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Liljana S. Trenova, MPH
Curriculum Vitae
liljana.trenova@gmail.com
EDUCATION
Master of Public Health Health Education and Promotion 6/2013 – 3/2016
Loma Linda University – Loma Linda, CA
Post-Baccalaureate Studies Biomedicine 1/2003 – 5/2006
San Diego State University – San Diego, CA
San Diego Mesa College – San Diego, CA
Bachelor of Science Business Administration 8/1997 – 8/2001
Emphasis in Information Systems
San Diego State University – San Diego, CA
Grossmont College – El Cajon, CA
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Clinical Research Coordinator 10/2011 – Present
Department of Psychiatry
Veterans Medical Research Foundation – San Diego, CA
VA San Diego Healthcare System – Research Service
Enhanced Cognitive Rehabilitation to Treat Comorbid TBI and PTSD
PI: Amy Jak, Ph.D.
Responsibilities include:
 Implementation, maintenance and close out of the clinical trial ensuring regulatory
compliance with VA Institutional Review Board (IRB) and US Army Human Research
Protections Office (HRPO). Write quarterly and annual reports to the granting agency,
Department of Defense;
 Oversee recruitment of Veterans with comorbid Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), maintain relationships with VA clinics and
recruitment sites in the community including local Veterans Centers, colleges and
universities;
 Pre-screen Veterans via data abstraction from VA medical records, phone screen and
obtain informed consent, administer and score neuropsychological tests; complying
with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
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 Design and maintain research databases in Excel and SPSS complying with human
research protections office (HRPO) regulations for deidentification. Responsible for
randomization to two different psychotherapies;
 Scheduling Veterans in the VA computerized patient record system (CPRS) using
Veterans Health Information Systems & Technology Architecture (VISTA). Enter
phone screen and study visit notes into CPRS;
 Coordinate efforts and function as a liaison for Veterans with multidisciplinary staff of
study investigators, study psychologist, psychology fellows, and staff;
 Supervise research assistant and volunteers, provide guidance and prioritize tasks;
 Attend to administrative needs, including research record keeping, complying with
HRPO.
Adverse Events Report Quality Control 9/2011 – 10/2011
Department of Neurosciences
University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
The Gammaglobuling Alzheimer’s Partnership Study
PI: Michael Rafii, MD, Ph. D.
Conducted serious adverse event (SAE) report review and developed an SAE database for
quality control.
MRI Processing Research Associate 6/2010 – 8/2011
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
 Quality control review of brain images (anatomical and diffusion MRI) of participants
with or without HIV and substance abuse collected for clinical research;
 Data transfer, management, processing of MR image data, including neuroanatomy
using AFNI and Linux;
 Screening and behavioral survey administration with participants including: urine and
alcohol toxicology, depression inventories and drug history;
 Data management, basic statistical tasks using Excel, JMP and SPSS software;
 Preparation of progress reports, updates, presentations (MS Word, PowerPoint);
 Creation of spreadsheets, databases, forms, and scoring tables using normative data;
 Processing and scoring of standard neuropsychological test data; and
 Organization of patient data, assessment supplies and general office tasks.
Clinical Trials Regulatory Associate 3/2010 – 4/2010
Department of Hematology/Oncology
Moores Cancer Center
University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
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Consortium of Immune Globulin Intravenous (IGIV) Studies
Ensured regulatory compliance with institutional and federal oversight bodies for over 30
clinical protocols:
 Collaborated with study coordinators, nurse, fiscal analyst, informatics analyst and
principal investigators and co-investigators for the launch and uninterrupted
continuation of studies.
 Corresponded with and submitted documentation to the UCSD Institutional Review
Board, UCSD Protocol Review Monitoring Committee, UCSD Human Exposure
Review Committee, and Industry Sponsor Representatives.
 Maintained documentation compliant with institutional, federal, and sponsor
regulations.
Research Associate, Study Coordinator 2/2008 – 1/2010
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
Inflammatory Markers in Late-life Depression and Chronic Pain
Tai Chi for Sub-threshold Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults
PI: Thomas Meeks, M.D.
Assisted the principle investigator, independently developed skills necessary for launching
and coordinating studies:
 Corresponded with the IRB ensuring compliance.
 Coordinated with multidisciplinary team members.
 Established recruitment, managed scheduling, transportation, and participant
compensation.
 Explained the research subject’s bill of rights, the study consent, and HIPAA.
 Interacted with participants throughout course of study.
 Administered and scored neuropsychological, clinical and self-report instruments.
 Transported and managed storage of blood serum samples.
Research Associate 7/2008 – 7/2009
Department of Psychiatry
Veterans Medical Research Foundation – San Diego, CA
VA San Diego Healthcare System – Research Service
Long-term Metabolic, Cardiovascular, and Cerebrovascular Effects of
Newer Antipsychotics in Older Patients (MCCE)
PI: Dilip Jeste, M.D.
 Collected data from older adult participants with variety of psychiatric disorders
(including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, major depression, anxiety, and
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Alzheimer’s disease), their caregivers and/or research clinical staff regarding study
drugs aripiprazole (Abilify), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel), olanzapine
(Zyprexa).
 Administered and scored neuropsychological and functional tests.
 Obtained objective data from caregiver or clinician whenever a participant was
unreliable.
 Communicated significant changes in neuropsychological and clinical symptoms to
clinical staff.
Scribe, Emergency Department 6/2007 – 9/2007
Contract: Scribe America – Lancaster, CA
Location: Tri-City Medical Center, Emergency Department – Oceanside, CA
Assisted physicians and physician assistants in completing patient record notes for 6-22
patients in a shift (day and night):
 Collected demographic data, medical history and chief complaint from patients.
 Worked with ED secretary to reach specialists for consultations, including psychiatric
evaluation.
 Entered all ED visit activities, i.e. exam/review of system, performed procedures and
tests, administered drugs and fluids, current and ruled out diagnoses.
 Followed status and charted patient’s lab, radiology/imaging and other tests.
PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES
Rauch, A. A., Hoffman, S., Jurick, S. M., Keller, A., Sanderson, M., Crocker, L., Johnson, C.,
Trenova, L., & Jak, A. J. (Accepted). Examination of social relations and working
memory in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with a history of mild to moderate TBI and
PTSD. To be presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Convention,
Denver, CO.
Keller, A. V., Jurick, S.M., DeFord, N.E., Sanderson-Cimino, M. E., Crocker, L. D., Rauch,
A.A., Hoffman, S.N., Trenova, L.S., Boyd, B.L., & Jak, A.J. (Accepted). Depressive
symptom clusters and cognitive functioning in OEF/OIF Veterans with comorbid
PTSD/TBI. To be presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association
Convention, Denver, CO.
Jurick, S.M., Sanderson, M., Crocker, L., Johnson, C., Trenova, L., Keller, A., Rauch, A. & Jak,
A.J. (February 2016). Examination of cut scores on the validity subscale of the
Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with a history of
mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Presented at the 44th annual meeting of the
International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.
Jurick, S. M., Sanderson-Cimino, M., Trenova, L., Boyd, B., Schiehser, D., Delano-Wood, L.,
Aupperle, R., Twamley. E., Rodgers, C. & Jak, A. J. (February 2015). Mental Health
Treatment Reduces Post-concussive Symptoms and Symptom Overreporting in Iraq and
Liljana Trenova, MPH Page 5 of 6
Afghanistan Veterans. Presented at the 43rd
International Neuropsychological Society,
Denver, Colorado.
McKibbin, C.L., Trenova-Oliver, L., Sirkin, A., Patterson, T., & Jeste, DV. (March 2006).
Diabetes knowledge in middle-aged and elderly patients with schizophrenia. Presented at
the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, San Juan,
Puerto Rico.
McKibbin, C.L., Trenova-Oliver, L., Sirkin, A., Patterson, T., & Jeste, DV. (March 2006).
Diabetes knowledge in middle-aged and elderly patients with schizophrenia and diabetes
mellitus. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric
Psychiatry, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
AWARDS AND HONORS
 HOPE, WW Community Service Scholarship - 2000
 Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre-professional Health Honor Society – 2003
 Deans Honor List, Grossmont College
ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP
Alpha Epsilon Delta, National Health Pre-professional Honor Society
President – CA Zeta Chapter, San Diego, CA 6/2005 – 5/2006
Vice President – CA Zeta Chapter, San Diego, CA 6/2004 – 5/2005
Fundraising Chair – CA Zeta Chapter, San Diego, CA 6/2003 – 5/2004
Accepted Member, Harrisonburg, VA 4/2003
TRAINING AND INTERNSHIPS
Qualitative Research Internship 3/2015 – 12/2015
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
PI: Samantha Hurst, Ph.D., M.A.
This internship provided advanced instruction and training in qualitative data analysis.
Developed a set of skills for organizing qualitative data in preparation for analysis and an
understanding of the different techniques and approaches used in coding data, as well as
theoretical analysis and interpretation.
Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID) 3/2008
Trained in the administration and scoring by a licensed psychologist. Demonstrated inter-
rater reliability and was approved for independent administration and scoring.
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Research Assistant Volunteer, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry 6/2003 – 5/2006
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
PI: Christine McKibbin, Ph.D.
Medical Clinic Assistant, HOPE WW 7/2000 – 8/2000
Helping Other People Everywhere World Wide – Manila, Philippines

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Liljana Trenova

  • 1. Liljana S. Trenova, MPH Curriculum Vitae liljana.trenova@gmail.com EDUCATION Master of Public Health Health Education and Promotion 6/2013 – 3/2016 Loma Linda University – Loma Linda, CA Post-Baccalaureate Studies Biomedicine 1/2003 – 5/2006 San Diego State University – San Diego, CA San Diego Mesa College – San Diego, CA Bachelor of Science Business Administration 8/1997 – 8/2001 Emphasis in Information Systems San Diego State University – San Diego, CA Grossmont College – El Cajon, CA PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Clinical Research Coordinator 10/2011 – Present Department of Psychiatry Veterans Medical Research Foundation – San Diego, CA VA San Diego Healthcare System – Research Service Enhanced Cognitive Rehabilitation to Treat Comorbid TBI and PTSD PI: Amy Jak, Ph.D. Responsibilities include:  Implementation, maintenance and close out of the clinical trial ensuring regulatory compliance with VA Institutional Review Board (IRB) and US Army Human Research Protections Office (HRPO). Write quarterly and annual reports to the granting agency, Department of Defense;  Oversee recruitment of Veterans with comorbid Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), maintain relationships with VA clinics and recruitment sites in the community including local Veterans Centers, colleges and universities;  Pre-screen Veterans via data abstraction from VA medical records, phone screen and obtain informed consent, administer and score neuropsychological tests; complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • 2. Liljana Trenova, MPH Page 2 of 6  Design and maintain research databases in Excel and SPSS complying with human research protections office (HRPO) regulations for deidentification. Responsible for randomization to two different psychotherapies;  Scheduling Veterans in the VA computerized patient record system (CPRS) using Veterans Health Information Systems & Technology Architecture (VISTA). Enter phone screen and study visit notes into CPRS;  Coordinate efforts and function as a liaison for Veterans with multidisciplinary staff of study investigators, study psychologist, psychology fellows, and staff;  Supervise research assistant and volunteers, provide guidance and prioritize tasks;  Attend to administrative needs, including research record keeping, complying with HRPO. Adverse Events Report Quality Control 9/2011 – 10/2011 Department of Neurosciences University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA The Gammaglobuling Alzheimer’s Partnership Study PI: Michael Rafii, MD, Ph. D. Conducted serious adverse event (SAE) report review and developed an SAE database for quality control. MRI Processing Research Associate 6/2010 – 8/2011 Department of Psychiatry University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA  Quality control review of brain images (anatomical and diffusion MRI) of participants with or without HIV and substance abuse collected for clinical research;  Data transfer, management, processing of MR image data, including neuroanatomy using AFNI and Linux;  Screening and behavioral survey administration with participants including: urine and alcohol toxicology, depression inventories and drug history;  Data management, basic statistical tasks using Excel, JMP and SPSS software;  Preparation of progress reports, updates, presentations (MS Word, PowerPoint);  Creation of spreadsheets, databases, forms, and scoring tables using normative data;  Processing and scoring of standard neuropsychological test data; and  Organization of patient data, assessment supplies and general office tasks. Clinical Trials Regulatory Associate 3/2010 – 4/2010 Department of Hematology/Oncology Moores Cancer Center University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
  • 3. Liljana Trenova, MPH Page 3 of 6 Consortium of Immune Globulin Intravenous (IGIV) Studies Ensured regulatory compliance with institutional and federal oversight bodies for over 30 clinical protocols:  Collaborated with study coordinators, nurse, fiscal analyst, informatics analyst and principal investigators and co-investigators for the launch and uninterrupted continuation of studies.  Corresponded with and submitted documentation to the UCSD Institutional Review Board, UCSD Protocol Review Monitoring Committee, UCSD Human Exposure Review Committee, and Industry Sponsor Representatives.  Maintained documentation compliant with institutional, federal, and sponsor regulations. Research Associate, Study Coordinator 2/2008 – 1/2010 Department of Psychiatry University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA Inflammatory Markers in Late-life Depression and Chronic Pain Tai Chi for Sub-threshold Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults PI: Thomas Meeks, M.D. Assisted the principle investigator, independently developed skills necessary for launching and coordinating studies:  Corresponded with the IRB ensuring compliance.  Coordinated with multidisciplinary team members.  Established recruitment, managed scheduling, transportation, and participant compensation.  Explained the research subject’s bill of rights, the study consent, and HIPAA.  Interacted with participants throughout course of study.  Administered and scored neuropsychological, clinical and self-report instruments.  Transported and managed storage of blood serum samples. Research Associate 7/2008 – 7/2009 Department of Psychiatry Veterans Medical Research Foundation – San Diego, CA VA San Diego Healthcare System – Research Service Long-term Metabolic, Cardiovascular, and Cerebrovascular Effects of Newer Antipsychotics in Older Patients (MCCE) PI: Dilip Jeste, M.D.  Collected data from older adult participants with variety of psychiatric disorders (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, major depression, anxiety, and
  • 4. Liljana Trenova, MPH Page 4 of 6 Alzheimer’s disease), their caregivers and/or research clinical staff regarding study drugs aripiprazole (Abilify), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel), olanzapine (Zyprexa).  Administered and scored neuropsychological and functional tests.  Obtained objective data from caregiver or clinician whenever a participant was unreliable.  Communicated significant changes in neuropsychological and clinical symptoms to clinical staff. Scribe, Emergency Department 6/2007 – 9/2007 Contract: Scribe America – Lancaster, CA Location: Tri-City Medical Center, Emergency Department – Oceanside, CA Assisted physicians and physician assistants in completing patient record notes for 6-22 patients in a shift (day and night):  Collected demographic data, medical history and chief complaint from patients.  Worked with ED secretary to reach specialists for consultations, including psychiatric evaluation.  Entered all ED visit activities, i.e. exam/review of system, performed procedures and tests, administered drugs and fluids, current and ruled out diagnoses.  Followed status and charted patient’s lab, radiology/imaging and other tests. PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES Rauch, A. A., Hoffman, S., Jurick, S. M., Keller, A., Sanderson, M., Crocker, L., Johnson, C., Trenova, L., & Jak, A. J. (Accepted). Examination of social relations and working memory in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with a history of mild to moderate TBI and PTSD. To be presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, CO. Keller, A. V., Jurick, S.M., DeFord, N.E., Sanderson-Cimino, M. E., Crocker, L. D., Rauch, A.A., Hoffman, S.N., Trenova, L.S., Boyd, B.L., & Jak, A.J. (Accepted). Depressive symptom clusters and cognitive functioning in OEF/OIF Veterans with comorbid PTSD/TBI. To be presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, CO. Jurick, S.M., Sanderson, M., Crocker, L., Johnson, C., Trenova, L., Keller, A., Rauch, A. & Jak, A.J. (February 2016). Examination of cut scores on the validity subscale of the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with a history of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Presented at the 44th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA. Jurick, S. M., Sanderson-Cimino, M., Trenova, L., Boyd, B., Schiehser, D., Delano-Wood, L., Aupperle, R., Twamley. E., Rodgers, C. & Jak, A. J. (February 2015). Mental Health Treatment Reduces Post-concussive Symptoms and Symptom Overreporting in Iraq and
  • 5. Liljana Trenova, MPH Page 5 of 6 Afghanistan Veterans. Presented at the 43rd International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, Colorado. McKibbin, C.L., Trenova-Oliver, L., Sirkin, A., Patterson, T., & Jeste, DV. (March 2006). Diabetes knowledge in middle-aged and elderly patients with schizophrenia. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, San Juan, Puerto Rico. McKibbin, C.L., Trenova-Oliver, L., Sirkin, A., Patterson, T., & Jeste, DV. (March 2006). Diabetes knowledge in middle-aged and elderly patients with schizophrenia and diabetes mellitus. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, San Juan, Puerto Rico. AWARDS AND HONORS  HOPE, WW Community Service Scholarship - 2000  Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre-professional Health Honor Society – 2003  Deans Honor List, Grossmont College ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP Alpha Epsilon Delta, National Health Pre-professional Honor Society President – CA Zeta Chapter, San Diego, CA 6/2005 – 5/2006 Vice President – CA Zeta Chapter, San Diego, CA 6/2004 – 5/2005 Fundraising Chair – CA Zeta Chapter, San Diego, CA 6/2003 – 5/2004 Accepted Member, Harrisonburg, VA 4/2003 TRAINING AND INTERNSHIPS Qualitative Research Internship 3/2015 – 12/2015 Department of Family Medicine and Public Health University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA PI: Samantha Hurst, Ph.D., M.A. This internship provided advanced instruction and training in qualitative data analysis. Developed a set of skills for organizing qualitative data in preparation for analysis and an understanding of the different techniques and approaches used in coding data, as well as theoretical analysis and interpretation. Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID) 3/2008 Trained in the administration and scoring by a licensed psychologist. Demonstrated inter- rater reliability and was approved for independent administration and scoring.
  • 6. Liljana Trenova, MPH Page 6 of 6 Research Assistant Volunteer, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry 6/2003 – 5/2006 Department of Psychiatry University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA PI: Christine McKibbin, Ph.D. Medical Clinic Assistant, HOPE WW 7/2000 – 8/2000 Helping Other People Everywhere World Wide – Manila, Philippines