The RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico is a physical, educational and cultural home for promising health policy scholars and researchers. The varied knowledge, background, and experience of its fellows enable the center to address the full spectrum of issues that affect health and health care in our communities.

Meet the Scholars

  • Violette Cloud grew up in a southwest rural community in Colorado and attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She graduated from FLC in 2013 double majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. After working at a reservation substance use treatment center for two years, she was accepted into the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of New Mexico. Violette’s research focus is on multicultural ethics in psychological research and clinical practice. She is especially interested in the translation of philosophical ethical though into the practical application of culturally appropriate treatments employed in the established regulatory bodies in health system organizations.  In addition to her research, Violette is a member of the Diversity Organization (DO!), and participates in two specialty clinics within the psychology department, the alcohol clinic (@UNM) and the Cultural Counseling Clinic (CCC). Finally, Violette has recently begun her practicum work at the Addiction and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), where she will continue to develop the clinical skills necessary to provide comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatments. 

  • Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Health

    Julie was born and raised in northern New Mexico's Espanola Valley, known as a tri-cultural area consisting largely of Spanish, Mexican and Native American populations. She completed her graduate work at the UNM Dept. of Communication & Journalism in Health Communication. Her past research collaborations include Principal Investigator on a health disparities project, in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and UNM HSC Office for Diversity on institutional faculty and student recruitment policies, and UNM Cancer Center population science efforts.