Madison Raposa, MS (she/her/hers)
Ms. Madison Raposa is working on her doctorate in Environmental and Occupational Health. She is part of the FIRST Center's commitment to create the next generation of fire service researchers. Her research interests include the impact of the work environment on the mental health of first responders and the increased risk of injury among firefighters.
Ms. Raposa received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Science from Stonehill College in 2020. She earned her Master of Science in Population Health Research with a focus in Epidemiology from Boston University in 2021.
As part of her master's degree program, Ms. Raposa studied the association between depression diagnosis and symptoms and mental health utilization among college students. Additionally, she conducted a research project focused on studying the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries across occupations. In the summer of 2021, Ms. Raposa worked full time as a Firefighter Injury, Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation (FIRE) Fellow and contributed to the development of a violence prevention curriculum for fire-based EMS responders under a contract with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
Her passion towards research in the fire service stems from her personal life experience. Ms. Raposa is the daughter of a lieutenant from the New Bedford Fire Department in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Ms. Raposa will continue her work on conducting research with the fire and rescue service for her doctoral dissertation.