Deeva Berera
Researcher, Kid Risk, Inc.
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Ms. Berera began working with Kid Risk during her first year at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine. Her research interests focus on pediatrics, public health, and infectious diseases. She developed a survey instrument to assess medical student knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to vaccines, which she used in 2013 to quantify differences between the UCF medical student classes. She contributes to the Kid Risk efforts to characterize how pediatrician training and experience with vaccine preventable diseases changed over time and how this impacts pediatrician knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to vaccines. Ms. Berera received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University.  Prior to starting medical school, Ms. Berera worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the Public Health Associate Program. While assigned to the Prince William Health District in Northern Virginia, she gained valuable field experience in communicable disease investigation and immunization program management.  Following her CDC fellowship, Ms. Berera received funding from the NIH Fogarty International Center to work in London at Public Health England where she studied the multinational use of antiviral medications during the 2009 A (H1N1) pandemic.