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.

Evelyn De RoblesEvelyn De Robles, BSc
Research and Evaluation Intern for HARC

Evelyn obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 2016. Since then, she has returned to CSUF to obtain her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her interests include urban planning on how to create healthy physical environments for communities as well as how to best service the HIV population at the local and state level.

Currently, she is working on a Policy Brief for her Master’s final project using the 8-fold path by Bardach regarding the current status of the HIV population in California and working on alternatives to improve the lives of those who are HIV positive, at high risk, and aging with HIV.

Evelyn hopes to become a Program Director for a wellness center in the future to address the need for prevention of life-long diseases. With the skills and experience learned throughout her education and internship, she hopes to enact them into tangible change for her community.

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.