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Monica Gutierrez

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Research Specialist, Senior
University Staff, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 5120
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Social Work
Watts Col of Pub Ser & Com Sol


Mónica Gutiérrez is a first-generation college student, and a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University (ASU). She is a Doctoral Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar Program, and an Affiliated Researcher at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She received her Bachelors of Arts from San Francisco State University and Master of Social Work degree from ASU with a concentration in planning, administration, and community practice.

In addition to her coursework, Mónica is a Research Specialist, Sr. with the Office of Evaluation and Partner Contracts at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. Where she works in partnership with a wide array of agencies and communities to perform evaluations and disseminate findings that support effective research-based interventions aimed at eliminating health disparities. She volunteers with the CAMP Scholars Project at ASU providing mentorship to first-generation college students. Mónica holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU, which allows her to apply a comprehensive view of systematic tools and conceptual models for analyzing, understanding, planning, and implementing effective delivery of social services. 

Her work focuses on gentrification, displacement, and connection to place within historically marginalized neighborhoods, and how these factors contribute to the health and well-being of families experiencing vulnerability. She is particularly interested in the use of participatory research of critical place inquiry to inform social policy and systems change. She is inspired by her years of work experience in various sectors of service delivery including child welfare, Veteran’s health, criminal justice, and health promotion. Her research experience includes collaboration with marginalized communities utilizing community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches to ask and answer questions of interest to the community.  


Six Sigma Green Belt Certified (SSGBC), Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University

Bilingual (English and Spanish)



Ph.D., School of Social Work, Arizona State University, AZ

Master of Social Work, Arizona State University, AZ
Planning, Administration, and Community Practice concentration

Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University, CA



Honors / Awards

2019, Present​, PhD Committee Co-Chair
School of Social Work, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ    ​

2018, Present​, MentorCollege Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ   ​

2018, Present, Co-Founder and Vice President, Inclusive and Multicultural Association of Social Work Scholars (IMASWS)
School of Social Work, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ   ​​

2018, Review Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Research Conference
T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ   ​

2018, Reviewer, Teaching Excellence Award
Graduate and Professional Student Association, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ   ​

2008- 2012​, Member, Research Subcommittee
Refugee Women’s Health Community Advisory Coalition, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, AZ