Josh Matacotta, Psy.D., CAHIMS

Board President






Dr. Matacotta earned his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis on health psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. Additionally, he holds a Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS). He received his B.A. from San Francisco State University and completed a judicial internship at San Francisco's California Superior Court spending time working in Behavioral Health Court. His goal is to support the growth of IBHRI and engage other research scientists interested in an integrative and holistic approach to behavioral health research and practice. He works as adjunct faculty in the Division of Social Sciences at Pasadena City College and works full time at Western University of Health Sciences conducting research in interprofessional education and practice. View his Research Profile.


Edith Gurrola, M.S.

Board Vice-President

Edith Gurrola earned her M.S. in social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focus includes collective action, political participation, and undocumented college students. In addition, she has experience with multicultural and psychological research, program implementation and evaluation, grant portfolio management, and evaluating the use of SaaS by bi-lingual early care and education providers. Edith serves as Advisor to the Executive Board of Comision Femenil of the San Fernando Valley, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization striving to empower Latinas through education, civic engagement, and leadership development. Her goal is to support the growth of IBHRI. She conducts research and program evaluation, and is employed at California State University, Northridge.


Francisco Javier Rosales-Perez

Board Secretary





Francisco Rosales-Perez earned his B.S. in nutrition science and dietetics at California State University, Los Angeles. His research interests include diet-related disparities, prevalence of diabetes among Hispanics/Latin@s, and the role of mobile technology on promoting healthy diets through nutrition education. Francisco serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for IBHRI. In addition, he provides consultation to bi-lingual early care and education providers using SaaS for program management. His goal is to also support the growth of IBHRI while engaging communities as stakeholders in behavioral health research. He provides consulting services is employed at a Los Angeles-based food service company that coordinates and oversees nutrition programming and food service health & safety in private K-12 schools.


Sam Touma

Board Member




Sam Touma earned his B.A. in Business Management with a concentration in human resources from Walsh University. He manages a team of human resources professionals and works as a human resources manager for PS Business Parks. His expertise is in employment relations issues, compliance, affirmative action, and human resources policy. Sam also has experience working as a human resources professional in the education setting. He joined the Board of Directors to support IBHRI's Internship Program and provide mission-based leadership, strategic governance, and administrative guidance to the research institute.

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Diamond Bravo, Ph.D.

Board Member





Diamond Bravo earned her doctorate from the Program in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. She received her B.A. in psychology from University of California - Riverside and her M.A. in general experimental psychology from California State University - Northridge. She is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on the cultural mechanisms and constructs that contribute to the academic success and well-being of immigrant students and students of color in the United States. Dr. Bravo joined IBHRI out of her desire to serve her community and a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to solving the most pressing social issues facing our communities.

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Chris Connor

Board Member

Christopher Connor is a senior consultant and programmer in the field of electronic health records, and is passionate about expanding the scope of care to vulnerable populations through technological research. He is currently consulting for Cleveland Clinic, and most recently provided services to UCLA Health, Lurie Children's Hospital, and Wheaton Franciscan Hospital. He began his career as an employee of Epic Systems and graduated with honors in mathematics from Purdue University. Chris joined IBHRI out of a desire to support his community and support the research field as it adapts to a growing reliance on innovative technology and data science.

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Christina Bame, MSW

Board Member





Christina Bame earned her Master of Social Work from California State University, Northridge with Honors Distinction and her B.A. in Middle East/South Asia Studies from University of California, Davis. Her research focus includes mixed race issues in the United States, mixed race pedagogy, and gender and sexuality. Christy currently works at Tarzana Treatment Centers as the lead program evaluator for We Exist, a Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program for LBGTQI2-S+ Transitional Age Youth in Los Angeles County. Other than research, she has provided over six years of direct services to individuals and families in Los Angeles and abroad, including case management, sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy, and individual and group therapy. Christy joined IBHRI out of her desire to ensure that all communities achieve self-sufficiency and wellbeing. Her dream is to one day open the nation's first multiracial community center where people of all backgrounds can gather together to celebrate and embrace every aspect of themselves.

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David Bloom, MA, CCRP

Board Member

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Jose Luis Rios, MA

Board Member






Jose L Rios earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Northridge. His research thesis focused on cardiovascular functioning in sub-clinically depressed and anxious young adults during emotion inducing tasks.  He currently serves as a program manager at Intercare Therapy where he works with children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and other developmental disabilities, utilizing applied behavior analysis (ABA) to decrease challenging behavior and increase socially significant behavior. Additionally, he serves as a consultant, supervising and training behavior interventionists, parents, teachers in implementing ABA. Jose joined IBHRI to help foster an interdisciplinary approach to target socially significant health related behaviors. He hopes to apply the principles of behavior (ABA) and other fields to address behavioral health concerns in vulnerable populations.


Lynn Liu, MSc

Board Member

Lynn Liu earned her MSc in Health and Society with a focus in Social Epidemiology at University College London. Before she finished her Master’s in London, Lynn attended University of California, Irvine. She holds a BA in Social Policy and Public Service and a BA in Public Health Policy. Her research focuses on the relationships between social determinants and outcomes of health. With a multi-disciplinary background, she wants to reduce the increasing health gap. By analyzing the associations, she plans to work collaboratively with policy makers and non-profit leaders to eradicate health inequities.  Lynn joined IBHRI in 2018 in furtherance of her goals and plans to work with multiple community stakeholders to address issues of health inequity. 

Stanley Mar, CPA, MS

Board Treasurer


Stanley has extensive experience in working with small to mid-sized companies in various industries, including education, health care, not-for-profit, government, retail, garment manufacturing, and health and fitness. He has a Master of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both from the University of California at Los Angeles.