Cristell Perez, MPH
Research Assistant II
Cristell Perez, MPH is a Research Assistant II for the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance and Support Program (TMFW-TASP). She joined the Center as a Graduate Research Assistant in 2016 with the TMFW-TASP. Her new role focuses on research project management, data collection and analysis, social media engagement, external communication and media relations, and report writing.
Her background spans the fields of medical anthropology, gender inequity, and public health. Specifically, her interests lie in advancing human rights using a life course approach. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Austin focusing on Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health. Prior to that, Cristell studied Anthropology and the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality for her BA at Rice University. While at Rice, she traveled to Ecuador to work with two nonprofits focusing on reproductive health, sexual minorities, and HIV/AIDS. She then spent a semester abroad conducting preliminary qualitative research focusing on maternal and child health in India, South Africa, and Brazil.
When not at work, Cristell enjoys air hockey, paddle boarding, engaging in activism, cooking, and bonding with family and friends.
The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance Program was established to provide technical assistance and support to worksites across the state of Texas who are seeking Mother-Friendly designation, a designation which demonstrates a basic level of support for nursing mothers in the workplace