Dr. Sheilla L. Rodríguez-Madera, a Professor at Florida International University (FIU), is a social scientist who conducts research in contexts marked by economic and natural disasters, as is the case of Puerto Rico. She is the Associate Director of the Research Network for Health and Society at FIU. Dr. Rodríguez-Madera has received multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NICHD, NIDA, NIMH, NIA, NIMHD, and NCI). She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes; published six books; and participated extensively in academic forums worldwide while disseminating her work. As part of her studies in Puerto Rico, she became involved with HAPP and completed the NADA certification to provide auricular acupuncture.