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Misa Alquicira

Research Associate for the South Carolina National Youth in Transition Database (SC NYTD)

The SC NYTD team collects information on South Carolina youth in care who receive independent living (IL) services and supports from the Department of Social Services (DSS). The team survey youth about their thoughts and experiences of the IL services they receive and documents, tracks, and monitors this information as they transition into their adult lives. Misa’s primary roles on the team consist of conducting interviews with the youth and overseeing the financial and dissemination process of research incentives. 

Misa holds a master’s degree in Public Health and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina. She also has her CITI Social and Behavioral Research Certification. She has conducted numerous in-depth and phone interviews with minority populations, coordinated study procedures and managed data for a childhood obesity prevention study, assisted on an evaluation of a community health worker curriculum and helped develop a skills-based curriculum for a community-based afterschool program.

Misa believes in advocating for the physical, social and emotional well-being of children and families through research practice, with the faith that people’s stories, coupled with hard data, will drive change in policy and practice.