Health Professions Academy

Meet our HPA Staff


Dr. Leo Morales

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Leo S. Morales, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. Prior to joining UW, he has held faculty appoints at UCSF, UCLA and the Group Health Research Institute. Dr. Morales’s research has focused on measurement of patient reported outcomes in diverse populations, and minority health and health disparities including immigrant and Latino Health.

Dr. Morales graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. He completed a research fellowship in primary care at UCLA and received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the RAND Graduate School. He also received a M.P.H. in Health Services from the University of Washington.


Dr. Susan Coldwell

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Dr. Susan E. Coldwell is an Associate Professor of Dental Public Health Sciences, Adjunct Associate Professor of both Pediatric Dentistry and Psychology, and Associate Dean for Student Life and Admissions in the School of Dentistry.

She earned a BA in psychology from Duke University in 1989 and received an MA (1990) and PhD (1994) in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania/Monell Chemical Senses Center. Her research interests include developmental and physiological influences on taste preference and perception. She also works in the area of cognitive influences on pain perception in children. General interests include issues in psychophysical measurement of pain, anxiety, and taste.



Dr. Douglass Jackson

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Professor, University of Washington School of Dentistry

Understanding and eliminating health disparities has been an unwavering focus of Dr. Douglass Jackson’s work for well over twelve years and is the foundation of his consulting. While serving as the Director of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and before that as the Associate Dean for Educational Partnerships and Diversity at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Dr. Jackson’s work was, and continues to be focused on applying quality improvement strategies to identify and address factors that contribute to health disparities. In addition to focusing on disparities in healthcare quality, he is also involved in work aimed at increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the health profession’s workforce and advocating for workplace climates in healthcare organizations that value inclusion and cultural competency. This work earned him the Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service Endowed Professorship while at the UW and the directorship of multiple groundbreaking programs sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Josiah Macy Foundation.

Dr. Jackson earned his dental degree and specialty training in anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, his master’s degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis at the University of Michigan and his doctoral degree in oral biology with an emphasis in pharmacology and neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.


Gabriel Gallardo

Dr. Gabriel Gallardo

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Dr. Gabriel Gallardo is currently the Associate Vice President for Students Services and Academic Support Programs in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. In his current position, Dr. Gallardo provides leadership for both state and federally funded programs that focus on the retention and graduation of students from low-income, first generation, and underrepresented backgrounds. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the federally funded TRIO McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program which focuses on preparing first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students for the doctoral degree.  He also administers OMA&D’s international initiatives and scholarship programs, and serves on OMA&D’s Executive Leadership Team.

Dr. Gallardo was born in Chile and came to the United States at the age of 11. He is the first member of his family to attend college. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography in 1989 from the University of Washington. He continued his graduate education at the UW, where he received a master’s degree in 1993 and a doctorate degree in geography in 2000.

Dr. Gallardo has served on various campus scholarship selection committees, advisory boards, and leadership search committees during his more than nineteen years of administrative experience at the UW. He has a passionate commitment to equity and inclusive excellence in higher education. He is a strong advocate of student success in higher education, in STEM fields, and believes in the training of leaders from diverse backgrounds who will make a meaningful impact in the community, at the local, state, and global levels.



Dr. Bill Mahoney

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Dr. Mahoney is a researcher in the Center of Cardiovascular Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the UW South Lake Union campus. Research in the Mahoney laboratory is centered on understanding the basic mechanism controlling cell differentiation. Areas of focus include: (1) the characterization of specific molecular signatures defining different vascular beds; (2) determination of the mechanism by which Regulator of G-protein Signaling (RGS) proteins mediate smooth muscle cell physiology during development and in response to disease; and (3) the signaling events controlling vasculogenesis, and ultimately arteriogenesis, of stem-cell grafts implanted into injured myocardium.  Dr. Mahoney will be serving as a Research Advisor for HPA scholars, also offering individual guidance and mentoring.


Teri Ward, Program Manager for HPA

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Director, Health Sciences Minority Students Program



 Antaknea Majors, Academic Advisor for HPA

Antaknea advises supports pre-health students pursing a variety of majors at the University of Washington. As the adviser for the Health Professions Academy, her goal is to provide a holistic approach to academic advising helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds, like herself, pursue their passions.  Antaknea was born and raised in Seattle, Wa. After graduating from Rainier Beach High School she attended Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Antaknea is currently completing her M.Ed in Higher Education Leadership from Central Washington University.

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Holly Letourneau, Operations Manager

Office: Health Sciences Building Room T-559, Ph: 206.221.3303

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