Julia Curbera is a Research Associate at the Institute for Community Health. She contributes qualitative research, data management, and program evaluation support for a projects focused on mental health, early childhood education, homelessness, and substance abuse prevention.
Julia contributes her skills as a native Spanish speaker to her work at ICH, as well as an interdisciplinary background in city planning and community engagement. She previously worked on park equity initiatives at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and on community and cultural planning efforts at a consultancy in the Boston area. Julia also has a wide range of research interests that span urban and social history, housing and economic development policy, and neighborhood effects on health. Her goal is to leverage participatory research and evaluation in these areas to inform more equitable and wellness-driven community development initiatives.
Julia received her BA in Urban Studies and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Master in City Planning degree from MIT.