Our Team

Director

David X. Marquez, PhD, FACSM

Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
marquezd@uic.edu
Phone: 312-996-1209
Fax: 312-413-0319Dr. Marquez earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Marquez’ area of specialization is in Exercise Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. His research agenda focuses on health disparities in physical activity and disease/disability among Latinos.His research utilizes a social cognitive framework and includes study of the physical activity levels of Latinos and the physical, cultural, environmental, and psychological determinants and outcomes of physical activity of Latinos. He is interested in using randomized controlled trials and community-based interventions towards the prevention of disability and the maintenance of cognitive functioning and quality of life in older Latino adults.

Project Coordinator

Maria De Lourdes Caceres

University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
cacemari@uic.edu
Phone: 312-996-9635
Fax: 312-413-0319Maria Caceres earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Sociology from Dominican University in River Forest, in May 2001. She completed the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Wright College in August 2007; and has been licensed since December 2007.Maria has coordinated multiple research studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago focused primarily on health risk reduction in minority and underserved populations. Maria De Lourdes Caceres currently assists Dr. Marquez on his R01 funded BAILAMOS dance intervention study with older adult Latinos.

Graduate Students

Susan Aguiñaga, M.S.

Doctoral Candidate
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
saguina2@gmail.com
Phone: 312-413-0087
Fax: 312-413-0319
Susan Aguiñaga earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise and Health Psychology.Her research interests include community-based physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions in older adults. She is currently conducting her dissertation project titled, “LUCID, Latinos Unique scenario, Cognitive Impairment addressed via Dance.” This study will test the feasibility and impact of the BAILAMOS© program in older Latinos with mild cognitive impairment.

Priscilla Vasquez, M.P.H.

Doctoral Student
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
pvasqu3@uic.edu
Phone: 312-413-0087
Fax: 312-413-0319
Priscilla Vásquez earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Kinesiology at UIC, and is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Minority Health Research.Her research interests include physical activity and cardiovascular diseases among older Latinos, as well as the development of intergenerational physical activity interventions for disease prevention.

Isabela Gouveia Marques

Doctoral Student
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
imarqu5@uic.edu
Phone: 312-413-0087
Fax: 312-413-0319

Isabela Gouveia Marques earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and her Bachelor of Education in Physical Education from the Maringa State University – Brazil. She received her Specialization degree in Adapted Physical Activity and Health from Estacio de Sa University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise and Health Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Her research interests include the effects of exercise in cognition, healthy behaviors promotion and social support through mobile technology; and the influence of multicomponent factors on the experience of the Latino caregiver. She is currently assisting Dr. Maquez on his R01 funded BAILA dance intervention study with older Latino adults, and in the iBAILA – Investigating Brains & Activity to Improve Latino Aging.

Staff

Kimberly Manzanares

Kimberly Manzanares

Data Collector

kmanza2@uic.edu
Phone: 312.413.0087
Fax: 312.413.0319

Jennifer Sinchi

Jennifer Sinchi

Data Collector

sinchij@uic.edu
Phone: 312.413.0087
Fax: 312.413.0319

Mauricio Andrade

Mauricio Andrade

Community Liaison

mandra6@uic.edu
Phone: 312.413.0087
Fax: 312.413.0319

Jaqueline Guzman

Jaqueline Guzman

Community Liaison/Research Associate

jguzma38@uic.edu
Phone: 312.413.0087
Fax: 312.413.0319

Undergraduate Students

Michael Amashta

Michael Amashta

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Berenitze Balladares

Berenitze Balladares

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Mauricio Garcia

Mauricio Garcia

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Cindy Jimenez

Cindy Jimenez

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Maribel Lopez

Maribel Lopez

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Omar Lopez

Omar Lopez

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Maricela Martinez

Maricela Martinez

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Mabel Marban

Mabel Marban

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Pricilla Nunez

Pricilla Nunez

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Janet Page

Janet Page

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Mariel Rancel

Mariel Rancel

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Yuliana Soto

Yuliana Soto

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Angelica Uribe

Angelica Uribe

BS Student, Kinesiology and Nutrition