Scholars

  • Assistant Professor, Anthropology Western Washington University

    Sean holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.  His dissertation, "Sowing the seeds for the future to honor Tigua history and tradition" utilizes community based participatory research to examine indigenous epistemologies, religious gardening practices, and diabetes prevention at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas. Dr. Bruna accepted a position with the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University.

  • Visiting Instructor, UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Ctr

    Dr. Candelaria-Cook was a dissertation fellow from the Department of Psychology interested in marijuana and alcohol drug addiction research. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UNM Health Sciences Center working on clinical and translational research with a focus on biomedical informatics and MEG neuroimaging.

  • Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies Doctoral Student

    Dr. Anna Dinallo is an integrative health researcher who focuses on family emotional literacy, trauma, and community education. Since 2006, she has taught health education and community engagement in a variety of settings. She formerly worked as an international health delegate for a human rights organization in El Salvador and has been a licensed mental healthcare counselor in the Albuquerque (N.M.) Public Schools and an educator with The Partnership for Community Action in New Mexico.

    Today, she is studying at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) to deepen her expertise in traditional healing arts. Her research focuses on parental engagement to develop mental health curriculums in schools and the qualitative effects of acupuncture and emotional literacy as remediation tools for individuals with traumatic experiences. She is currently teaching medical providers about integrative health practices, leading constellation therapy workshops, and instructing yoga. She also teaches online seminars at the Integrative Health Institute in family psychology. She is the founder of Illuminate LLC and is working on building a nonprofit organization known as CAMPS, or Complementary and Alternative Medicine Prevention in Schools.

  • Postdoc at the University of Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

    Yajaira Johnson-Esparza, was a doctoral fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.

    Her research interests include mental health disparities among Latinos living in the United States. Despite their growing numbers, Latinos continue to be underserved in the mental health sector and to face an array of social and environmental stressors. These vast mental health inequities sparked Peña-Esparza’s interest in pursuing this line of research. She is particularly interested in understanding the dynamics underlying psychopathology in the Latino population, with the ultimate goal of effecting policy change that will contribute to health equity. Her dissertation investigates risk profiles for depression in a national Latino sample. In addition, she has taken the lead role in an RWJF-funded pilot project that investigates the effectiveness of a residential treatment program for homeless and ethnically diverse individuals with substance use problems in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Postdoctoral Research Economist

    Benjamin A. Jones is a postdoctoral research economist at the University of Oklahoma, Center for Risk and Crisis Management and Center for Energy, Security, and Society. He works on projects related to non-market valuation of hydropower and water, natural and manmade environmental risk, and environmental health. Currently, he is assisting with design and data collection of non-market values for hydropower produced by Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Economic valuation associated with disruption to Native American tribes, rural ranching and farming communities, and human health impacts of air pollution are being investigated as part of this project and within the context of coupled-human and natural systems in the western US.

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