Ester Villalonga Olives

Ester Villalonga Olives, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Ester Villalonga-Olives, PhD

About Dr. Villalonga Olives:

Dr. Villalonga-Olives is a sociologist who holds a PhD in biomedicine. She completed her BsC and MsC in sociology at the University of Barcelona, including a long international stay at the Università degli Study di Trieste in Italy. She received her PhD with International Doctor Distinction, and completed stays at the London School of Economics in the UK and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany. During her PhD studies, she received an award from the Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE) to study at the European Epidemiology Program in Florence, Italy, and performed on-site public health interventions serving non-governmental organizations in India and Cuba.

Dr. Villalonga-Olives has served as a research scientist in the Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology at the University Medical Center of the Georg-August-University of Goettingen in Germany. She has also held positions in teaching and research fellowships at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the U.S., where she is a visiting scientist. She is the past president of the European Young Epidemiologists group (2010-2014) and currently serves as the European delegate of the Early Career Epidemiologists worldwide group and a member of the International Epidemiology Association board. She will be part of the organizing and scientific committee of the next World Conference of Epidemiology to be held in Melbourne, Australia in 2020.

Research Interests:

Dr. Villalonga-Olives’ research interests are related to the study of health inequalities, patient reported outcomes -especially health-related quality of life- social capital, and interventions. Her work is centered on the investigation of the relationship between social capital and health related quality of life with a focus on underserved and vulnerable populations such as immigrants and children. The techniques that she has used include structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling and rasch analysis.

Some of the articles included in part of Dr. Villalonga-Olives’ dissertation in biomedicine have received young investigator awards at international conferences. She has also served as a member of scientific and organizing committees at several international events. In 2013, she received an Award of Excellence from the International Society for Quality of Life Research in recognition of superior achievements for her work related to perceived health in migrant children. In 2015, she received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars Program to develop an instrument to evaluate bridging social capital in immigrants. In 2016, she received an Award of Excellence for the best methodological paper published in Gac Sanit in 2015 for her work related to the measurement of social capital.

Contact Information:

Ester Villalonga Olives, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
220 Arch Street, 12th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-4930
Email: ester.villalonga@rx.umaryland.edu