Dr. Jennifer Alvidrez joined the ODP as a Health Scientist Administrator in August 2021. Dr. Alvidrez leads ODP efforts to strengthen research to address health disparities in disease prevention.
Before joining ODP, Dr. Alvidrez was a Program Official at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). In this role, she managed a diverse portfolio of research, capacity building, and training grants. Dr. Alvidrez also served as the Program Director for the NIMHD Centers of Excellence Program and initiatives on population health in the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands, on risk and resilience in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and on youth violence preventive interventions that address racism/discrimination.
Prior to the NIMHD, Dr. Alvidrez was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research addressed barriers to mental health care among racial and ethnic minority populations, mental health stigma, mental health treatment for crime victims, and minority inclusion in clinical research.
Dr. Alvidrez received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.