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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UNM Health Policy Fellow

    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.

  • 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.