IHART Administrative Core Faculty and Staff

A multidisciplinary team of University of Washington scientists oversees the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program. The members of the administrative core have expertise in public health and community-based research, and a commitment to addressing health disparities among communities of color, especially American Indians and Alaska Natives. The dedication that each scientist has shown to mentoring junior scholars has earned them national and local recognition.

    Karina Walters , MSW, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Photo of  Karina  Walters , MSW, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

    Director, Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program
    Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
    William P. and Ruth Gerberding University Professor, School of Social Work

    Dr. Walters founded and directs the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute in the University of Washington School of Social Work. Her research focuses on historical, social, and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among AIAN. Dr. Walters is a faculty mentor on several research training awards for American Indian/Alaska Natives and underrepresented minority scholars across the country, and has been nominated twice for the UW Graduate Mentor of the Year award.

    Bonnie Duran , DrPH (Opelousas/Coushatta) Photo of  Bonnie  Duran , DrPH (Opelousas/Coushatta)

    Director, Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program
    Director, Center for Indigenous Health Research
    Associate Professor, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health

    Dr. Duran has worked in public health research, evaluation and education among AIAN and other communities of color for over 30 years. For the past 15 years, she has conducted studies of mental disorder prevalence, victimization risk factors and treatment seeking among Native Americans. She has also worked in partnership with AIAN rural communities in HIV/AIDS and STD treatment and prevention. Dr. Duran has been a co-investigator on two very successful NIH-funded R25 research training programs.

    Jane M. Simoni , PhD Photo of  Jane M. Simoni , PhD

    Professor, Department of Psychology
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Global Health, School of Public Health

    Dr. Simoni is a professor, clinical health psychologist and core faculty at the Center for AIDS Research’s Sociobehavioral and Prevention Research Core. She is an expert in behavioral research with a focus on HIV medication adherence and an interest in health disparities and health promotion among UREM, women, and gay and lesbian populations. Dr. Simoni recently won a graduate mentoring award from the American Psychological Association.

    Dedra Buchwald , MD Photo of  Dedra  Buchwald , MD
    Professor of Medicine, Harborview Medical Center Director, Center for Clinical & Epidemiological Research

    Dr. Buchwald has developed a program of culturally appropriate research that ranges from physical and mental health, and career development and training. She has been nominated almost every year for the UW Medicine Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Award for Outstanding Mentorship and in 2005 for the lifetime Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Buchwald directs the NIA-funded Native Investigator Development Program, a two-year career training program for AIAN post-doctoral fellows.

    Tessa Evans-Campbell , PhD (Snohomish) Photo of  Tessa  Evans-Campbell , PhD (Snohomish)
    Associate Professor, School of Social Work University of Washington

    Associate Professor Tessa Evans-Campbell is the director of the UW School of Social Work’s MSW program. She completed her BA in art history at the University of Washington and her MSW and PhD at the University of California Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on historical trauma, resistance and healing; cultural buffers of trauma; substance use and mental health; and indigenous family wellness. Dr. Evans-Campbell is a current member of the Snohomish Tribal Council.

    Meg Meneghel MacDonald , PhD Photo of  Meg Meneghel MacDonald , PhD
    Project Director Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program

    Dr. MacDonald has worked to support academic success for students of color at the University of Washington since 2002. She has eighteen years of experience as an academic writer and editor, a background in American history and American studies including several years teaching at the college level, and has published on graduate education and teacher training.