NFA staffer, Jordan Aquino, pursues graduate degree while juggling four jobs

“Seeing such a great need and wanting to help people with chronic pain and related health issues has made all the studying and working well worth it!” – Jordan Aquino, NFA Research & Program Manager

Jordan Aquino with NFA president and founder Lynne Matallana

Jordan Aquino with NFA president and founder Lynne Matallana

If you think that today’s youth are stereotypically lazy and self-absorbed, then you haven’t met Jordan Aquino.

An honor student and recent graduate of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with a major in Health Science and Chemistry, Aquino, 27, will be pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at CSUF this coming academic year. Upon completion, he plans on advancing in academia by pursuing a doctoral and/or medical degree.

As if being a full-time student—including two terms as president of CSUF’s Honor Society—doesn’t keep him busy enough, Aquino has also juggled four jobs for the past two to four years.

At CSUF’s Fibromyalgia Research & Education Center (FREC), Aquino holds the title of Senior Research Coordinator; at Apex Research Institute in Santa Ana, he is Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator; he is on the editorial staff of theCalifornian Journal of Health Promotion; and at the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) in Anaheim, Aquino is the Research and Program Manager.

Aquino’s background in research studies has made him a popular presenter at several national medical conferences on behalf of the FREC and the NFA, speaking about the physical and cognitive statuses of people with fibromyalgia and how weight influences pain levels. He has also been published in peer-reviewed, scholarly, international journals.

“Jordan is one of the most talented and brightest staff members we’ve ever had,” said Lynne Matallana, president and founder of the NFA. “Jordan’s knowledge of his subject matter and passion for his profession are exceptional. The fibromyalgia community—present and future—are very fortunate to have him working on their behalf, particularly in the field of research in finding a cure for this debilitating chronic pain illness.”

“Working with these organizations and being able to see such a great need to help people with chronic pain and related health issues has made all the studying and working well worth it,” said Aquino. “My experiences have also solidified my passion and ambition to pursue medical research through higher education so that I may positively affect people’s quality of life.”

Jordan Aquino was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. He moved to Orange County in summer 2010.

In his spare time, Aquino enjoys high-adrenaline activities like skydiving and bungee jumping, golfing, playing tennis and volleyball, and traveling.

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