Scholars

  • Postdoc at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry

    Alexis Ortiz's dissertation was: Bridging the Gap: A Comparison of Adapted and Standard Version of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction with Latino Populations. She was awarded the Inaugural Division 29 Diversity Research Grant from the Society for Psychotherapy.

  • Lisa Sanchez is a doctoral student in the department of political science and a native New Mexican. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with her bachelor’s degree in political science and her M.A. in American Politics and Public Policy. She is an APSA Minority Fellow and graduate intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Technology Transfer. When not studying politics, she is a professional vocal performer. Her research interests lie in Congressional representation with particular regard to how minority influences affect health and immigration policy outputs.

  • Research Faculty

    Shannon's research interests lie in the social determinants of health, particularly how racism impacts Latina women's health.

  • Postdoc at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

    Justin Tevie, Ph.D., Senior Analyst at the Kansas Health Institute, who specializes in health economics, environmental and resource economics and applied econometrics. Prior to joining KHI, Tevie spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow in Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research at the University Of Maryland School Of Pharmacy in Baltimore.

    He also worked as a research analyst at the Center for Participatory Research at the University of New Mexico where he applied community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities among American Indian populations in New Mexico.

    Tevie obtained his doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, majoring in economics and minoring in statistics. He also has master’s degrees in economics from Dalhousie University and the University of Alberta in Canada.

  • RWJF Center for Health Policy Dissertation Fellow

    C. Estela Vasquez Guzman was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was two. She became interested in better understanding the medical establishment due to her personal struggles with various health conditions. She graduated salutatorian from Benson Polytechnic High School, a vocational school where she majored in Nursing. During that time she did over 200 hours of volunteer service at Presbyterian Hospital. Vasquez Guzman graduated from Whitman College in 2010 with her B.A. in Sociology and published her first piece on racial and class health disparities. She went on to the University of New Mexico where she obtained her M.A. degree in Sociology with a focus on mental health among the children of Mexican immigrant mothers. Currently Vasquez Guzman is pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration on Racial/Ethnic Health Inequities and using an equity framework to develop stronger health policy promoting a more equitable healthcare system.

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