Maria Mayan, PhD
Associate Director, Women and Children’s Health
Associate Professor, Faculty of Extension
Areas of Expertise
- Qualitative inquiry
- Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
- Collaboration and Policy
- Studying and Developing Qualitative Research Methods
- Addressing Poverty and other Forms of Disparity
Maria is a community-based researcher and a qualitative methodologist. Her community-based research interests are in the area of partnerships and knowledge translation and how citizens, community-organizations, clinicians, governments and universities can work together to address disparities and improve health outcomes. Maria frames all of her research from this community-based research orientation and in particular, enjoys putting her efforts into poverty reduction. As Assistant Director of Women and Children’s Health portfolio she provides the lead on community-based research, qualitative research core resources for the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute.
Maria’s love of qualitative methods started at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology where she spent over 10 years studying, teaching and using qualitative methods. She has been invited to teach qualitative inquiry by government, not-for-profits, the private sector, and the academic community worldwide. Her qualitative expertise has culminated into a book, Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry, available through LeftCoast Press. One of Maria’s most valued activities is joining with colleagues and graduate students to use both conventional and unconventional qualitative methods to explore intriguing and pressing health research issues.