Bryn Mawr College: International Studies, Health Studies, B.A.


Gissell Montoya currently serves as a Clinical Data Associate at Proxima Clinical Research, Inc. Proxima is a contract research organization focused on assisting emerging pharmaceutical and medical device companies in clinical product development.

Prior to joining Proxima, Gissell worked at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she served as a Research Data Coordinator, helping coordinate programs for cancer survivors and helping at risk individuals lose weight using e-health digital devices.

Gissell has research experience in diabetes prevention, e-health digital devices, cancer prevention, survivorship, telehealth, and medical tourism.

Positions and Honors:

Proxima Clinical Research, Inc., Houston, Texas
Clinical Data Associate

Science 37, Inc., Houston, Texas
Clinical Data Coordinator

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Research Data Coordinator

Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Resource Development AmeriCorps VISTA

Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Research & Evaluation Intern

Contributions to Science:

Ms. Montoya has contributed to the following publications:  

Montoya, Gissell & Gatus, Leticia & Flores, Sara & Garcia, Mildred, & Basen-Engquist, Karen. (2019). Active Living After Cancer a Program Delivered by Community Health Workers. Poster presented at: 7th State of the Science Cancer Survivorship Research Symposium; 2019 Nov 15; Houston, TX.

Montoya, Gissell & Robertson, Michael & Levy, Erma & Raber, Margaret & Flores, Sara & Le, Thuan & Basen-Engquist, Karen. (2020). Vibrant Lives: An eHealth Weight Loss Intervention Using Fitbit Devices and Facebook to Improve the Well-being of Employees of the Pasadena Independent School District. Poster presented at: National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media; 2020 Oct 6-8; Atlanta, Georgia.

Montoya, Gissell (2017). Denied Their Gender: The Impact of Medical Tourism on Access to Gender Reassignment Surgery by ‘Kathoey’ Communities in Thailand. Paper presented at: 2017 North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting: Peace in a Time of Polarization; 2017 Mar 30 – Apr 1; Indianapolis, Indiana.

Additional Information:
OriginallY From:
Houston, TX
Fun Fact:
In college I dyed my hair over 10 colors
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