CODE Zika Brazil

People

Data and Fieldwork Team

Laís Picinini Freitas (M.A. in Epidemiology in Public Health, National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca) is the Decode Zika Data Analyst. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology in Public Health at the National School of Public Health Sergio Arouca, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil. Her research investigates the spatial and spatio-temporal distribution of arboviral diseases in a triple epidemic scenario (dengue, Zika and chikungunya) and its relationship with environmental and socioeconomic characteristics. Laís' research interests include epidemiology, statistical methods, modelling, Bayesian analysis and public health.


Ana Paula Portella (Ph.D. in Sociology, Federal University of Pernambuco) is the Decode Zika Fieldwork Director. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Catholic University of Pernambuco. She has coordinated and integrated various research teams using quantitative and qualitative methods, including national and international multi-site investigations, on topics such as reproductive health and sexual rights, gender, violence against women and public security. She has also developed and applied educational approaches for working across genders and coordinated training processes for diverse audiences, including training public servants in the areas of health, security, justice and policies for women. Beyond her work with Decode Zika, she is currently a researcher at the Center for Studies on Public Security Policies at the Federal University of Pernambucoand and is an independent consultant for the development and monitoring of projects and public policies in the areas mentioned above. 


Mariana Azevedo (M.A. in Sociology, Federal University of Pernambuco) is a Decode Zika Fieldwork Supervisor. She is a Ph.D. student in Social Sciences at the State University of Campinas and a researcher at its Gender Studies Center (PAGU). She also holds an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco. She has participated in research projects on sexual and reproductive health, feminism, gender and masculinities.


Jussara Bernardo (M.A. in Social Work, Federal University of Pernambuco) is a Decode Zika Fieldwork Supervisor. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the State University of Ceará. She has experience as a Field Research Supervisor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in partnership with the Federal University of Pernambuco, the State University of Pernambuco, and the State Secretary of Health of Pernambuco. Her area of expertise is ​​social work, with an emphasis on ethical-political projects, feminism and abortion.


Maria de Fátima Coelho (B.A. in Social Work, Catholic University of Pernambuco) is a Decode Zika Fieldwork Supervisor. She also holds a specialization in Public Health from the University of Pernambuco. She has extensive research experience. She participated in two studies organized by the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation on the socio-economic situation of the 1998 drought in the Northeast of Brazil (Pernambuco and Piauí) and on the rural social security system in the States of Pernambuco, Paraíba, Alagoas and Sergipe. She also took part in the study sponsored by the World Health Organization and coordinated in Brazil by the University of São Paulo and non-governmental organization SOS CORPO “Women's Health and Life Experiences (first and second part)” and the “Women's Health Sexuality and Race” organized by the  Federal University of Minas Gerais and SOS CORPO. She has worked as a social worker for the Pernambuco Penitentiary System in the city of Paulista, Pernambuco, Brazil and in a referral center for women victims of violence of Secretariat on Policies for Women. 


Amanda Domingos (M.A. in Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuco) is a Decode Zika Fieldwork Supervisor. She is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science department at the Federal University of Pernambuco. Her research interests are in legislative particularism, intergovernmental relations and transparency in social sciences. She is also Executive Director of Methods on the Agenda, an academic initiative that seeks to spread the importance of methods and transparency in social sciences and correlated fields. Amanda is also a Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences catalyst and member of the TIER Hub in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. She also received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the Federal University of Pernambuco.


Laura Patrício (M.A. in Sociology, Federal University of Pernambuco) is a Decode Zika Fieldwork Supervisor. She also holds two Bachelor's degrees: one in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco and one in Law from the Federal University of Paraíba. She is a board certified lawyer by the Brazilian Bar Association. Her academic and professional experience focuses mainly on the sociology of crime and violence. Her Master's thesis investigated homicide configurations in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. Her most recent academic work was her honors thesis in law on the perception of jurors in João Pessoa (Paraíba, Brazil) about the applicability of the death penalty in Brazil.


 Fieldwork team in action in Brazil