Yohali Burrola-Méndez Graduate Student

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Biography

Yohali Burrola Méndez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST) at the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate researcher at the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). Yohali received her Master of Science in Health with concentration Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and earned her degree in Physical Therapy in Mexico. She has experience delivering the World Health Organization Wheelchair Service Training Packages in El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Philippines, USA, and Mexico. She is the primary author of the Hybrid Course, a training that proved to be effective in increasing basic level wheelchair service provision with overall high levels of satisfaction in a group of clinicians from India, Mexico, Colombia, and the United States.

Yohali received funding from the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (2016) to develop a wheelchair service training project in Mexico and recently (2018) a grant from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health to develop an online course to train clinicians in rural areas of Mexico. Her research interests are focused on the development of educational programs and training that reduce health disparities and inequities in people with disabilities living in low and middle-income countries and the development of assessment tools and psychometric analysis.