Manager, Innovation Research

Katrina Mateo’s research and professional interests are driven by her belief that in order to serve others, one needs to systematically and empathetically understand their needs, and in turn, collectively build and implement concrete ways to achieve change and create meaningful impact.

Katrina’s most recent projects at CUNY Hunter College, New York University School of Medicine, and the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System have involved the development and testing of health literate technology-enabled internet-based tools to both assess health status and deliver tailored health information, particularly for use in obesity-related behavior change interventions. 

Katrina is a full-time Doctoral Student at the CUNY School of Public Health, Community Health and Social Sciences Department. She received her B.A. in Biology from Vassar College and earned her MPH in Sociomedical Sciences Research at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She stays connected to her undergraduate school as an alumni interviewer for prospective students, as well as a mentor and guest speaker on careers in public health.

Outside of work, Katrina enjoys trying new restaurants (and taking excellent food photos), traveling, and social Latin dancing. She is an active member of the community at St. Paul the Apostle Church and travels to the Mustard Seed Communities’ homes in Nicaragua every summer on a week-long service trip to benefit disabled and abandoned children living there.