Summer 2023 Faculty
Rachel Hall-Clifford, PhD, MPH, MSc, is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Public Health at Agnes Scott College. She is a medical anthropologist working at the intersections of anthropology and public health. Dr. Hall-Clifford conducted fieldwork in the central highlands of Guatemala on treatments for childhood diarrhea and the delivery of primary health care. She is currently working on an mHealth project with lay midwives in the Chimaltenango Department of Guatemala to improve maternal and neonatal care. She is interested in the measurement of long-term impacts of public health intervention and inequalities in the distribution of health and development funding. She received her PhD and MPH from Boston University and her MSc from the University of Oxford, and she has also held medical anthropology research positions at Harvard University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Rachel is Director of the field school.
Stephanie Roche, MPH, is a PhD candidate in Implementation Science at the University of Washington, Department of Global Health. Stephanie’s research interests focus on understanding the quality of those services and the patient experience of care. Her publications on short-term medical missions in Guatemala and on medical malpractice in the U.S. examine the physical and emotional harms endured by patients. She completed her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Hispanic Language and Literature and her MPH in Global Health at Boston University. She first participated in the NAPA-OT Field School in 2011 as a student member of the NGO Networks for Health group. In 2012, she served as the field school coordinator, and in 2013 she was the faculty supervisor for the investigation on patient experiences of medical missions and in 2017 of the midwifery project. Her research interests include translation of patient safety standards to resource-limited settings, cross-cultural and bioethical challenges to patient and family engagement, and the role of philanthropic aid in public health system strengthening.
Megan is the Founder and full-time Director of Guatemala Occupational Therapy (GOT) Ministries, empowering and serving children with disabilities in Guatemala since 2015. She completed her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2010 from the University of Kansas, and provided vision rehabilitation services for 7 years in Kansas City, where she lives with her husband when she is Stateside.
Megan is passionate about the profession of Occupational Therapy and is investing in the development of the profession in Guatemala. She has provided comprehensive pediatric OT services in a Guatemalan Mayan village since 2011, and loves the opportunity to intentionally implement complex cultural considerations in her therapy provision. Megan has collaborated with various Universities across the United States as a Fieldwork Educator to advance and support the professional development of OT students. Her passions are serving people with disabilities, going on long walks with her husband, Andrew, and learning new things!
Juliana Gutiérrez, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience working with the pediatric population with various diagnoses and ages. She received her undergraduate study in occupational therapy from the University of Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia, and later completed her Masters and Doctorate at the University of Southern California (USC). She has an advanced practice certification in feeding and swallowing. Juliana is also a certified clinician in Sensory Integration theory, evaluation and treatment, as well as in the Neurodevelopment Treatment approach. She currently works as a clinical supervisor at Therapy West, Inc. and has lectured nationally and internationally. Juliana is OT Fieldwork Coordinator for the field school.