The Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program is pleased to welcome the 2011-2013 Fellows Cohort.
Assistant Professor, School of Public and Community Health Sciences
University of Montana
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.
|Primary Mentor:||Julie Baldwin, PhD
Professor, College of Public Health
University of South Flordia
Working Project Title: Culturally situated narratives of mental health needs and intervention development.
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.
|Primary Mentor:||Thomas L. Patterson, PhD
Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
Working Project Title: Analyzing the effectiveness of the Red Circle Project, a culturally relevant HIV prevention program for AI/ANs
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.
Carol Kaufman, PhD
Working Project Title: The Social Epidemiology of HIV/STIs among American Indian Women
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.
|Primary Mentor:||Dedra Buchwald, MD
Professor, School of Medicine
University of Washington
Working Project Title: Feasibility study assessing the efficacy of a narrative vs. informational video in promoting HIV testing among Native American women.
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.
|Primary Mentor:||John Lowe, RN, PhD (Cherokee)
Professor, John Wymer Distinguished Professor
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University
Working Project Title: "Three Generations Study" reconnecting with Health Pathways Study communities in the Midwest and Canada
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
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
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
Dr. Patterson is assistant professor of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. 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