Brenda Granillo, DBH, MS, MEP is an Associate Research Social Scientist with the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) and holds a Doctor of Behavioral Health (Management). Dr. Granillo is a leading expert in public health emergency preparedness and response; hospital and healthcare readiness; homeland security exercise design and evaluation; and competency and capability-based workforce development. Prior to joining SIROW, Dr. Granillo served as Director of the Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, at the University of Arizona, between 2005-2017. Dr. Granillo has developed, implemented, evaluated, and provided training and technical assistance serving as Principal Investigator and Lead Evaluator for multiple grant-funded research projects ranging from improving self-escape of underground coal miners in emergency situations; building community resiliency in the aftermath of disasters; to working on enhancing risk perception of emergency medical services in response to a highly infectious disease like EBOLA.
Dr. Granillo is a certified Master Exercise Practitioner through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has extensive experience designing, conducting and evaluating exercises for public health preparedness programs; federal, state, tribal and local governments; and rural cardiac healthcare systems. Dr. Granillo has specialized expertise working with Native American communities promoting best practices and respecting sovereignty and consultative approaches using culturally appropriate participatory process for community mobilization, empowerment and capacity building.
As an Associate Research Social Scientist with SIROW, she leads the performance and outcome evaluation efforts to assess the impact of Medication-Assisted Treatment program for people with opioid use disorder in partnership with Caring Health Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Granillo will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and scholars on socio-psychological health-related research and service programs serving traditionally undeserved and health disparities populations. Dr. Granillo’s research interests include enhancing the role of medical health providers and allied healthcare professionals in integrated behavioral health interventions to advance population health using systems thinking and implementation science to improve health outcomes and psychosocial well-being. Dr. Granillo serves on several local and national committees and currently is assigned as a Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE).
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) TRACIE Subject Matter Expert Cadre; Regional Emergency Preparedness Committee for Pima County; EPA Region 9, Border 2020 Emergency Preparedness Task Force