SSRC Staff 

Laura Gil-Trejo, M.P.H., M.A.
Director

Laura Gil-Trejo Laura Gil-Trejo, the Director of the Social Science Research Center at California State University, Fullerton, began her career at the Center when she was hired as a Research Associate in 2004. She was promoted to Associate Director in 2007 and to Acting Director in 2008 where she has maintained her position and grown the program in a very positive direction over the last three years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine; two Master's degrees-- one in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and the other in Public Health from San Diego State University; and is presently working towards her PhD in Program Evaluation and Applied Research Methods at the School of Behavioral Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University. Her teaching experience includes CSU Fullerton and Santiago Canyon College. Laura has several journal publications to her credit and has presented at both local and national conferences. Laura has written many professional technical reports including over two dozen reports for diverse programs including academic departments in most of CSUF's colleges and various research and service centers on campus. She has been consistently responsible for obtaining and managing grants and contracts that average over a million dollars each year.

Frederick Rose, M.P.H.
Research Operations Coordinator

Frederick Rose
Mr. Rose joined the SSRC in 2012 as a Project Manager and currently serves as Research Operations Coordinator. Frederick holds his Master's degree in Public Health from CSU Fullerton.  Prior to completing the program at CSUF, Mr. Rose obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Chapman University.  Frederick provides support in various steps of the research process, including survey instrument design and refinement, sample preparation and management, technical support with regard to survey programming and data management, as well as report production. Frederick is also involved in training SSRC interns and staff in these diverse aspects of the research process.

Lizette Sanchez, M.P.A.
Office Manager

Lizette Sanchez
Titan Excellence Award recipient Lizette Sanchez has been with the SSRC since 2001. Ms. Sanchez earned her B.A. degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton.  As the Office Manager, she provides administrative support and budgetary management. She also produces fiscal reports and projections, prepares payroll, supports fiscal and personnel transactions, and prepares and maintains all center records and reports regarding personnel and project accounts. Ms. Sanchez is also responsible for hiring and quality control  of the department's CATI-Lab.

Rachel Parker
Assistant Project Manager

Rachel Parker
Rachel Parker joined the SSRC in August 2017. She started her journey with the SSRC as an intern and is now an Assistant Project Manager for the center. Rachel has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Rachel manages project development, provides data management and research support, and assists with survey instrument design and refinement. Rachel also provides support and project management for evaluation projects. For these evaluations, Rachel is responsible for collecting, processing, and analyzing the data.

Julianna Chenot
Administrative Assistant

Julianna Chenot
Julianna Chenot began working as a telephone interviewer at the SSRC in April 2015. As the SSRC's Administrative Assistant, she provides broad support to management, staff, and the CATI Lab. Julianna is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at California State University Fullerton. She has a passion for health and fitness and hopes to pursue a career in the corporate fitness industry. She also plans to earn her Master’s degree in the field of Kinesiology.

CATI Lab Staff

The SSRC employs one  supervisor/training coordinator and three assistant supervisors to manage the center's 24-station telephone interviewing laboratory. Shift supervisors ensure compliance with CATI-Lab policies and procedures and maintain a consistently high standard for data collection. 

Vanessa Badia
Supervisor/Training Coordinator

Vanessa Badia
Vanessa is a fourth year Business Marketing student here at California State University, Fullerton. She joined the SSRC family in March of 2017 as a Telephone Interviewer and was promoted to Executive Interviewer April of 2018. She is now the Lead Assistant Supervisor/Training Coordinator. With her new position she hopes to help interviewers grow and confidently work in an ever changing environment.

Herllaine Asistio
Assistant Supervisor

Herllaine Asistio
Herllaine Asistio joined the SSRC in March of 2017 as a telephone interviewer. As of February 2018, she got promoted for the position of Assistant Shift Supervisor. She graduated with a B.S. in Health Science at CSUF in 2017 and is also a Health Scholar for St. Joseph’s of Orange. She aspires to work in the medical field as a Physician’s Assistant. Currently, she provides overall additional support to the staff and the interviewers. Her daily interactions with the patients and research participants alike have helped her become more well-rounded.

Michael Suarez
Assistant Supervisor

Michael Suarez
Michael Suarez joined the SSRC in March 2018 as a Telephone Interviewer and is currently Assistant Shift Supervisor as of September 2018. He provides support to staff and facilitates the needs of the CATI lab on a daily basis. Michael is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance at California State University, Fullerton. He hopes his experiences with the SSRC will allow him to undertake a variety of managerial responsibilities that will diversify his skills to face new challenges.

Jeffrey Sithi-Amnuai
Assistant Supervisor

Jeffrey Sithi-Amnuai
Jeffrey joined the SSRC in Fall 2017 as an SSRC intern. After spending some time as a Telephone Interviewer, he was promoted to the position of Assistant Supervisor in Fall 2018. He provides assitance to the Shift Supervisors, employing the knowledge he has gained during his tenure at the SSRC to maximize lab performance on all projects. Jeffrey graduated from CSUF with his Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a minor in English.

Telephone Interviewers/ 
Research Assistants

The SSRC's CATI-Lab consists of 80 telephone interviewers/research assistants. Telephone interviewers are hired to collect data in a consistently standardized manner. Telephone interviewers/research assistants may also conduct face-to-face interviews or assist with other research tasks.

SSRC Interviewers