Scholars

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

  • Sally S. Cohen, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is the Program Director at the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Cohen is also an Associate Professor with the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at UNM.

  • Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies Doctoral Student

    Anna Dinallo has been an educator for over 10 years, and she has experience in qualitative community driven research and mental health policy. She has worked in curriculum development and instructed seminars for Collaborative Learning Methods at the Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) at UNM. She continues to instruct classes on Emotional Literacy, develop a consulting firm, and produce research related to parent engagement and social emotional literacy in school settings.

    Anna graduated with honors in Psychology and a second bachelors in Spanish from the University of New Mexico. During her undergraduate years, she studied at The Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain, where she taught English to pre-school aged children. In 2014 she completed her Master’s in Counseling from UNM with a focus on attachment therapy, yoga, and nurturing approaches to parent education. Anna has additional training in Alternative therapies such as yoga, mindfulness, and folk medicine that have supported her work counseling children from diverse backgrounds. 

    Anna has worked as a licensed mental health care counselor in Albuquerque Public Schools through New Day and as a research assistant for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy project titled, Center for Health Policy on the Considerations for the Development of a System to Distribute Tax Revenues Earmarked for Behavioral Health. Additionally, Anna worked as research assistant for the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) with Dr. Meriah Heredia-Griego and Dr. Tom Dauphine to offer program evaluations.

    Anna’s focus in mental health equity is rooted in her research experiences studying emotional resiliency among post-civil war communities in El Salvador (2009-2011). Her experience witnessing the devastating impacts of globalization, militarization, and genocide have shaped her lens of equity and parent-engagement research in Latino communities.