate at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and has cultural competency training and project management experience. Her experience is multi-faceted; shaped by her involvement in the development and implementation of projects/programs in public health, health education and wellness, international affairs, emergency preparedness and disaster response. Ms. Gonzalez has an advanced degree in International Affairs from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia with an emphasis in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Ms. Gonzalez has applied her cross-cultural and bilingual skills, as well as her international experience in developing cultural competency training and resources for medical providers and their staff as it pertains to various cultural understandings of disease causation. She has supported local organizations such as Health Access Initiative and the Good News at Noon Clinic in Gainesville, Georgia in helping to provide contextualized chronic disease prevention and management education for Latinos in Hall County. Currently, Ms. Gonzalez is the Principal Investigator for the GTRI-Department of Community Health (DCH) research program. She leads a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary team comprised of user experience designers, developers, business and policy analysts. This team conducts user-centered research for the purposes of: (1) identifying users? information needs, (2) translating user needs into requirements, (3) and designing comprehensive Health IT solutions. Additionally, Ms. Gonzalez is the Program Manager for the Georgia Tech-Children?s Healthcare of Atlanta Asthma Initiative. The GT-Children?s research collaboration aims to partner GT/GTRI researchers with clinical researchers from Emory School of Medicine and Children?s to tackle pediatric asthma research problems while working closely with state government partners and nonprofit pediatric health organizations in Georgia.