Senior Fellows

Jamal Martin

Jamal
Martin
Lecturer III: African American Studies
505 277-5644
Biography 

He has conducted interdisciplinary research, taught and practiced in local, national and global settings in nursing, medicine and international health. Alongside his complex problem solving (interdisciplinary) research and teaching interests lies African-Iberian historiography, the Moors, the ancient manuscripts of fabled Timbuktu, the study of Islam in Africa and the Americas, and Africa in antiquity.

Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez

Elizabeth
Jimenez
Assistant Professor: Individual Family Comm Educ IFCE
505 277-9612
Biography 

Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, PhD, RD is an assistant professor of nutrition and family and community medicine. Her research is focused on: 1) preventing and improving the treatment/management of obesity and diabetes in New Mexico, particularly among underserved populations, children, and emerging adults, via public health and school-based interventions and policy change; and 2) preventing micronutrient malnutrition in women and young children through fortification and food-based approaches in global settings.

Research Interests 

Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, PhD, RD is an assistant professor of nutrition and family and community medicine.
Her research is focused on:

  1. Preventing and improving the treatment/management of obesity and diabetes in New Mexico, particularly among underserved populations, children, and emerging adults, via public health and school-based interventions and policy change
  2. Preventing micronutrient malnutrition in women and young children through fortification and food-based approaches in global settings

Stephanie L. Smith

Stephanie L.
Smith
Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration
505 277-1092
Biography 

Stephanie L. Smith is an Assistant Professor with the School of Public Administration.

Research Interests 

Stephanie L. Smith is an Assistant Professor with the School of Public Administration.

Victoria Sanchez

Victoria
Sanchez
Assistant Professor, Public Health Program, UNM School of Medicine
Biography 

Victoria Sánchez is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program (PHP). She earned her M.P.H. at the University of California at Berkeley and her Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She directs the PHP Community Health Concentration track and teaches social and behavioral sciences courses for the PHP. Over the last two decades she’s worked with communities, public health organizations, and schools in research designed to test, disseminate, or diffuse prevention programs in New Mexico, Texas, California and North Carolina. Dr. Sánchez has a long-standing commitment to participatory planning and evaluation processes with communities and public health organizations.

Research Interests 

Victoria Sánchez is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program (PHP). She earned her M.P.H. at the University of California at Berkeley and her Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She directs the PHP Community Health Concentration track and teaches social and behavioral sciences courses for the PHP. Over the last two decades she’s worked with communities, public health organizations, and schools in research designed to test, disseminate, or diffuse prevention programs in New Mexico, Texas, California and North Carolina. Dr. Sánchez has a long-standing commitment to participatory planning and evaluation processes with communities and public health organizations.

Maria Yellow Horse Braveheart

Maria Yellow Horse
Braveheart
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Native American and Disparities Research, UNM Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health
505 272-6238
Biography 

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Ph.D. (Hunkpapa/Oglala Lakota) is President of the Takini Institute. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of Native American and Disparities Research at the University of New Mexico in the Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health.

Research Interests 

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Ph.D. (Hunkpapa/Oglala Lakota) is President of the Takini Institute. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of Native American and Disparities Research at the University of New Mexico in the Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health.

Mike Rocca

Mike
Rocca
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Biography 

Professor Rocca received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004.  He is currently an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.  Professor Rocca's subfield is American politics and his primary research and teaching interests relate to American national institutions, particularly the US Congress.  Most of his work deals with the politics of congressional position taking.  He also conducts research on Latino politics in the US Congress.  Professor Rocca's work appears in Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Sciences Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency and PS: Political Science and Politics.  He has a forthcoming article in Journal of Politics as well.  Professor Rocca is an award winning instructor who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on American politics, the US Congress and the American presidency.  He is currently the director of the Political Science Undergraduate Honors Program.

Research Interests 

Professor Rocca received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004.  He is currently an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.  Professor Rocca's subfield is American politics and his primary research and teaching interests relate to American national institutions, particularly the US Congress.  Most of his work deals with the politics of congressional position taking.  He also conducts research on Latino politics in the US Congress.  Professor Rocca's work appears in Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Sciences Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency and PS: Political Science and Politics.  He has a forthcoming article in Journal of Politics as well.  Professor Rocca is an award winning instructor who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on American politics, the US Congress and the American presidency.  He is currently the director of the Political Science Undergraduate Honors Program.

Dennis Raisch

Dennis
Raisch
Professor, Pharmacy and Chair, PEPPOR Graduate Program
505 272 2130
Biography 

Dennis Raisch, PhD, RPh, is a Professor of Pharmacy at the UNM Health Sciences Center and Chair of the PEPPOR Graduate Program at UNM HSC.

Research Interests 

Dennis Raisch, PhD, RPh, is a Professor of Pharmacy at the UNM Health Sciences Center and Chair of the PEPPOR Graduate Program at UNM HSC.

Steven Verney

Steven
Verney
Professor, Department of Psychology
505 277-0633
Biography 

Steven Verney, PhD, is a Professor with the Department of Psychology.

Research Interests 

Steven Verney, PhD, is a Professor with the Department of Psychology.
He is interested in the role that culture plays in how we think. My graduate students and I are currently investigating such topics as FASD, alcohol use and consequences in ethnic populations; the effects of acculturation in cognitive ability testing; culture-fair neuropsychological testing in older veterans; ethnic experiences of depression and cognition; PTSD and cognition.

Kathy Powers

Kathy
Powers
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
505 277-7761
Biography 

Kathy Powers, PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science.

Research Interests 

Kathy Powers, PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science.

Chris Duvall

Chris
Duvall
Assistant Professor, Geography
505 277-2665
Biography 

Chris Duvall, PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Geography.

Research Interests 

Chris Duvall, PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Geography.

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