Lolita Roy-Colon holds her MSW from Columbia University (’01) with an emphasis on program planning & program development. She has been working at Columbia University for the last 16 years. She joined CPRC in 2011 where she & Ms. Claudette Bannerman-Amoako helped develop & implement the pilot study: Project GAIN. The results from the pilot study would later help launch the New York City Longitudinal Study of Wellbeing (aka Robin Hood Study).
Lolita is one of the Survey Coordinators on the New York City Longitudinal Study of Wellbeing (NYC-LSW), where her primary role has been to train & supervise the NYC-LSW interviewers. She also has helped create administrative protocols for the study, worked on administrative tasks (IRB protocol/modifications, petty cash custodian), and has assisted with the recruitment & retention of agency subjects; these were men & women who were recruited from an array of Robin Hood funded agencies throughout the 5 NYC boroughs for both Phase I & Phase II.
Prior to working at CPRC, Lolita spent 11 years working with Dr. Nabila El-Bassel & Dr. Louisa Gilbert at the Social Intervention Group (SIG). Lolita worked on several studies at SIG & was the Project Director on Project REACH & Co-Director for two of SIG’s studies (Project Connect & Project WORTH).
Her interest in research has always been on social problems, specifically understanding the co-occurring problems of HIV, partner violence/trauma & substance abuse among vulnerable populations. Since working at CPRC, her interests has included understanding the correlation between physical & mental health in relationship to poverty & economic hardships among women & men.
When Lolita is not at CPRC, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two young children & two Pitbulls, traveling, listening to sports radio, & watching her beloved New York Mets. Let’s Go Mets!