As Research Specialist Senior, Villalta-Gil plays a key role in MVA research projects and efforts, such as the Recruitment Innovation Centers Supplement, developing recruitment strategies to increase participation of minorities in clinical trials.
Before joining the MVA, Villalta-Gil worked in the Psychological Sciences Department at Vanderbilt University. She became a postdoc scholar in a project aimed at identifying the neuro-functional and behavioral mechanisms found in various mental disorders.
Prior to that, she was involved in a research team within a psychiatric hospital setting in Spain. She worked with people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and studied the determinants that cause social disability in them.
Villalta-Gil, a native of Spain, studied psychology at the Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona, earning her Masters Degree in adult population psychopathology and her PhD in psychology research