Livia Lazzaro, MA, is a research assistant for The SASH Lab and provides support on various projects including The Paterson Prevention Project, a community-based participatory research study on understanding the role of neighborhoods on youth substance use and mental health in the City of Paterson. Livia started out as an intern for The SASH Lab in May 2021 and later was promoted to research assistant at the lab.
Livia is also the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Public Health at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where she teaches the undergraduate capstone classes, advises students before and during the capstone, coordinates internship placements and expands partnerships, coaches and prepares students for interviews, assists with preparation of their resumes and cover letters, and promotes professional development for students and alumni. She also serves as the academic advisor to Public Health minors and as the liaison to alumni.
Livia has over a decade of experience in higher education and blends her passion for education, health, and communication by working on numerous public health initiatives. Livia served as a research assistant for projects addressing social determinants of health including working on projects at a global grant-making foundation in New York City as well as traveling to Haiti to support local maternal and child health projects with data collection and capacity building. Livia also participated in numerous health-related initiatives in the Trenton, NJ area.
Livia holds the Associate’s Degree from Raritan Valley Community College in Communication Studies, Bachelor’s Degree from Bloomfield College in English, Master’s Degree from Montclair State University in Public and Organizational Relations, and anticipates graduation with her Master of Public Health degree from The College of New Jersey in December 2021.