University of Santo Tomas
Prof. Peralta is a physical therapist by profession and has completed a Master of Health Professions Education and a Doctor of Public Health (Epidemiology) at the University of the Philippines Manila. Her research centers on quality assurance studies in health professions education, public health, and epidemiology. She has been actively involved in community-engaged research projects that focus on the provision of community-based rehabilitation for persons with disabilities and the elderly. Throughout her academic career trajectory, she is now serving as the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at the University of Santo Tomas where she promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among academic programs, with the goal of integrating research and community service to outcomes-based education for students. Prof. Peralta has been instrumental to the creation of a local IPE network in the Philippines which is now called PHIPEC Net. Her experience as an educator has earned her esteemed recognition from peers, locally and nationally, including the Outstanding Professional of the Year for Physical Therapy in 2010 granted by the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines, among others. She likewise occupied key positions in professional organizations and served as consultant in working groups of government agencies making her knowledgeable about how education, practice, and community work transact to better health outcomes in the Philippines.