Dr. Villalta-Gil has more than 15 years of experience in evaluating clinical outcomes and assessing neurofunctional, cognitive, and social determinants of mental health disorders. She has designed and led multiple descriptive studies aiming at deepening our knowledge of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in clinical populations and settings. She has also designed and implemented the methods, testing protocols, and study design of studies that utilize complex neuroimaging data. She held a leading role in one of the first studies funded under NIH’s RDoC initiative in which over 200 pairs of twins with high psychopathology traits were extensively assessed with behavioral experiments, clinical and cognitive measures, and neuroimaging techniques. She has acted as the subject expert for a study aiming at developing and testing innovative strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of ethnic and racial minorities in clinical trials.