UNM Health Policy Fellows

  • Political Science Doctoral Student

    Brooke is a first-year CHP doctoral fellow at the UNM Center for Health Policy and a doctoral student in political science focusing on International Relations and Comparative Politics subfields. She obtained a double bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in International Politics and Spanish. During her undergraduate career, Brooke completed the Ronald E. McNair scholars program. She has presented her McNair research on gender inequality and poverty in Latin America at the MPSA conference. Currently, her research interests broadly include the intersectionality between health inequities within African American communities, human rights violations, and how race and gender issues impact poverty in developing countries.

  • Psychology Doctoral Student

    Justina is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UNM. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from California State University Northridge. Prior to attending UNM, she was involved in health disparities research as a scholar for the NIH-funded Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI), which prompted her interest in the relationship between lack of access to health and educational resources and cognitive health disparities in understudied minority groups. Justina currently works at the UNMH Center for Neuropsychological Services, providing cognitive assessment services to patients from diverse backgrounds. Her past and recent experiences continue to influence her interest in elucidating the role of cultural factors as determinants of cognitive health outcomes and the influence of culture on the measurement of these outcomes.

  • Sociology Doctoral Student

    Mario is a first-year Ph.D. student of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Mario received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology at the University of Texas at El Paso with department honors. While at The University of Texas at El Paso, Mario’s research examined the barriers that undocumented populations, such as day-laborers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, experience when searching for employment. In addition, his research focused on unpacking the labor conditions these marginalized populations experienced once employed. Mario decided to shift his research agenda to focus on employment related physical and mental detriments and their resolution coupled with a focus on the health policies and coverages that either address, or fail to address, these possibly life-altering situations.

  • Violette Cloud grew up in a southwest rural community in Colorado and attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She graduated from FLC in 2013 double majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. After working at a reservation substance use treatment center for two years, she was accepted into the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of New Mexico. Violette’s research focus is on multicultural ethics in psychological research and clinical practice. She is especially interested in the translation of philosophical ethical though into the practical application of culturally appropriate treatments employed in the established regulatory bodies in health system organizations.  In addition to her research, Violette is a member of the Diversity Organization (DO!), and participates in two specialty clinics within the psychology department, the alcohol clinic (@UNM) and the Cultural Counseling Clinic (CCC). Finally, Violette has recently begun her practicum work at the Addiction and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), where she will continue to develop the clinical skills necessary to provide comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatments. 

  • Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies Doctoral Student

    Anna graduated as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar with honors in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. During her undergraduate years she also studied qualitative methods and art history at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. In 2014 she completed her Master’s in Counseling from UNM with a focus on attachment therapy.
    Anna works as a licensed mental health care counselor in Albuquerque Public Schools and as a research assistant through the UNM Center for Health Policy Research as an Abriendo Puertas research consultant under Meriah Heredia-Griego. Prior to her time as a mental health counselor and research assistant she spent seven years at the UNM Center for Academic Program Support where she developed diversity curriculum and collaborative learning strategies.
    Anna’s focus in equity is rooted in her research experiences studying mental health among post-civil war communities in El Salvador (1992-present). Her experience witnessing the devastating impacts of globalization, militarization, and genocide have shaped her lens of equity and research in the field of mental health.

  • Barbara is a doctoral student in political science and a Health Policy Doctoral Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, where she studies racial and health disparities of minority and immigrant populations in the United States.
    Barbara served as research intern at the Migration Policy Institute, providing support for the U.S. Immigration Policy Program in issues such as immigration enforcement and deferred action. She also worked at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, doing research on immigration enforcement policies, unaccompanied minors and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); and the Cross Border Issues Group, studying migration from Mexico and Central America to the United States. Barbara served as research and legal assistant for several years, working with refugees from Congo and the Great Lake region of Africa, immigrant victims of crimes, young unauthorized immigrants and international students and scholars.
    As a first generation student and as an immigrant herself, Barbara wants to create rights-based policy change to advance minority rights. 

  • Political Science Doctoral Student

    Eric Griego is a doctoral fellow at the UNM Center for Health Policy where his research interests include the connections between economic development, human capital, healthy communities and social investment.

  • Political Science Doctoral Student

    Maria is a doctoral fellow at the UNM Center for Health Policy and a doctoral student in political science. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University in International Studies with minors in Economics and Biology. During her undergraduate career Maria completed the Ronald E. McNair scholar program and interned for Quantros, a health informatics company in Silicon Valley focused on patient safety.

  • Psychology Doctoral Student

    Jeremiah Simmons is a second-year doctoral fellow at the UNM Center for Health Policy, and a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. He graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in Human Biology. Jeremiah, a native New Mexican, was raised in Mescalero, New Mexico, and while he associates himself with the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, his family originates from the Lakota and Navajo tribes.

    His research activities are broadly focused on adolescent health disparities with an emphasis on mental and behavioral health, behavioral heath policy, and co-occuring disorders. Jeremiah is currently serving a 4-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). He is also affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry's Division for Community Behavioral Health and works on SAMHSA related grants that serve children, youth, and families.