Chrismarie GooneratneChrismarie Gooneratne, BSc
Research and Evaluation Intern for HARC

Chrismarie earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Science from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). She’s currently studying for her master’s degree in Public Health, emphasizing Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at CSUF and working at HARC as a research and evaluation intern.

Before joining HARC, Chrismarie has worked as a program/research assistant for the Health Professions Advising Office at CSUF. There she has engaged in multiple projects, including data collection, analysis, and evaluation for childhood obesity prevention programs, providing health education for young parents, program coordination, and creating healthy eating lesson plans for elementary school children in low-income communities.

Her research interests include childhood obesity prevention, type 2 diabetes, healthcare, and food access for the low-income and homeless population. She hopes to become an academic biostatistics professor in the future and to educate college students in impoverished areas in the U.S.


Regina MerrillRegina Merrill, BA
Research and Evaluation Intern for HARC

Regina Merrill earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy at the University of California Irvine (UCI). She is currently completing her master’s degree of Public Health with emphasis in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention from California State University Fullerton (CSUF).

In addition to being a research intern Regina also works at CSUF as a Graduate Assistant. She assists faculty with various duties such as collecting, organizing and analyzing data, developing source materials, searching the literature and compiling bibliographies, assisting in the conduct of experiments, and evaluating student work.

Regina’s research interests include health equity, maternal morbidity, and health education. After completing her master’s degree, she aspires to get her PhD in either Epidemiology or Community Health Sciences.


Veena ReddyVeena Reddy
Research and Evaluation Intern for HARC

Veena Reddy is currently attending the University of California, Riverside (UCR) where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology.

Prior to joining HARC, Veena Reddy spent much of her time working as a tutor for Upward Bound. Here, she provides fundamental support to underprivileged high school students in their preparation for college admissions. She also spends much of her time working in free clinics and volunteering as a health scholar in a hospital. From these experiences, Veena developed technical management skills, typing skills, and communication skills.

Overall, Veena hopes to learn more about the state of healthcare in various communities and ways to make healthcare more accessible.