René Dario Herrera

Key Skills

  • Data gathering
  • Data management
  • Research design
  • Text analysis
  • Data processing
  • Qualitative research
  • Multimedia production
  • Building codebooks
  • Public speaking
  • User experience research
  • Interviews (structured, semi-structured, intercept)
  • Survey

Professional Experience

Qualitative Data Analysis

  • Ethnographic research
  • Gather and process data for qualitative analysis
  • Design and conduct interviews
  • Design and facilitate focus groups
  • Conduct text analysis
  • Experience with Atlas.ti, MAXQDA, & RQDA
  • Experience with Qualtrics, & REDCap

Quantitative Data Analysis

  • Use R to conduct statistical analysis
  • Generate reports and dashboards for communicating research results
  • Establish data project workflow to collect, tidy, and process data for reporting and communications
  • Experience with SPSS, SAS


  • Gather and analyze data from a variety of sources
  • Conduct statistical modeling and analysis of cancer burden trends
  • Present results as an academic presentation, publication, or for the public
  • Experience with geospatial analysis using R, ArcGIS, and GRASS

Employment History

  • Coconino County Health and Human Services; Epidemiologist; 10/21 - Present
  • University of Arizona Cancer Center; Data Analyst; 2019-2021
  • Estrella Mountain Community College; Adjunct Faculty; 2019 - Present
  • Valley of the Sun YMCA: Personal Trainer; 2018-2021
  • University of South Florida College of Public Health; Graduate Research Assistant; 2016-2018
  • University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences; Graduate Teaching Assistant; 2015-2017
  • Mountain Park Health Center; Systems Manager & Clinic Supervisor; 2008–2015


  • Herrera, René Dario, and Spencer Bockover. “Rebranding Public Anthropology: The Use of Digital Media Production to Engage Students with Applied Research.” ABD Journal 5 (2018): 81–90.
  • Herrera, René Dario. “Positive Deviance as a Framework for Understanding Motivations and Barriers to Exercise for University Students at Campus Recreation.” Thesis, University of South Florida, 2018.


  • 2017 Exercise and Human Rights, Florida Academy of Sciences
  • 2017 Exercise is a Human Right, Society for Applied Anthropology
  • 2017 Re-Branding Anthropology, Public Anthropology Conference at American University


  • Herrera, René, Omar Contreras, and Jennifer Hatcher. “Building Partnership with Town Halls: Engaging the Community with Conversation.” Abstract presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Anthropological Association, n.d.
  • Jones, Desiree, Gabriela Ruiz, Octavio Castaños, René Herrera, Juan Contreras II, David O. Garcia, Monica Yellowhair, and Jennifer Hatcher. “Development of virtual outreach strategies to supply cancer education and prevention information during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Abstract presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, n.d.
  • Jones, Desiree, Gabriela Ruiz, Juan Contreras II, René Herrera, Amanda A. Lee, Monica Yellowhair, and Jennifer Hatcher. “Administering colorectal cancer education via an inflatable colon with the underrepresented and underserved population of Arizona.” Abstract presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, n.d.


  • 2018 M.P.H., University of South Florida, Epidemiology
  • 2018 M.A., University of South Florida, Applied Anthropology
  • 2018 Graduate Certificate, University of South Florida, Applied Biostatistics
  • 2008 B.S., Arizona State University (cum laude), Exercise and Wellness with minor in Anthropology

Volunteer Experience

  • City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission. Commissioner. 2020 - Present