Giannina is an accomplished researcher with a longstanding commitment to helping community organizations better understand their capacity and impact. She is particularly skilled at approaches that support complex, systems or community-based innovations (such as developmental evaluation) and using culturally and developmentally appropriate methods to engage a diverse stakeholders (such as community-based participatory research methods). Giannina balances this interest in innovation with strong technical expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, ethnographic observations, outcome monitoring, design and implementation of surveys and focus groups, logic model and theory of change development, and group facilitation. Giannina is fluent in Spanish.
Prior to joining Harder+Company in 2013, Giannina was an evaluator for The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project at Michigan State University. She also worked at the Michigan Department of Community Health to assess the capacity of its grantees to provide HIV interventions. Previously, Giannina was a research assistant at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Giannina has published multiple articles about sexual assault and mental health in peer-reviewed journals like City and Community, the American Journal of Community Psychology, and Psychology of Women Quarterly. During her free time, Giannina enjoys cooking Italian and Peruvian food, going to the beach, and spending quality time with her family.
- PhD, Community Psychology, Michigan State University
- Master of Arts, Psychological Research, California State University, Long Beach
Areas of Expertise
- Behavioral Health
- Early Childhood
- Intimate Partner Violence