Dr. Silva obtained her doctorate degree in Epidemiology with a minor in Biostatistics from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Her research focus is on sleep, sleep disordered breathing, obesity, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and infectious diseases. She has taught several university courses including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Care Organizations, Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice. Her philosophy in teaching is to give students all the necessary tools for them to be able to learn and apply their new knowledge to help them perform their own evaluations. At the same time, students should be able to apply critical thinking, perform independent studies and interpret their results.