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From 2015-2019


During the course of the GUMSHOE program, six cohorts and over 100 junior faculty were mentored from October 2015 to January 2019. Each cohort included early-stage investigators whose research focused on a traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented population. The January 2019 cohort invited previous GUMSHOE participants to return for an additional mentor opportunity. Below are all the researchers that participated in GUMSHOE. 


We tried to include the most updated information on these scholars' current positions and research interests. If you'd like to know more, email sara.mumby@cuanschutz.edu.

Demetrius A. Abshire, PhD Cohort: October 2016
abshired@mailbox.sc.edu

Dr. Abshire is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. His research interests include rural health, obesity, physical activity, nutrition, and psychosocial determinants of health.

Marilou A. Andres, PhD Cohort: May 2018, January 2019
marilou@pbrc.hawaii.edu

Dr. Andres is an Assistant Researcher in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research seeks to understand the role of voltage-gated ion channels in mediating the mechanisms underlying the neurodegenerative and metabolic processes involved in diabetes, schizophrenia, HIV, and drug addiction.

Mapuana Antonio, DrPH Cohort: May 2018, January 2019
antoniom@hawaii.edu

Mapuana is an Assistant Professor, with a joint position in Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health at the Office of Public Health Studies and in Human Nutrition at the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research primarily focuses on community-based participatory research, determinants of health, resilience, and general health among Native Hawaiians.

Britni Ayers, PhD Cohort: May 2018, January 2019
BLAyers@uams.edu

Dr. Ayers is an Assistant Professor in the Community Health and Research Department at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences-Northwest. Her research interests include maternal and infant health disparities and policies among low-income and/or racial and ethnic minority women.

Rachel L. Bailey, PhD Cohort: October 2016
rbailey2@fsu.edu

Dr. Bailey is an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Her research program seeks to explicate complex human interactions with and via media and is rooted in biological and evolutionary perspectives including embodied, situated cognition and motivated cognition.

Kira H. Banks, PhD Cohort: September 2016
kira.banks@health.slu.edu

Dr. Banks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Her research program has two trajectories: 1) examining the experience of African Americans with discrimination and mental health, and 2) diversity in higher education and intergroup relations.

Erin O'Carroll Bantum, PhD Cohort: May 2018
ebantum@cc.hawaii.edu

Dr. Bantum is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research focuses on cancer survivorship. She conducts research on factors related to better adjustment to diagnosis and treatment, as well as longer-term survivorship.

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD Cohort: April 2016, January 2019
celestina@wsu.edu

Dr. Barbosa-Leiker is the Associate Dean for Research and an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University. She is also the Director for the Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and a member of the Committee on Cannabis Research and Outreach at WSU. Dr. Barbosa-Leiker’s primary research investigates gender differences in opioid use.

Porismita Borah, PhD Cohort: October 2016
p.borah@wsu.edu

Dr. Borah is an Associate Professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Her research interests include emerging technology in the context of politics and health, political communication, framing effects, and psychological mechanisms.

Amanda Boyd, PhD (Dane-zaa Metis) Cohort: April 2016, January 2019
celestina@wsu.edu

Dr. Boyd is an Assistant Professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Her research focuses on building the tools and theory necessary for successful communication of health risks among rural and Indigenous populations.

Glenna S. Brewster, PhD Cohort: September 2016
glenna.brewster@emory.edu

Dr. Brewster is an Assistant Professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her research interests include sleep, depression, cognition, caregivers, intervention development, and older adults.

Lee Ellen Buenconsejo-Lum, MD Cohort: May 2018
lbuencon@hawaii.edu

Dr. Buenconsejo-Lum is currently Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her scholarly work has included developing a regional cancer surveillance system in the USAPI, building health system capacity to address cancer health disparities (including telehealth), and improving prevention and screening for cervical cancer.

Joni M. Buffalohead, PhD (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) Cohort: October 2015

At the time of her participation in GUMSHOE, Dr. Buffalohead was the Tribal Operations Manager for Comprehensive Care Services, a BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota subsidiary and Third Party Administrator (TPA) for health plans. Her research interests include addressing health disparities by identifying medication-related needs with Indigenous health practices and appropriate dosing and drug therapy for American Indian Elders.

Charlene Bumanglag, PhD Cohort: May 2018, January 2019
bumac@hawaii.edu

Dr. Bumanlag is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Pharmacology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research interests are in affirming healthcare and surveillance systems that enhance services for sexual and gender minority (SGM), also referred to LGBTQIA, populations in the Asia Pacific.

Tamara J. Cadet, PhD Cohort: September 2016
tamara.cadet@simmons.edu

Dr. Cadet is an Associate Professor at the Simmons School of Social Work at Simmons University in Boston, MA. Dr. Cadet has worked in the fields of substance abuse, adoption, mental health, health care, schools, and oncology with children, adults, families, and older adults, as both a social worker and as a community organizer.

Robert D. Catena, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
robert.catena@wsu.edu

Dr. Catena is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Washington State University. His research has focused on how balance control and gait performance are modified due to injury, illness, or due to the environment.

Karletta Chief, PhD (Diné) Cohort: October 2015, January 2019
kchief@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Chief is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Part of Dr. Chief’s research focuses on how indigenous communities will be affected by climate change, and she has collaborated in an interdisciplinary group of scientists to determine how hydrological models can be improved to identify and mitigate risks to these vulnerable populations.

Jane Chung-Do, DrPH Cohort: October 2016, January 2019
chungjae@hawaii.edu

Dr. Chung-Do is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research interests focus on enhancing youth and family wellness in rural and minority communities across the State of Hawai'i.

Jeffrey Clark, PharmD Cohort: October 2016
jeffrey_clark@wsu.edu

Dr. Clark is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Washington State University. His research interests include home health care, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Ryon J. Cobb, PhD Cohort: September 2016
ryon.cobb@uta.edu

Dr. Cobb is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at University of Texas at Arlington. His research program contributes to ongoing efforts to create a more integrated science that better elucidates how one’s how racial identification—defined by self and/or identification by observers—combine with other factors (e.g., major and everyday instances of discrimination) to shape the health of adults throughout the lifecourse.

Ashley Comiford, DrPH (Cherokee) Cohort: October 2015
ashley.comiford@cherokee.org

Dr. Comiford is the epidemiologist for the Cherokee Nation Community Health Promotion Programs. She serves as the Cherokee Nation Youth Risk Behavior Survey coordinator, data analyst for the Cherokee Nation Adult Tobacco Survey, and lead evaluator for the Cherokee Nation Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Her research interests include Native American public health research, specifically tobacco use and prevention and related chronic diseases.

Kyaien Connor, PhD Cohort: September 2016
koconner@usf.edu

Dr. Conner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Her research investigates the factors that influence disparities in mental health service utilization and treatment outcomes for African American elders with depression.

Christopher P. Connolly, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
c.connolly@wsu.edu

Dr. Connolly is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Washington State University. His research focuses broadly on physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Regina Conway-Phillips, PhD Cohort: September 2016
koconner@usf.edu

Dr. Conway-Phillips is an Associate Professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Layola University Chicago. Her research interests are in the areas of breast cancer screening, health disparities and spirituality.

Brittany Cooper, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
brittany.cooper@wsu.edu

Dr. Cooper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University and Co-Lead of the IMproving Prevention through ACTion (IMPACT) Research Lab. Her research focuses using an innovative, person-centered methodological framework to understand how risk and protective factors interact to predict later health outcomes.

Peter R. Corridon, PhD Cohort: September 2016, January 2019
peter.corridon@cuanschutz.edu

Dr. Corridon is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is also the Founder, Owner, and Lead Consultant at C. Pantheon Consulting.

Yolanda Covington-Ward, PhD Cohort: September 2016
ydc1@pitt.edu

Dr. Covington-Ward is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests revolve around the relationship between social connections, interpersonal interactions, and group identities, and how they impact and are impacted by physical bodies.

Benjamin Cowan, PhD Cohort: October 2016
ben.cowan@wsu.edu

Dr. Cowan is an Associate Professor in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. His research fields include health economics, labor economics, and economics of education.

Lori Daniels, PhD Cohort: May 2018
ldaniels@hpu.edu

Dr. Daniels is an Associate Professor of in the School of Social Work at Hawai‘i Pacific University. She has spent most of her career as a psychotherapist treating military-related traumatic stress at inpatient, outpatient, or community-based VA programs in Washington, Oregon, and Hawai’i.

Ellen-ge Denton, PsyD Cohort: October 2016, January 2019
ellenge.denton@csi.cuny.edu

Dr. Denton is an Assistant Professor in the College of Staten Island at the City University of New York. Her research interest is to identify prevention factors associated with suicide-depression, cross-culturally, and to develop, test, and disseminate primary and secondary interventions to improve adolescent mental health outcomes in low and middle income countries or resource poor areas in the U.S.

Dana Dermody, PhD Cohort: October 2016
g.dermody@ecu.edu.au

Dr. Dermody is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University in Australia. Her focus is on clinical nursing leadership, and preparing undergraduate nursing students as they transition from the student role to the professional nursing role.

Brad Dieter, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
bdieter@wsu.edu

Dr. Dieter is Director of Science at Harness Biotechnology, Chief Operating Officer at Macros Inc, and Clinical Faculty at Washington State University. His research career has spanned the translational spectrum utilizing basic science, human trials, and machine learning in large data sets to identify and develop novel therapies and technologies.

Jo Ann Dotson, PhD Cohort: April 2016
joann.dotson@wsu.edu

Dr. Dotson is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Director of the BSN Program at Washington State University. Her research interests include public health, with a special focus on the maternal child health population and rural health promotion.

Jennifer Elia, DrPH Cohort: October 2015 
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Dr. Elia is the Maternal and Infant Health Lead for Early Childhood Action Strategy in Honolulu, HI. She has worked in public health and clinical research for more than a decade, most recently on the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine. Her research has focused on pregnancy intention, contraceptive use, and maternal/child health. Jennifer is passionate about better understanding and ameliorating health disparities among Native Hawaiian and other populations.

Emma Elliott-Groves, PhD (Cowichan) Cohort: October 2016, January 2019
emma.elliott@wsu.edu

Dr. Elliott-Groves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences in the Elson S. Floyd College at Washington State University. The interdisciplinary intersections of her research include contemporary Indigenous issues; culture, learning, and human development; and trauma, prevention, and recovery.

Rhea Felicilda-Reynaldo, EdD Cohort: October 2016, January 2019
rff@hawaii.edu

Dr. Felicilda-Reynaldo is Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her passion in teaching pharmacology, esearch, and complementary and alternative therapies to nursing students has lead her to pursue a research program focused on medical pluralism.

Meredith Fort, PhD Cohort: October 2015
meredith.fort@cuanschutz.edu

Dr. Fort is an Assistant Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research and public health practice interests include equitable access to primary health care services, family-based strategies to improve chronic disease management, and community-level health promotion interventions.

Janet Frost, PhD Cohort: October 2016
frost@wsu.edu

Dr. Frost is Academic Director of the College of Education at Washington State University Spokane. She is also Director of WSU-Spokane’s Health Sciences STEM Education Research Center. She studies influences on educators’ instructional decisions as they shape their process of learning and change.

Amber Fyfe-Johnson, ND, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
amber.fyfe-johnson@wsu.edu

Dr. Fyfe-Johnson is an Assistant Research Professor at the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. Her research interests include childhood obesity prevention, health disparities in youth, and the impact of nature and outdoor play on health outcomes in children.

Lindsey Garfield, PhD Cohort: September 2016
lgarfield@luc.edu

Dr.Garfield is an Assistant Professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Garfield’s research focuses on African American women who are at risk for perinatal mood disorders that affect parenting and neonatal development.

Shannon Kapuaolaokalanikea GellertCohort: May 2018 

Hassan Ghasemzadeh, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
hassan.ghasemzadeh@wsu.edu

Dr. Ghasemzadeh is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University. His research interests are algorithm design, machine learning, and system-level optimization for embedded and pervasive systems, mobile computing, and wireless health.

Allyson A. Gilles, PhD Cohort: May 2018
agilles@hawaii.edu

Dr. Gilles is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai'i West O'ahu. Her research focuses on examining bidirectional relationships and trajectories of disease and health in relation to sleep for children and adults.

Carmen Giurgescu, PhD Cohort: September 2016, January 2019
giurgescu.1@osu.edu

Dr. Giurgescu is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Dr. Giurgescu examines pathways by which social determinants of health, specifically neighborhood environment and racial discrimination, increase risk for preterm birth among African American women.

Christian T. Gloria, PhD Cohort: May 2018
cgloria@hpu.edu

Dr. Gloria is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at Hawaii Pacific University. His latest research examines the mental health of Filipino populations from the Pampanga province of the Philippines, and he investigates the protective and resilience factors that enable people to adapt, grow, and thrive against chronic stress and adversity.

Kelly Gonzales, PhD (Cherokee) Cohort: October 2015 
kelly.gonzales@pdx.edu

Dr. Gonzales is an Assistant Professor of Community Health at Portland State University. Her research is influenced by community-based participatory research principles, and all of her work is guided by strong, active partnerships with AI/AN communities and organizations that serve AI/AN peoples.

Janessa M. Graves, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
janessa.graves@wsu.edu

Dr. Graves is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University-Spokane. Her research interests relate to injury research, with a focus on pediatric injuries, concussion, and disparities.

Julii Green, PsyD (Eastern Band Cherokee) Cohort: October 2015
jgreen@alliant.edu

Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Her research is focused on intimate partner violence; Native American, Alaska Native, and Indigenous mental health and wellness; ethnicity and underage substance use; attachment and trauma as well as its impact on diverse families; and mixed methodology.

Elizabeth Greenwell, ScD Cohort: October 2016
elizabeth.greenwell@cuanschutz.edu

Dr. Greenwell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her teaching and research interests are focused in the field of maternal and childhood health (early childhood health and development across the life course, perinatal and reproductive health, health care issues in underserved populations, health equity, and program planning and evaluation).

Devon (Grant) Hansen, PhD Cohort: October 2016
devon.hansen@wsu.edu

Dr. Hansen is an Assistant Research Professor in the Elson S. Floyd Medical School at Washington State University. Her research interests include sleep deprivation, cognitive performance, sleep physiology, stress, sleep disorders, sleep medicine, and clinical/translational trials.

Taylor W. Hargrove, PhD Cohort: September 2016
thargrov@email.unc.edu

Dr. Hargrove is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research seeks to uncover and explain the development of health disparities across the life course, focusing on the consequences of race, skin color, gender, and social class.

Jaclynn Hawkins, PhD Cohort: September 2016
jachawk@umich.edu

Dr. Hawkins is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan. Her research agenda concerns two interrelated areas of research: 1) an examination of barriers and facilitators to chronic illness self-management among Latino and African American men; and 2) tailoring chronic illness self-management interventions and social work practice techniques to account for gender and racial/ethnic differences in health behaviors and health outcomes.

Susana Helm, PhD Cohort: May 2018
HelmS@hawaii.edu

Dr. Helm is a Professor in the Deparmtent of Psychiatry in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research focuses on substance use prevention in rural and Native Hawaiian communities using mixed methods community-based participatory action research strategies.

Andrea H. Hermosura, PhD Cohort: May 2018
nacapoy@hawaii.edu

Dr. Hermosura is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Clinical Research Consultant at the Queen’s Medical Center, and licensed clinical psychologist at the Physician Center Mililani. Her research focuses on ways to better understand and address the patterns of health disparities among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Patricia Nez Henderson, MD, MPH (Diné) Cohort: October 2015
pnhenderson@bhcaih.org

Dr. Nez Henderson is Vice President for the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, an American Indian nonprofit health organization located in Rapid City, SD. Dr. Nez Henderson is the first Navajo woman to graduate from the Yale University School of Medicine, and she is acknowledged as one of the leading authorities on tobacco control in American Indian communities.

J. Camille Hill, PhD Cohort: September 2016
jhall39@utk.edu

Dr. Hall is a Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her research interests include examining micro, meso, and macro risk and resilience factors among African American individuals, families, and communities with a specific focus on adult children of alcoholics and women.

Laura Griner Hill, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
laurahill@wsu.edu

Dr. Hill is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Development at Washington State University. Her research interests include research on the translation, implementation, evaluation, and scale-up of prevention and health promotion programs in real-world settings; development and testing of brief interventions that support students transitioning to college; and parent-child relationships in adolescence and young adulthood.

Douglas Hindman, PhD Cohort: October 2016
dhindman@wsu.edu

Dr. Hindman is an Associate Professor in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. His research interests include communication in a social context, including political misperceptions, digital disparities, health communication disparities, and belief gaps.

Janella Hudson Cohort: September 2016

At the time of her participation in GUMSHOE, Janella’s area of specialization was health communication, with specific training in the analysis of doctor-patient communication.

Claire Townsend Ing, DrPH Cohort: May 2018, January 2019
claire.townsend@hawaii.edu

Dr. Ing is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research interests include health disparities, transitional, and community-based participatory research.

Mi Rosie Jahng, PhD Cohort: September 2016
jahng@wayne.edu

Dr. Jahng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Her research interests broadly include digital media, crisis management in public relations, activism, and science communication.

Lois James, PhD Cohort: October 2016
lois_james@wsu.edu

Dr. James is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing at Washington State University. She is a core faculty member in the Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC), where she focuses on the relationship between sleep, health, and performance in elite populations such as nurses, combat medics, military personnel, police officers, and top tier athletes.

Kendra Jason, PhD Cohort: September 2016
kjason@uncc.edu

Dr. Jason is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is an interdisciplinary health disparities scholar who examines individual level factors, contextual level factors (i.e., the workplace), and life events that may influence the relationship between health and desired workforce participation for older African American workers.

Stacey Jolene-Hust, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
sjhust@wsu.edu

Dr. Jolene-Hust is an Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Strategic Communication Sequence in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Her research identifies effective health communication messaging that can be used to reduce sexual assault and promote healthy sexual relationships among young people.

Lenette Jones, PhD Cohort: September 2016, January 2019
lenettew@umich.edu

Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her research interests include hypertension, health disparities, neurobiological mechanisms of interventions, and health information behavior.

Ann C. Kimble-Hill, PhD Cohort: September 2016
ankimble@iu.edu

Dr. Kimble-Hill is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. Her approach to biophysics is to integrate principles from physics, physical chemistry and chemical/mechanical engineering to define mechanisms that drive important biochemical processes.

Dominick Lemas, PhD Cohort: October 2015 
djlemas@ufl.edu

Dr. Lemas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida. His research is devoted to understanding the fetal origins of pediatric obesity with a specific interest in the functional implications of gut microflora and the critical host-microbe interactions that regulate maternal-infant metabolism.

Melissa Lewis, PhD (Cherokee Nation) Cohort: October 2015, January 2019
lewismeli@health.missouri.edu

Dr. Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. In her research, she has partnered with communities to create training protocols for mental and medical health professionals to provide better care for indigenous patients and clients. She also partners with her own tribe, Cherokee Nation, to evaluate and co‐create programs aimed to reduce cardiovascular disease by harnessing the power of cultural learning.

Joshua M. Lupinek, PhD Cohort: October 2016
jmlupinek@alaska.edu

Dr. Lupinek is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Sport & Recreation Business Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research interests include sport marketing, sales, virtual and augmented reality, brand communities, social network analysis, and fantasy sport.

Bidisha Mandal, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
bmandal@wsu.edu

Dr. Mandal is an Associate Professor in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. Her research includes evaluation of policies that affect public health, understanding economic conditions that impact health, and how health, in turn, influences economic decision-making.

Erin E. Masterson, PhD Cohort: October 2016
emaster@uw.edu

Dr. Masterson is an Epidemiologist in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Her research intersects epidemiology, clinical dentistry and physical anthropology and aims to develop disrupted dental enamel formation as a health risk screening tool and means by which to better understand how childhood experience influences long-term, subsequent health.

Kathryn Milligan-Myhre, PhD (Inupiaq) Cohort: October 2015 
kat.mm@alaska.edu

Dr. Milligan-Myhre is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her research interests focus on how host genetic background contributes to the balance between the immune response to microbiota in the gut and intestinal microbial membership.

Sean M. Murphy, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
smm2010@med.cornell.edu

Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. Dr. Murphy is a health economist whose research focuses on the treatment of substance use disorders and related conditions.

Marie-Rachelle Narcisse, PhD Cohort: May 2018
narcissem@uams.edu

Dr. Narcisse is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in Fayetteville, AR. She has a doctorate degree in Public Health and a master’s degree in Economics with dual specialization in economic evaluation of projects and international economics and finance.

Ann W. Nguyen, PhD Cohort: September 2016
nguyena@case.edu

Dr. Nguyen is an Assistant Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Her work is focused on minority aging and the life course. Her research is motivated by racial disparities in the burden of mental illness, especially for depression.

May M. Okihiro, MD Cohort: May 2018
okihirom@hawaii.edu

Dr. Okihiro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research interests are in the area of childhood obesity and early metabolic risk, especially among children in Hawai‘i.

Lauren J. Parker, PhD Cohort: September 2016
lparke27@jhu.edu

Dr. Parker is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. Her research interest is in understanding how social factors influences the health of marginalized populations across the lifecourse continuum.

Paula Groves Price, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
pgroves@wsu.edu

Dr. Groves Price is the Associate Dean for Diversity and International Engagement and Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. Her research areas include African American and Indigenous education, Hip Hop Pedagogy, Black Feminist Epistemology, Critical Pedagogy, and Critical STEM education.

Emily K. Roberson, PhD Cohort: May 2018
eroberson@hpu.edu

Dr. Roberson is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Hawai‘i Pacific University. Her research interests include health disparities (especially regarding underrepresented and marginalized populations in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region), sexual and reproductive health, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Alyssa Robillard, PhD Cohort: October 2016
arobilla@mailbox.sc.edu

Dr. Robillard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Her research focuses on adolescents, women, HIV, and issues affecting minority and incarcerated populations.

Sheria G. Robinson-Lane, PhD Cohort: September 2016
grices@med.umich.edu

Dr. Robinson-Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems, Populations, and Leadership in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She is a gerontologist with expertise in palliative care, long-term care, and nursing administration. She has focused her career on the care and support of older adults with cognitive and/or functional disabilities.

Kathleen Rodgers, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
rodgersk@wsu.edu

Dr. Rodgers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University. She has expertise in the areas of adolescent development and risk-taking, with particular focus on sexuality and gender socialization.

Youssef Roman, PharmD, PhD Cohort: May 2018
grices@med.umich.edu

Dr. Roman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. His research interests include health disparities, drug metabolism, cardiovascular diseases, geriatric, gout, special populations, and pharmacogenomics.

Ursula Running Bear, PhD (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) Cohort: October 2015 
ursula.runningbear@und.edu

Dr. Running Bear is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Her research interests include AI/AN health with focus on alcohol detoxification and culturally relevant interventions. Her professional experience is based upon work with AI/AN organizations and tribal governments in various capacities ranging from direct services to data collection for the U.S. government, as well as academic research.

Le Anne Silvey, PhD (Waganakising Odawa) Cohort: October 2015 
silveyle@msu.edu

Dr. Silvey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. Her research interests include American Indian individual, family, and community development; cross-cultural practice; and management and ethical issues.

Vanessa Simonds, ScD (Crow/Blackfeet Tribe) Cohort: April 2016, January 2019
vanessa.simonds@montana.edu

Dr. Simonds is an Assistant Professor in Community Health at Montana State University. Dr. Simonds uses community-based participatory research approaches to address health and health literacy issues ranging from chronic disease to environmental health among Native Americans.

Tracy L. Skaer, PhD Cohort: October 2016

Dr. Skaer is a retired Professor from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Washington State University. Her research focused on medication compliance, women’s health, mental health comorbidities, sleep disorders, chronic pain, pharmacoeconomics, and pharmacoepidemiology.

Corey B. Smith, PhD Cohort: October 2016
corey.b.smith@ndus.edu

Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. His areas of interest include research methods in population health management, community-based approaches to improving cancer and mental health disparities, informatics education and rural health workforce development, and applied healthcare informatics and indigenous health.

Soumya K. Srivastava, PhD Cohort: April 2016, January 2019 
srivastavask@uidaho.edu

Dr. Srivastava is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. Her research focus areas are on microfluidics, bio-separations, dielectrophoresis, modeling and simulations, and educational research.

Zoë Higheagle Strong, PhD (Nez Perce) Cohort: April 2016 
zoe.strong@wsu.edu

Dr. Strong is an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology at Washington State University and Executive Director for Tribal Relations and Special Assistant to the Provost Director of the Center for Native American Research and Collaboration. She conducts research on social, cognitive, socioeconomic and cultural factors that influence youths’ identity, safety and learning in academic environments.

Astrid Suchy-Dicey, PhD Cohort: October 2015 
astrid.suchy-dicey@wsu.edu​

Dr. Suchy-Dicey is an Assistant Research Professor in the Elson S Floyd Medical School at Washington State University and an epidemiologist and biostatistician for the Partnerships for Native Health at WSU. Her current research addresses the epidemiology, etiology, and consequences of vascular brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease in American Indians.

Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda, DrPH Cohort: May 2018
jsugimot@hawaii.edu

Dr. Sugimoto-Matsuda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. er research interests include mental/behavioral health, suicide prevention, bullying and violence prevention, and health policy and systems.

Maile Taualii, PhD Cohort: October 2015

Dr. Taualii received her PhD in Health Services, with an emphasis in Public Health Informatics and Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington, where she also completed her Master's degree in Public Health. A primary research focus for Dr. Taualii is the utility and validity of health information for racial minorities.

Janiece L. (Walker) Taylor, PhD Cohort: September 2016
jwalke90@jhu.edu

Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests include aging populations in conjunction with disabilities.

Melissa Tehee, PhD, JD (Cherokee) Cohort: October 2015 
melissa.tehee@usu.edu

Dr. Tehee is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Department of Psychology and Director of the American Indian Support Project (AISP). Her research has focused on bias/prejudice/racism, health disparities, and domestic violence and other trauma experienced by ethnic and racial minorities, especially American Indians.

Robert W. Turner, PhD Cohort: September 2016
rwturner124@gwu.edu

Dr. Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership in the School of Medicine & Health Science at George Washington University in Washington DC. For more information.

Nina Wampler, DSc (Eastern Band of Cherokee) Cohort: October 2015

Dr. Wampler is a retired Associate Research Scientist from the Native American Research and Training Center at the University of Arizona. The main focus of Dr. Wampler’s research career has been community based participatory research on the epidemiology of chronic diseases among Native Americans, including women’s health, cancer, and tobacco control.

Amy Wassman, PsyD (Native Hawaiian) Cohort: October 2015

Dr. Wassman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research interests include Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health disparities, developing a Native Hawaiian Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care, and empirically validating traditional Native Hawaiian cultural health practices.

Jessica Willoughby, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
jessica.willoughby@wsu.edu

Dr. Willoughby is an Assistant Professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Her research focuses on strategies for health communication, including the use of new technologies to promote health.

Marian Wilson, PhD Cohort: April 2016 
marian.wilson@wsu.edu

Dr. Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University. She is executive faculty of WSU’s Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and core faculty of the Sleep and Performance Research Center. Her research focus is on how opioid use and addiction can be addressed within persistent pain populations with a focus on adoption of non-pharmacologic strategies and improving sleep.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor, PhD Cohort: October 2015, January 2019
anna.zamora-kapoor@wsu.edu

Dr. Zamora-Kapoor is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Medical Education and Clinical Sciences at Washington State University. Her research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, international migration, social determinants of health, and health disparities.

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