SYDCP Research Team

Nancy Morioka-Douglas, MD, MPH

Nancy Morioka-Douglas, MD, MPH, is a Clinical Professor in the Primary Care and Population Health Division in the Department of Medicine.  She retired from patient care in June 2022 after having been a family doctor for almost 40 years.  With a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation, she launched Stanford Youth Diabetes Coaches Program in 2009.

Since that time, the team has used quality improvement processes to iteratively improve the program. 

Dr. Morioka-Douglas' goal is to make SYDCP sustainable and reproducible in low-income communities around the country.  To do this, she has developed relationships with family medicine residency training programs, Area Health Education Centers, and now looks forward to partnering with SNAP-Ed programs.  

For her work, in 2017, she received the Dr. Augustus A. White and Family Faculty Professionalism Award at Stanford School of Medicine.  The honor recognizes outstanding work in reducing health disparities or in enhancing the effectiveness of underrepresented minorities in the university community through research, education, mentoring or service.

Eunice Rodriguez, Dr.PH, MPH

Eunice Rodriguez, Dr.PH, MPH is an Associate Professor (Teaching)at Stanford in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Rodriguez has also served as an evaluator at the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Rodriguez’ research integrates two fields: social epidemiology, within the broader area of public health, and program evaluation, as a synthesis of theory and methods applied to the evaluation of health and social programs.

In Evaluation research her interest lies in the use and exploration of mixed methods, and in Social Epidemiology her interest lies in the study of the social programs and policies that may have an impact on health, well-being, and social reintegration.

Liana Gefter, MD, MPH

Liana Gefter, MD, MPH is a Research Associate in Division of Primary Care and Population Health, Department of Medicine and is the research coordinator for the Stanford Youth Diabetes Coaches Program. Dr. Gefter served as a Teach for America corps member teaching elementary and middle school in East Palo Alto, CA for three years prior to attending medical school. While a medical student at Stanford, she created and coordinated a pipeline program, bringing medical students to teach in East Palo Alto and bringing students from East Palo Alto to the medical school.

After graduating from Stanford Medical School in 2008, Dr. Gefter worked as a consultant in the field of child advocacy and began her work as a Research Associate at Stanford. Dr. Gefter created the curriculum for the Stanford Youth Diabetes Coaching Program combining evidence-based strategies for meeting the needs of underserved students and the principles of proven models of chronic disease self-management for adults.

Angela Jiang, MD

Can "Angela" Jiang, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and sees patients at the Stanford Family Medicine clinic. Prior to medical school, Dr. Jiang was a Teach for America corp member and spent three years teaching high school biology in Chicago. While in medical school, she was the high school outreach chair and brought medical students to teach in classrooms in Chicago.

During residency at the Stanford Health Care-O’Connor Family Medicine program, Dr. Jiang was able to participate as an instructor for the SYDCP. She now is on the research team helping develop the curriculum for the Stanford Youth Health Coaching Program and also writing a new curriculum for an MA pipeline course.

Ashini Srivastava MBBS, MPH

Ashini Srivastava MBBS, MPH is involved with data analysis and evaluation of Stanford Youth Diabetes Coaches Program. Her research interests include creating health education materials for underserved and ethnically-diverse communities to help them attain better health status.

She has more than fifteen years’ experience in developing online educational content for medical students and community-based health workers. She completed medical school in India and later earned a Master’s degree in Public Health. She was inspired to work in the area of school health after working as a community physician in a K-12 school-based health center in India for five years.