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Designing Research explores collaborative and participatory ways of “doing” research. Designing Research offers ways of "being" in research that brings a sense of attentiveness, relationality, and connection to research that are useful and productive as a daily practice.
We are excited to be working together to co-create with you this conversational and learning space around designing research with social construction principles. We met as Taos Associates and our relationship emerged out of opportunities to engage in practices of inquiry and co-construction.
I’m a lecturer, researcher and practitioner working at the interface of psychology, healthcare, community building, education and organizational development. My work focuses on relational forms of practices creating a more effective means of collaboration and decision making. I’m interested in exploring how individuals can come together through dialogic relations - improving interaction and collaboration. I’m also very focused on participatory ways of developing research such as community practices, arts-based research, narrative research and storytelling.
I hold a Ph.D. from my native Brazil at the University of Sao Paulo. While completing my doctoral dissertation I had a co-advisor, Sheila McNamee, from the University of New Hampshire, where I spent one year working on issues of dialogue and healthcare. I am a Lecturer and Research Coordinator at the Imagineering Academy - NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences.
I believe that magic can happen when people come together around issues they care deeply about.
I embrace transformative dialogic and relational models, tapping into and strengthening relational resources that help to propel social innovation. I work in communities around issues of social justice and equity. I am intersted in learning how through relational and collaborative practices we can promote healing, collective agency, community capacity, and resilience across the lifespan.
I am a practitioner, a professor, a researcher, and a learner. Most importantly, I am a wife and parent of four, who teach me all the time how to be the best person I can be. I hold a Ph.D. from Tilburg University and an MBA from the University of California, Davis. I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Dominican University, Graduate School of Social Work in River Forest, Illinois.