Our Team



Hi, I’m Dr. Stockman! I’m the Principal Investigator for The THRIVE Study, which means that I am who designed, developed, and lead the study. Particularly, I am one who supervises the study investigators, staff, and clinics and leads all aspects of the study. I received a PhD in Epidemiology, a master’s degree in public health, and have worked at UC San Diego Health since 2009.

I have dedicated my career towards improving the lives of women. As a researcher, I do this by understanding genetic and social interactions in order to create better care and treatment. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct this study in San Diego and work with such great women.


Hi, I’m Dr. Karris! I’m the Physician for The THRIVE Study, which means that I am who conducts the exams for the study visits. Particularly, I am the one who meets with our participants in the clinic, then completes the vaginal exams and sample collection. I am a medical doctor who is board certified in Internal Medicine and have worked as a Physician at UC San Diego Health since 2006.

My interests stem from the “bedside-to-bench”, in that I pursue work that directly responds to the day-to-day needs of my patients. It is an honor to work on a study that is devoted to improving the health and well-being of women and girls.

Shaughanassee B. Vines, DNP, CNM

Hi, I am Shaughanassee! I am the Certified Nurse Midwife for the THRIVE Study which means I also conduct the exams for the study participants. I, too, meet with our participants in the clinic to complete their vaginal exam and sample collection.  I have a Doctoral degree in nursing and have worked in women’s health for over 10 years.

Advocating for women and patient education are my passions! Each of us deserves compassionate care, and we all do better once we learn more. I firmly believe that it is my job to remind every woman that she is important and has power, and I am her partner in her health decisions. I am grateful to be a part of this study because I can help empower women and show them how to empower others by participating in research – research by women, for women!



Hi, I’m Kate! I’m the Project Coordinator for the THRIVE Study, which means that I run the day-to-day activities, work with our participants, community partners, and study staff, and make sure everything with the study is going smoothly. It is my job to keep the study running! You might see me anywhere the study is operating! I make phone calls, answer text messages, conduct study visits, lead meetings, post on social media, and fill in where needed.

When you don’t like what’s happening in the world around you, I believe in finding a way to facilitate change. That’s why I do this work, as this is my way of making change, and I’m lucky that I love to do it


Hi, I’m Alexandra! I’m a Bilingual Research Associate for the THRIVE Study, which means I assist Kate with daily activities of the study, coordinate and schedule participants and conduct study visits. I help out where it is needed to make sure the study runs smoothly and is well organized. You might see me in the AVRC in Hillcrest! I answer phone calls and text messages and fill in where needed.  As someone who truly believes in finding solution and facilitating change, I feel this study is a great opportunity to learn more about women and contribute to making a difference in their lives. I feel fortunate to be in a position where I get to work with and interact with such amazing and empowered team of women!


Hi, I’m Giovanna! I’m the Therapist for the THRIVE Study. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I provide therapeutic support to both staff and participants. I also provide appropriate referrals to community resources. I am committed to the girls and women who are in this study and I am very available to assist and support when needed.

I am honored to be working with a team and in a position that allows me to do what I love, which is to empower, encourage, and assist others and be part of their journey moving toward where they would like to be.

Together we can THRIVE!