This fall the Mixed Methods program was delighted to welcome Dr. Analay Perez as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine. She states that the mission of the MMP really resonates with her as an applied research methodologist “seeking to promote mixed methods research through multiple outlets.” Dr. Perez recently finished her doctoral training with a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education with a concentration in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As someone who conducts research to methodologically advance mixed methods, Dr. Perez attended the 2021 Designing or Conducting a Mixed Methods Dissertation workshop.
Dr. Perez’s focus is the legitimation of mixed methods studies, particularly in the context of research on psychological interventions and interventions for children with learning disabilities in educational settings. Her most recent work addresses the sampling, recruitment, and retention challenges of these studies, aiming to enhance the representation of individuals with disabilities and from underrepresented groups. One of Dr. Perez’s proudest academic accomplishments was when her first first-authored publication was accepted by the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, an article stemming from her Master’s thesis. She states that “process taught me the power of perseverance and the importance of advancing science and practice as a team.”
While a postdoc Dr. Perez is collaborating on a variety of mixed methods research projects that aim to improve health outcomes and treatment delivery. These include working with Dr. Susan Murphy on the qualitative phase of a mixed methods study that explores community health workers’ experiences in Dr. Murphy’s Best Practices for Research course. She is also collaborating with Dr. Eric Brandt on a study focused on the overall health outcomes of SNAP participants with cardiovascular disorders and how they navigate medical and nutritional needs. With MMP co-director Dr. Tim Guetterman and Dr. Lorraine Buis, she is working on a study that looks at the healthcare experiences and perceptions of complex care patients and their caregivers.
Outside of work Dr. Perez enjoys exercising, cooking and especially trying new baking recipes to share with family and friends.