Dr. Gonzalez received her PhD in Sociology from Florida State University in 2011. Her specialization was in social inequalities and her dissertation focused on explaining racial and ethnic disparities in Florida’s juvenile justice system. She co-authored two publications on juvenile justice while in grad school.
Dr. Gonzalez was drawn to the Claude Pepper Center and its mission with her education in social inequalities and her own aging father who was 55 years old when she was born. Words like “Medicare” and “Social Security” were common in her household growing up.
Dr. Gonzalez’s research includes uncovering alternatives to traditional nursing home care including the Green House Project and the Program of the All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, understanding racial and ethnic disparities in nursing home admission, international comparisons of long-term care quality, and Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Gonzalez is also an experienced SAS programmer and uses that skill to analyze data for the center.
“I worry though about the future of LTC in Florida and the nation and about the lack of alternatives to large nursing homes. This drives my research. There’s got to be a better way to provide quality care while at the same time preserving quality of life.”
Research & Papers
- The Health and Retirement Study: What is it and what is its potential use to researchers?
- The Green House Project (2013)
- Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (2013)
- Risk Assessment Tools and Racial ⁄Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
- Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Girls’ Sentencing in the Juvenile Justice System (2010)