Senior Fellows

Kristin Barker

Kristin
Barker
Associate Professor, Sociology
Biography 

Dr. Kristin Barker is an Associate Professor with the Sociology Department.

Research Interests 

Dr. Kristin Barker is an Associate Professor with the Sociology Department.

Shana McDermott

Shana
McDermott
Associate Professor, Economics
Biography 

Dr. Shana McDermott is an Associate Professor with the Department of Economics.

Research Interests 

Dr. Shana McDermott is an Associate Professor with the Department of Economics.

Luis Campos

Luis
Campos
Associate Professor, History
Biography 

Professor Luis Campos is a historian of the biological and biomedical sciences, and Assistant Professor in the History Department. His scholarship focuses on the history of genetics and eugenics, and integrates archival discoveries with contemporary fieldwork at the intersection of genetics and society. After graduating from Harvard University in 2006 and completing a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institut in Berlin, Prof. Campos taught at Drew University until 2012, before coming to UNM, where he is a Senior Fellow with the RWJF Center for Health Policy.

Research Interests 

Professor Luis Campos is a historian of the biological and biomedical sciences, and Assistant Professor in the History Department. His scholarship focuses on the history of genetics and eugenicds, and integrates archival discoveries with contemporary fieldwork at the intersection of genetics and society. After graduating from Harvard University in 2006 and completing a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institut in Berlin, Prof. Campos taught at Drew University until 2012, before coming to UNM, where he is a Senior Fellow with the RWJF Center for Health Policy.

Owen Whooley

Owen
Whooley
Assistant Professor, Sociology.
505 277-2501
Biography 

Dr. Owen Whooley is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology.

Research Interests 

Dr. Owen Whooley is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology.

Jingjing Wang

Jingjing
Wang
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Biography 

Dr. Jingjing Wang is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Economics.

Research Interests 

Dr. Jingjing Wang is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Economics.

David Van der Goes

David
Van der Goes
Assistant Professor, UNM Department of Economics
505 277-5304
Biography 

Dr. van der Goes has a PhD in economics from Lehigh University with specializations in health and labor. His dissertation focused on Vietnam veterans and their families, covering the impact of active duty service on health outcomes and labor market outcomes, and effects on the children of the Vietnam War draft era.
 
After graduate school, Dr. van der Goes completed a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington. He continued his training and developed skills in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. His work there included research on surgical quality, smoking cessation, and migraine amongst other areas.
 
Dr. van der Goes’ interest in migraine led him to pursue research in the economics of the practice of neurology, focusing on intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring and electro-diagnostics. Dr. van der Goes has publications on these topics in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. van der Goes currently has several neurology projects underway, including one funded by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).
 
Additionally, Dr. van der Goes is interested in pain, chronic kidney disease, and pediatric oral health. He has ongoing research projects these areas, as well.

Research Interests 

Pharmacoeconomics, Outcomes Research, Health Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Applied Microeconomics

Valerie Romero-Leggott

Valerie
Romero-Leggott
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, UNM Health Sciences Center; Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Dean, UNM School of Medicine Office of Diversity; Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
505 272-2728
Biography 

Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott received her B.A. degree at Harvard University of Cambridge, MA in 1982. Shortly after, she went on to attend the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine from 1987 through 1992 and received her Medical Degree.

Research Interests 

Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott received her B.A. degree at Harvard University of Cambridge, MA in 1982. Shortly after she went on to attend the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine from 1987 through 1992 and received her Medical Degree. She has been a primary care provider for many years on the forefront of treating populations burdened by socio-economic and racial and ethnic disparities. Presently, Dr. Romero-Leggott is Vice Chancellor for Diversity at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Associate Dean of the School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She also serves as the Executive Director of the School of Medicine Combined BA/MD Degree Program, a unique program to promote the recruitment of a diverse group of graduating New Mexico high school seniors interested in New Mexico healthcare and in practicing medicine in our areas of greatest need in the state.  Her office promotes inclusivity and diversity throughout the Health Sciences Center and creates opportunities to address the health disparities that affect all New Mexicans.  One of her major duties is to provide multiple fora for discussing issues concerning underrepresented and disadvantaged populations.

 

Dr. Romero-Leggott has extensive experience in teaching cultural competence, developing educational pipelines for disadvantaged youth, and working with minority women in medicine and the health sciences.  She has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to enhance the workforce diversity from middle school through the professional degree for underrepresented and disadvantaged youth into the health professions. She has led in the work to develop and teach cultural competence to students, residents, and faculty in the medical school and other health professions and disciplines in order to better address health disparities and has provided statewide leadership in cultural competence working with legislators and the NM Department of Higher Education.

 

Dr. Romero-Leggott is recognized nationally and across the southwest region for her leadership.  She is a past member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health and the Western Regional Representative of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion. She is Co-Founder and member of the Minority Women in Medicine and the Health Sciences and has served as Co-Chair of the UNMSOM Admissions Committee over the past 8 years.  Dr. Romero-Leggott was elected President of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools and is a member of the National Council for Diversity in the Health Professions.  She serves in advisory roles to members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation and the State of New Mexico Higher Education Secretary as well as being appointed as a Commissioner for the State of New Mexico Health Policy Commission.  She was selected as a 2010 Scholar in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine. Most recently in April 2012, Dr. Romero-Leggott received the Hispanic Health Leadership Award presented by the National Hispanic Medical Association to outstanding individuals who have played significant leadership roles in affecting the health of Hispanics and the underserved communities. Dr. Romero-Leggott was recognized for the outstanding work she has done for promoting Latino faculty in the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and other academic health institutions across the nation, and developing programs to encourage Hispanic youth to enter health professions. Dr. Romero-Leggott also serves in numerous advisory and leadership roles at the University of New Mexico and state medical and educational organizations.

 

Her professional interests are serving diverse populations, education, community based teaching, work in cultural competence and diversity, and adolescent medicine. She has forged important bridges between the health sciences and New Mexico community groups.  She has led in creating cross disciplinary programs with the law school and other academic units. She will continue working to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce and to reduce disparities in health and health care.

 

She is a role model for young female students and other professional women in the health sciences, especially Latinas and Hispanas.  She works to link diversity with academinc excellence using the skills and knowledge she has developed as an administrator, female ethnic minority, and native New Mexican.  She believes that understanding diversity and cultural issues are integral parts of achieving better health outcomes for our communities and our nation.

Justina Trott, MD, FACP

Jutina
Trott
Clinical Professor of Medicine-Department of Internal Medicine
Biography 
Justina Trott, M.D., F.A.C.P. is a senior fellow and Co-Director of the Women’s Health Policy at the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, core faculty Northern New Mexico Family Practice Residency Program, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and president of the New Mexico Chapter American College of Physicians (2011-2012). She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Congressional Fellow 2008-9 in the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman. Prior to her fellowship, she was medical and executive director at Women’s Health Services, a nonprofit organization designated as a National Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a member of Advancing Women’s Health, a joint project of the American College of Women’s Health Physicians and the American Women’s Medical Association. In 2006 she was appointed chair of the New Mexico Governor’s Women’s Health Advisory Council.
Research Interests 
Justina Trott, M.D., F.A.C.P. is a senior fellow and Co-Director of the Women’s Health Policy at the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, core faculty Northern New Mexico
Family Practice Residency Program, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and president of the New Mexico Chapter American College of Physicians (2011-2012). She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Congressional Fellow 2008-9 in the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman. Prior to her fellowship, she was medical and executive director at Women’s Health Services, a nonprofit organization designated as a National Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a member of Advancing Women’s Health, a joint project of the American College of Women’s Health Physicians and the American Women’s Medical Association. In 2006 she was appointed chair of the New Mexico Governor’s Women’s Health Advisory Council.

 

Kimberly R. Huyser, Ph.D.

Kimberly
Huyser
RWJF Endowed Assistant Professor, Sociology
505 277-2501
Biography 
Dr. Kimberly R. Huyser is the RWJF Endowed Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research specializations are in Racial and Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Health & Mental Health, and Sociology & Demography of American Indians.
Research Interests 
Dr. Kimberly R. Huyser is the RWJF Endowed Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research specializations are in Racial and Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Health & Mental Health, and Sociology & Demography of American Indians. During her graduate career, Dr. Huyser was an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow, which is funded by a training grant sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Diversity Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin.  Her research focuses on the mental health outcomes of American Indian people, and emphasizes the social and cultural sources of both vulnerability to and resilience against mental health problems.   Dr. Huyser's research goes beyond individual clinical vulnerabilities to illness by emphasizing the unique historical and structured social vulnerabilities experienced by Native American people; however, her work also emphasizes the centrality of a positive identity in preserving optimal mental health and overcoming the serious negative consequences of the externally imposed stigma from colonization.

Nancy Ridenour, Ph.D.,APRN,BC,FAAN

Nancy
Redenour
Dean and Professor of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing
505 272-6284
Biography 

Nancy Ridenour, Ph.D.,APRN,BC,FAAN, is Dean and Professor of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Prior to her health policy fellowship with the Committee on Ways and Means, she was Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing at Illinois State University. She received B.S.N. and M.N. degrees at the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. Prior to becoming dean, she served as Associate Dean for Education, Associate Dean for Practice Programs and Practice Development, and Associate Dean for the Graduate Program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In addition, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado.

Research Interests 

Nancy Ridenour, Ph.D.,APRN,BC,FAAN, is Dean and Professor of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Prior to her health policy fellowship with the Committee on Ways and Means, she was Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing at Illinois State University. She received B.S.N. and M.N. degrees at the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. Prior to becoming dean, she served as Associate Dean for Education, Associate Dean for Practice Programs and Practice Development, and Associate Dean for the Graduate Program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In addition, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Ridenour has held leadership positions in the American Nurses Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Public Health Association, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a certified family nurse practitioner, maintaining an active clinical practice. She received Fulbright-Hays grants for study tours of China in 1988 and Egypt and Jordan in 1990. She has consulted extensively on primary care and public health issues in South America, Asia, India, the Middle East, and, most recently, Cuba.

The author of numerous journal articles and contributions to books, she has focused her career on health policy and improving primary health care for underserved populations. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, a primary care policy fellowship from the U.S. Public Health Service, and induction into the American Academy of Nursing.

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