Dr Maria Alejandra Pinero de Plaza, PhD

20102022

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Research Biography

Dr Maria Alejandra Pinero de Plaza is a scientist committed to facilitating healthy living and better public health services through knowledge translation and health research. She is a Research Fellow at Flinders University and the National Health and Medical Research Council, Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing. Her studies focus on designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions regarding behaviour change, high-tech solutions, and partnering with end-users to ensure better access, care, equity, safety, and quality services to improve health outcomes and well-being.

In 2020-22, Dr Pinero de Plaza investigations were accepted/published in these Q1 journals:

  • Health Promotion International
  • Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services
  • The International Journal of Qualitative Methods
  • The Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • PLOS ONE
  • BMJ Open
  • Nursing Philosophy
  • Telemedicine and e-Health

Dr Pinero de Plaza won the Vice-President & Executive Dean's Awards 2021, "for a FEARLESS embodiment of the University values in Research", and the 2021 Consumer Health Forum video competition: 'Big Ideas' to improve the Australian health care system. She has secured prestigious awards, attracting more than $AUD1,495,221 worth of grant funding as Associate Investigator (AI) and Chief Investigator (CI):

  • NHMRC Partnership Grant (AI),
  • Caring Futures Institute COVID-19 grant (CI),
  • Caring Futures Institute, Two Accelerator Schemes (CI and AI),
  • The Hospital Research Foundation (AI),
  • Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant (CI)

Dr Pinero de Plaza brings a multidisciplinary background in health promotion, behaviour, and health. Her PhD investigated mapping out healthy and unhealthy dietary patterns for global but targeted health interventions. She has also studied computerised methods of evaluating consumer behaviours and memory accuracy concerning brand recognition and product design in marketing science.

Currently, she is contributing to the end user's engagements and KT aspects of RAPIDX AI. As a Chief Investigator, she has been awarded 2 Grants: 1. Concerning the marginalisation of Frail, Homebound and Bedridden people in Australia; 2. About COVID-19 and the use of Digital Technologies within inpatients settings to improve the patient-clinician relationship. Recently, she has been co-creating a new Arts in Health certification and an Alliance across Colleges.

Qualifications

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Adelaide/ Flinders University (2019-2021); NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence.

Doctor of Philosophy, Field of Research 111712 –Health Promotion; SEO: 920401- Behaviour and Health. Funded: Australian Postgraduate Award. Deakin University (2013-2017).

Master of Marketing Science, upgraded to PhD, Funded: Australian Postgraduate Award. University of South Australia (2010-2013).

Postgraduate training: Social Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Religion and Ecology. Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC). Advanced Studies Centre (2004-2006).

Licentiate, degree similar to master's degree in Mass Communication (Social Communication, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising) Andrés Bello Catholic University (1993-1998).

Honours, awards and grants

 

Other responsibilities

Dr Pinero has been exploring and impacting the consumer engagement processes with health research. E.g. nationally, co-creating the Consumer Engagement Framework and Consumer Register of SAHMRI; and being part of the Expert Reference Group of the NHMRC CRE APPRISE and others. She has reviewed MRFF Rapid Grants 2019, PLOS ONE, and the Journal of Public Health. She is:

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate, 200h Master Yoga Teaching Certification - Peak Physique / Yoga Alliance

2019

Award Date: 6 May 2019

PhD, Deakin University

Award Date: 14 Feb 2017

Master, UniSA upgraded to PhD at Deakin University, Funded: Australian Postgraduate Award.

20102013

Award Date: 11 Feb 2013

Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC). Advanced Studies Centre (CEA).

20042006

Award Date: 30 Dec 2006

Master, Andrés Bello Catholic University

19931998

Award Date: 11 Dec 1998

External positions

JBI Cardiovascular Expert Reference Group, JBI Global

5 Apr 2022 → …

Member as Early Career Researcher, Australian Association of Gerontology

20212022

JBI Adjunct Staff, Centre for Remote Health. Global reach - collaborator | Joanna Briggs Institute

2021 → …

Knowledge Translation and Research Advisor to the Board, ME Group Australia

20212025

Member, Patient Reported Measures Research Collaborative - The Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH) and Health Translation SA (HTSA)

20212025

Member of The Health Consumer Advocacy Network of South Australia , Health CAN SA - the Network

2019 → …

Research Fellow , National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence: Frailty and Healthy Ageing

2019 → …

Community & Consumer Engagement Advisor -Community & Consumer Engagement Committee, Adelaide BioMed City Partner

2018 → …

Community & Consumer Engagement Advisor -Expert Reference Group, NHMRC CRE APPRISE

2018 → …

Keywords

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Health Promotion
  • Digital Health
  • Habitual behaviour
  • Conditioning
  • knowledge translation
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • Behaviour
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Marginalisation
  • knowledge translation
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • knowledge translation

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