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Ana Teixeira, PhD

Research Associate/ Evaluation

Ana Teixeira develops research and evaluation projects in the areas of Adult Protective Services, Aging, Quality Assurance, Child Welfare, and other social programs targeting vulnerable populations. She has extensive expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, data collection and instrument design, management of complex datasets, statistical modeling and qualitative data analysis.

Ana has worked as a teacher and as a researcher in the areas of aging, decision-making processes applied to health and well-being, citizens’ access to social programs and services, work and quality of life, and immigration. She has published her research in Ethnicity & Health, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, among others.

Ana worked previously at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health and the Office for the Study of Aging as a Research Assistant Professor, and as a Lecturer and Researcher at the Open University of Portugal. Additionally, she also taught at USC Beaufort, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the UNC’s Friday Center for Continuing Education. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Intercultural Relations from the Open University of Portugal, and a BA in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon.

Ana strives to develop research and evaluation projects that sustain and guide the development of programs and policies aiming to improve the health and socio-economic well-being of vulnerable populations.