Originally from Germany, Susanne Van Weelden has lived in El Paso, Texas for the last eight years and attended graduate school there prior to joining the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. She holds an undergraduate degree in zoology from NCSU, an MS in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in neuroscience from UTEP, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in healthcare administration. As an Ambassador and breast cancer survivor, she recognizes the need for patient representation and advocacy. Consequently, she works toward bringing researchers, stakeholders, and patients together to promote multidisciplinary research that is patient centered and truly represents issues that patients find important. It is her goal to work as a liaison and resource for all those involved in patient care and research. She also seeks to improve the health of the El Paso population, support innovative approaches to medical care, and advance research in a meaningful way.
- PCORI’s Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options Funding Priority
- PCORI’s Improving Healthcare Systems Funding Priority
- PCORI’s Addressing Disparities Funding Priority
- Health and healthcare outcomes of racial and ethnic minority groups
- Health and healthcare outcomes of low-income groups
- Health and healthcare outcomes of women
- Health and healthcare outcomes of individuals with low health literacy/numeracy and limited English proficiency