Dr. Mandi Sonnenfeld is a post-doctoral Ph.D. fellow in Houston, Texas at the VA Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research (HPEER) within the Health Services Research & Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQUEST) section of health services research at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology at Texas State University and her Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She has been a licensed occupational therapist for 21 years and most recently received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Dr. Sonnenfeld’s dissertation focused on conducting population health services research using the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly (H-EPESE) linked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services datafiles to examine the longitudinal effect of vision impairment and health outcomes among older Mexican Americans. Her health service research interests include implementation science methodology, health care quality improvement, and patient safety among older adults living with disability. Dr. Sonnenfeld’s goals are to obtain specific interprofessional, evaluation, and research skills needed to become a leader in advancing high-quality health services.

Dr. Sonnenfeld is a 2022 AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship fellow.