Dr. Rosa D. Manzo is an interdisciplinary community-engaged researcher. Her research background spans both qualitative and quantitative approaches and includes extensive experience in community-engaged research methodologies, contributing to program development and implementation in both the education and health fields. In addition to informing program development, her research has resulted in a robust record of publications and international presentations. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she has experience in educational and community-based programs and grants. For example, she has developed partnerships with Promotora groups in the San Joaquin Valley region and has successfully trained them as data collectors. She has been critical in the development of medical education programs that incorporates a community-engaged approach to addressing health disparities in the San Joaquin Valley. She draws from evidence-based practices and her lived-experience as a first-generation student from the San Joaquin Valley to engage educational leaders, community stakeholders, professionals, and policy makers in the development of effective programs that address the health and education needs of underserved communities.