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IHART Fellows 2013

    Ramona E. Beltrán , PhD, MSW (Mexica/Yaqui) Photo of  Ramona E. Beltrán , PhD, MSW (Mexica/Yaqui)
    Assistant Professor University of Denver

    Ramona Beltrán is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work,
    University of Denver. Dr. Beltrán’s scholarship focuses on the intersections
    of historical trauma, embodiment, and environmental/social determinants of
    health as they affect health and risk behaviors in indigenous communities.
    She holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Washington.

    Alicia C. Mousseau , PhD (Oglala Lakota)
    Director Little Wound SchoolBehavioral Health and Wellness Department

    Dr. Mousseau has a PhD in Psychology from Creighton University. This
    background in clinical psychology has allowed her to provide research and
    clinical consulting services for many different organizations that offer
    programming on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She is currently director of the
    Behavioral Health and Wellness Department at Little Wound School, Kyle, SD.
    She is also recently appointed as Research Instructor, Department of
    Community & Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health,
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO.

    Beverly S. Patchell , PhD, R.N. (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
    Assistant Professor University of UtahCollege Of Nursing

    Dr. Beverly Patchell is Assistant Professor in the College Of Nursing, at
    the University of Utah. She holds a PhD in Nursing with a focus on health
    disparities from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. Dr. Patchell
    received her bachelors and masters of Science in nursing from the University
    of Oklahoma. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental
    Health nursing for 20 years and has certifications in the Psychiatric and
    Mental Health care of Children and Adolescents and in Nursing
    Administration, Advanced, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

    Cynthia R. Pearson , PhD Photo of  Cynthia R. Pearson , PhD
    Research Assistant Professor University of WashingtonSchool of Social Work

    Research Assistant Professor Cynthia R Pearson directs the Research Methods
    and Policy Core at the Interdisciplinary Indigenous Wellness Research
    Institute (IWRI) where she collaborates with indigenous scholars in the
    development of research policies and directs iterative data analysis on
    historical and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among
    American Indians and Alaska Natives. She holds a PhD in Health Services from
    the University of Washington.

    Lisa Rey Thomas , Ph.D. (Tlingit)
    University of WashingtonAlcohol and Drug Abuse Institute

    Dr. Thomas is Principal Investigator, Tribes and Recognized American Indian
    Organizations Health Priorities Summit at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse
    Institute, University of Washington. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology
    from the University of Washington. Dr. Thomas’s research focus is
    community-based participatory research with American Indian and Alaska
    Native (AIAN) communities to reduce health disparities and promote health
    and wellness in a culturally appropriate and strengths based manner.


     

    IHART Fellows 2011

      Annie Belcourt , PhD (Blackfeet, Chippewa, Mandan & Hidatsa) Photo of  Annie  Belcourt , PhD (Blackfeet, Chippewa, Mandan & Hidatsa)
      Assistant Professor University of MontanaSchool of Public and Community Health Sciences

      Dr. Belcourt is Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana. Her research interests include: mental health disparities among Native Americans; post-traumatic stress disorder intervention, prevention, and epidemiology; and risk and resiliency.

      Daniel Dickerson DO, MPH (Inupiaq) Photo of  Daniel  Dickerson DO, MPH (Inupiaq)
      Assistant Research Psychiatrist, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs University of California, Los Angeles

      Dr. Daniel Dickerson, DO, MPH, is Assistant Research Psychiatrist for the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) at the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his DO from Western University of Health Sciences and his MPH from A.T. Still University. His research focuses on substance abuse among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and developing culturally tailored substance abuse treatments for AI/ANs.

      Tommi L. Gaines , DrPH (Navajo) Photo of  Tommi L. Gaines , DrPH (Navajo)
      Research Project Scientist, School of Medicine University of California, San Diego

      Dr. Tommi L. Gaines is Research Project Scientist at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She earned her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include Bayesian modeling, multilevel analysis, health surveys, missing data applications, and public health research.

      Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan , DrPH (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Photo of  Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan , DrPH (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
      Assistant Professor, College of Public Health University of Oklahoma

      Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan is Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma. She earned her DrPH in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and attended Stanford University’s film school and the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking. Her research is focused on participatory action research with Indigenous communities for social justice and improved health outcomes. She uses documentary film, photography, and social media to create innovative programs aimed at community organizing and capacity building for health promotion.

      Melissa Walls , PhD (Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe & Couchiching First Nation) Photo of  Melissa  Walls , PhD (Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe & Couchiching First Nation)
      Assistant Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences University of Minnesota-Duluth

      Dr. Walls is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences at theUniversity of Minnesota Duluth. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research interests include community-based participatory research with American Indian/First Nations communities and understanding the historical and contemporary social determinants of health/mental health for Indigenous individuals and families.

       

      IHART Fellows 2010

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

        Dr. Evans-Campbell is associate professor in the University of Washington School of Social Work, director of the Center for Indigenous Child & Family Research, and associate director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. She earned her PhD from the Department of Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles. Evans-Campbell’s research is aimed at Indian child welfare and the impact of historical trauma on caretaking, families, parenting and welfare.

        Primary Mentor
        Geri Donenberg, PhD
        Professor, Department of Psychiatry
        University of Illinois at Chicago

        Pilot Project Title: HIV/AIDS and Urban American Indian Women: A Prevention Study

        Michelle Johnson-Jennings , PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Photo of  Michelle  Johnson-Jennings , PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
        Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy University of Minnesota

        Dr. Johnson-Jennings is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Minnesota, Duluth campus. She received her PhD from the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests include American Indian healthcare disparities and biopsychosocial protective factors.

        Primary Mentor:
        Jan Beals, PhD
        Co-Director of Research, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
        Department of Community and Behavioral Health
        School of Public Health
        University of Colorado Denver

        Pilot Project Title: Preventative Factors against Prescription Drug Abuse, Other Substances Use, Risky Sexual Behavior and HIV Risks among American Indians

        Andrew Jolivette , PhD (Opelousa/Atakapa-Ishak/Creole) Photo of  Andrew  Jolivette , PhD (Opelousa/Atakapa-Ishak/Creole)
        Associate Professor and Chair, American Indian Studies San Francisco State University

        Dr. Jolivette is associate professor and chair of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His areas of interest include the urban Indian experience, critical mixed race studies, and HIV/AIDS disparities in indigenous and people of color communities.

        Primary Mentor:
        Nina Wallerstein, Dr.PH
        Projessor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
        Director, Center for Participatory Research
        Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy
        University of New Mexico

        Pilot Project Title: Mixed Race Native American Gay Men and HIV: A Study of Social Stigmatization and the Impact of Social Stigmas on Risk Behavior among Mixed Race Native American MSM Living in Urban Areas

        David A. Patterson , PhD (Cherokee/ Irish) Photo of  David A. Patterson , PhD (Cherokee/ Irish)
        Assistant Professor, School of Social Work University at Buffalo, State University of New York

        Dr. Patterson is assistant professor of Social Work and director of the Native American Center for Wellness Research at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his PhD in Social Work from the University of Louisville/University of Kentucky. His professional interests are: alcohol and other drug treatment retention and effectiveness for special populations; barriers to best practices adoption in community-based organizations; and Native American/Indigenous people’s health and wellness.

        Primary Mentor:
        Jane Simoni, PhD
        Professor, Department of Psychology
        University of Washington

        Pilot Project Title: A Pilot Study Connecting Historical Trauma to HIV Risk: “Healing in Volumes”©: A New Approach to HIV