Magaela is pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. An Augusta, GA native, Magaela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, a minor in Africana Studies, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University. While at Peabody, she has worked in Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Rural Families and Communities on the Pathways to African American Success (PAAS) family-based preventive intervention program targeting parent-child relationships and other youth risk and protective factors. More recently, she served as study coordinator for the VUMC Center for Health Services Research on a project to evaluate the usability of Internet-delivered intervention designed to promote medication adherence in patients with type-2 diabetes (T2DM). She has also coordinated two web usability studies for The Graduate School at Vanderbilt.
Magaela has also worked with the Black Entertainment Television (BET) – American Psychological Association (APA) Research Collaborative to develop and implement evidence-based strategies for health communication for African American teens related to sex, sexual health and HIV/STD prevention. Her primary research interests involve exploring how youth experience and engage new media and digital technology, and how it impacts their health and behavior. At Peabody, Magaela conducts research in low-income, African American communities through the H.O.P.E. Project, under the supervision of Dr. William L. Turner. Upon graduation, she plans to continue research informing the development of health interventions that leverage digital technology and media for youth. Magaela is an aspiring foodie and music connoisseur and loves participating in Twitter chats.