Dr. Carolyn Porta is an Associate Professor in the Population Health and Systems Cooperative in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, and adjunct faculty member in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health of the School of Public Health. Her clinical expertise includes adolescent health, public health nursing, and forensic nursing; she has been a sexual assault nurse examiner since 1996. Dr. Garcia is a mixed method researcher with emphasis on development and testing of preventive interventions tailored to the needs and preferences of adolescents and their families. Use of innovative technologies characterizes Dr. Porta’s work, including ecological momentary assessments via text messaging, mobile health applications, and photovoice. Dr. Porta teaches and conducts research that emphasizes physical and mental health promotion in the context of broader community and society, particularly for underserved and under resourced populations. She is currently involved in collaborative research across North America and Africa, addressing threats to health that range from lack of insurance and social stigmas to migration and zoonotic diseases.