Samuel R. Mendez - CV

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Research Interests

Community-based participatory research (CBPR), social determinants of health, and digital documentary methods.

Long-term professional goals

Develop digital documentary as participatory research methods; integrate digital documentary into CBPR to build empathy across community research partnerships and inform long-term change in social systems; develop partnership models and platforms to disseminate lessons learned.

Education

Graduation Year

Institution

Location

Degree Details

2020 (exp.)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Master of Science

2018.09 - ,  Cambridge, MA

Degree candidate in Comparative Media Studies

2014

Harvard University

Cambridge,

MA

Bachelor of Arts

2010.09 - 2014.05,  Cambridge, MA

Magna Cum Laude, High Honors in Field. Concentration: Visual and Environmental Studies. Secondary Field:  Global Health and Health Policy. Senior Thesis: “A Bodega”, an animated documentary about the food for sale at a corner store in Lawrence, MA.

Publications

Year

Title and Publication Details

2013

“Social media use by community-based organizations conducting health promotion: a content analysis.” Ramanadhan S, Mendez SR, Rao M, Viswanath K.  BMC Public Health. 2013;13:1129. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1129.

Research Experience

Years

Organization

Location

Research Experience Details

2016-2018

Northwestern University

Chicago, IL

Research Assistant in the Simon Lab, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Conducted qualitative research on generalist healthcare providers' family planning referral patterns. Worked on community engagement for a U54 tri-institutional grant, to build and maintain partnerships with community-based organizations. Worked with U54 staff to create a stakeholder interview guide around community partners’ perceptions of the project’s success, strengths, and opportunities for improvement. Conducted introductory web accessibility informational sessions for content writers on the U54 website. Led stakeholder meetings, focus groups, and codesign sessions for a clinical trial informational website to be deployed in local library branches. Translated findings into website feature ideas for our tech consultant to work with.

2011-2014

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center

Boston, MA

Research Assistant in the Viswanath Lab.

Developed partnership-building skills through community-based participatory research projects in the Viswanath Lab, focusing on health communication disparities. Developed a system for analyzing social media content produced by community-based organizations. Conducted usability testing and administered web surveys on tablet devices to populations most at risk for smoking in Massachusetts.

2010

Rush University Medical Center

Chicago, IL

Summer Research Student in the lab of S. Chubinskaya.

Participated in the Rush University Biochemistry Research Program. Used Western blotting methods to help their lab further elucidate the chemical pathways in healthy human cartilage cells.

2009

American Cancer Society, IL Division

Chicago, IL

Summer Research Student in the lab of J. Hook

Worked in the lab of J. Hook on a meta-analysis of chemotherapy’s cognitive effects.

Further Professional Experience

Years

Organization

Location

Professional Experience Details

2015-2016

Muui

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam & Remote Work

Web Series Director

Developed the concept & format for "10 Days in Saigon", a 10-week web series on wheelchair travel in Ho Chi Minh City. Served as director, head videographer, and head video editor for series. Co-managed the production schedule and led a team of 10 interns to meet goals in subtitling and background research.

2011-2014

Dipont Education Management

Hangzhou, China

Regional Video Project Manager

Led a team of 7 in writing, translating, and producing text/video resources explaining the US college application process in Chinese. Directed, filmed and edited 4 instructional videos for the QQ mobile video platform. Scheduled and managed a team of 4 to film 36 interviews with Chinese students in 5 major cities.

2010

Novartis

Basel, Switzerland

Summer Intern

Conducted a literature review on fostering innovation within a large corporation. Conducted individual interviews and a focus group to assess unmet internal communications needs within a recently merged department,  as well as to gather feedback on an internal online communication platform.

Grants, Fellowships, & Awards

Year

Organization

Location

Award Details

2017

Chinh India Kids Film Festival

New Delhi, India

By Foot: Busan and the Sea. Official Selection.

2017

National Academy of Medicine

Washington DC

A Bodega. Official Selection for Visualize Health Equity: A Community Art Show in a pop-up gallery; selected for inclusion in panel event at a national stakeholder meeting.

2017

Official Latino Short Film Fest

New York, NY

By Foot: Busan and the Sea. Exceptional Artistry award winner.

2017

TRAVEL FilmFest

Limassol, Cyprus

10 Days in Saigon. Best Travel Web Series award finalist.

2017

Chicago Park District

Chicago, IL

 A Bodega. Official Selection for screening in 3 city parks as part of the Chicago Onscreen local film showcase.

2017

Chicagoland Shorts Volume 3

Chicago, IL

Persefone's Breakfast. Finalist.

2017

14th WE CARE Film Festival

New Delhi, India

10 Days in Saigon. Official Selection.

2016

Official Latino Short Film Fest

New York, NY

Persefone's Breakfast. Exceptional Artistry award nomination.

2014

Chicago REEL Shorts Film Fest

Chicago, IL

A Bodega. Best Documentary award nomination.

2014

Blue Plum Animation Fest

Johnson City, TN

A Bodega. Official Selection.

2013

Harvard Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy

Cambridge, MA

Cordeiro Summer Research Fellowship.

2013

Harvard College

Cambridge, MA

Harvard College Scholar.

2013

Harvard College

Cambridge, MA

Harvard College Research Program grant.

2013

Chicago REEL Shorts Film Fest

Chicago, IL

Snow Queen Travel Company: Official Selection.

2012

Harvard College Cultural Agents Art & Science Fair

Cambridge, MA

Cultural Agents Initiative grant for Connect the Dots!

2011

Harvard College

Cambridge, MA

Harvard College Research Program grant.