Scientific Mentor Network

The Scientific Mentor Network (SMN) mentors are experienced, senior scientists with extensive mentorship experience in American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) and underrepresented ethnic minority communities. Members of the SMN are on stand-by to be matched as mentors to IHART fellows and may participate in the winter roundtable or summer institute. Additionally, all have methodological or theoretical expertise relevant to AIAN communities and all have experience in developing culturally relevant prevention and intervention research with UREM or AIAN communities.

SMN Members

Alison J. Boyd-Ball, PhD (Colville Tribe), is services director of the Health, Education, Social Services Department, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in eastern Washington state.

jan_bealsJan Beals, PhD, is co-director of research, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Department of Community & Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health, at the University of Colorado at Denver.

dennis_donovanDennis Donovan, PhD, is director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute and professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Washington.

deb_kaysenDebra Kaysen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at the University of Washington.

Thomas L. Patterson, PhD (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), is professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

Howard Waitzkin, PhD, MD, is distinguished professor of Sociology, Family and Community Medicine, and Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico.

Nina B. Wallerstein, DrPH, is professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and director of the Center for Participatory Research and of the developing Community Engagement and Research component of the Clinical Translational Science Center at the Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico.