Larissa has extensive experience in patient-reported outcomes (PRO) development and evaluation, with an emphasis on qualitative study development and interviewing.
Since joining Evidera in 2018, Larissa has managed numerous qualitative projects, in disease areas such as pulmonary hypertension, oncology, Crohn’s disease, thyroid eye disease, Raynaud’s Phenomenon, Canavan disease, multiple system atrophy, and lower limb spasticity caused by traumatic brain injury or stroke. Before joining Evidera, Larissa worked as a senior research associate at Health Research Associates Inc. (HRA). At HRA, Larissa served as a project manager on a multitude of predominantly qualitative studies, across a diverse range of therapeutic areas, including various forms of cancer, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, and rare diseases such as multiple system atrophy (MSA) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Most of her work at Evidera and HRA has focused on concept elicitation interviews for development of PRO measures and cognitive interviewing to evaluate new and existing measures. Larissa has performed hundreds of one-on-one qualitative interviews, both in-person and by telephone, with patients, caregivers, and clinicians.
Larissa earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle within the health services department, with a focus on maternal and child health. Her master’s thesis added pre-validated survey questions evaluating different types of stigma to a study of young Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Seattle area, to test a hypothesis that high levels of perceived and internalized stigma within this group would correlate with increased HIV risk factors, such as low testing frequency or unprotected sex.