Dr. Silva is trained in biomedical research and in public health promotion and disease prevention. As a neurophysiologist, she studied the cellular mechanisms of neuronal transmission and how it is effected by pharmacological agents in order to better understand the basis of drug action in the brain. As an AAAS Health Science Fellow she transitioned her focus to providing technical assistance on HIV/AIDS and Child survival to USAID missions in eastern Africa. She served as a health policy analyst for the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Serving at the State level at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she promoted a childhood vaccine utilization program to local WIC programs. She has also served as Chairperson of the Board of Health and as a member of the Tobacco Advisory Committee in Medfield, MA. Most recently, as a senior project manager, she led a federally funded national program for the prevention of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Silva’s competencies include providing management, technical assistance, technical writing, and research/data analyses in areas such as: HIV/AIDS; substance abuse; opioid treatment and suicide prevention. She has worked with physicians and public health leaders to develop training materials and provide outreach to local health sites.
- Ph.D. in Physiology with a concentration in neuroscience from The Ohio State University
- Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard University of Public Health
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth