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Sean Bruna

Sean
Bruna
Assistant Professor, Anthropology Western Washington University
Biography 

Sean holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.  His dissertation, "Sowing the seeds for the future to honor Tigua history and tradition" utilizes community based participatory research to examine indigenous epistemologies, religious gardening practices, and diabetes prevention at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas. Dr. Bruna accepted a position with the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University.

Research Interests 

Sean Bruna-Lewis is a research scientist on the National Institutes of Health funded "Corazon por la Vida: Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities", a large interdisciplinary study which is examining promotora led hypertension management among Latios.

Sean holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.  His dissertation, "Sowing the seeds for the future to honor Tigua history and tradition" utilizes community based participatory research to examine indigenous epistemologies, religious gardening practices, and diabetes prevention at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas.

Sean was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and his family is from both Mexico and Cuba. His older brother, Emilio, is a professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. In his free time, Sean enjoys travel and learning Shao-Lin Kung-Fu.
Sean has held research fellowships and internships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Smithsonian Institution, the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research. Dr. Bruna accepted a position with the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University.

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Michael Muhammad

Michael
Muhammad
Postdoc at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health at the University of Michigan
Biography 

Michael Muhammad received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico in 2014. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Florida A & M University and a Master of Arts in sociology from Cleveland State University. His research interests include health inequalities for indigenous populations, poverty and racial discrimination.

Research Interests 

Michael Muhammad received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico in 2014. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Florida A & M University and a Master of Arts in sociology from Cleveland State University. His research interests include health inequalities for indigenous populations, poverty and racial discrimination.
 

Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer
Bennett
Instructor, Department of Psychology, Senior Research Scientist, UNM Cancer Center
505 272-4814
Biography 

Jennifer Bennett is currently Principal Investigator for a study in which she has developed a treatment for breast cancer survivors who have cognitive difficulties based on chemotherapy treatment. For more information on her study, please visit www.unm.edu/~jenben. She also performs cognitive testing at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center for other studies and teaches online classes for the Psychology department at UNM. 

She contributed a chapter with her mentor, Steven Verney, Ph.D.  to the book, Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment entitled "Cultural Considerations in the Neuropsychological Assessment of American Indians/Alaska Natives."

Dr. Bennett remains committed to helping psychologists understand how to best help minority patients and cancer survivors.

 

Research Interests 

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Research interests include (but are not limited to):

  • Linguistically and culturally fair neuropsychological testing for bilinguals
  • Cognitive deficits related to "chemobrain"
  • Cognitive rehabilitation for cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatment

Experience

Research Scientist
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
April 2013 – Present (1 year 8 months) Department of Pathology

Interviewer for the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) study, funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Instructor
University of New Mexico
August 2006 – Present (8 years 4 months)Department of Psychology

Abnormal Behavior (delivered online)
Developmental Psychology
Issues in Minority Mental Health
Multimedia Developer
Engineering-Environmental Management
2002 – 2004 (2 years) Albuquerque, NM

Created online training for corporate clients.
Multimedia Trainer and Developer
Grass Roots Consulting
1993 – 2002 (9 years) Burlington, MA & Albuquerqe, NM

Created and taught multimedia software development workshops at conferences and corporate sites throughout the United States and in Europe. Acted as instructional designer for Macromedia Corporation (now Adobe) creating training materials used at all Macromedia Authorized Training centers worldwide.

The University of New Mexico
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Psychology
2006 – 2012

Minor Concentration: Clinical Psychology

Dissertation: Linguistic and Cultural Factors Associated with Phonemic Fluency Performance in Bilingual Hispanics

Activities and Societies: Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy Fellow
The University of New Mexico
Master of Science (M.S.), Clinical Psychology
2004 – 2006

Master’s Thesis: The Influence of Cultural Factors on the Performance of Older Hispanics on the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test

(Open) 3 honors and awards

University of Vermont
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Comparative Religion
1990 – 1992

University of Vermont
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Electrical Engineering
1984 – 1988

Julia Austin

Julia
Austin
Practicing Psychologist
Biography 

Dr. Julia Austin Ph.D received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico and currently resides in Palo Alto, CA. where she is a practicing partner at Palo Alto Psychology.

Research Interests 

Dr. Julia Austin Ph.D received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico and currently resides in Palo Alto, CA. where she is a practicing partner at Palo Alto Psychology.

German Munchnik-Izon

German
Munchnik-Izon
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Eastern Washington
Biography 

Dr. Munchnik-Izon earned his PhD in economics from the University of New Mexico. He was a Doctoral Fellow with the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM, and is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. His specialty areas are environmental and health economics.

 

Research Interests 

Dr. Munchnik-Izon earned his PhD in economics from the University of New Mexico. He was a Doctoral Fellow with the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM, and is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. His specialty areas are environmental and health economics.

Lorenda Belone Ph.D., M.P.H.

Lorenda
Belone
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Biography 

Dr. Lorenda Belone (Diné/Navajo) is Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico College of Education, within the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sports Sciences. Currently, Dr. Belone holds a secondary appointment with the Center for Participatory Research (CPR), a School of Medicine unit within the Vice Chancellor’s Office of Community Health at the Health Sciences Center

Research Interests 

Dr. Lorenda Belone (Diné/Navajo) is Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico College of Education, within the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sports Sciences. Currently, Dr. Belone holds a secondary appointment with the Center for Participatory Research (CPR), a School of Medicine unit within the Vice Chancellor’s Office of Community Health at the Health Sciences Center

Lisa M. Sanchez

Lisa
Sanchez
Biography 

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 Interests 

 

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.

 

Benjamin Jones

Benjamin
Jones
Postdoctoral Research Economist
University of Oklahoma, Center for Risk and Crisis Management and Center for Energy, Security, and Society
Biography 

Benjamin A. Jones is a postdoctoral research economist at the University of Oklahoma, Center for Risk and Crisis Management and Center for Energy, Security, and Society. He works on projects related to non-market valuation of hydropower and water, natural and manmade environmental risk, and environmental health. Currently, he is assisting with design and data collection of non-market values for hydropower produced by Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Economic valuation associated with disruption to Native American tribes, rural ranching and farming communities, and human health impacts of air pollution are being investigated as part of this project and within the context of coupled-human and natural systems in the western US.

Research Interests 

Benjamin recieved his PhD from the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico in December 2015. He is also an alumni of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at UNM Doctoral Fellowship Program. 

He received his BA in economics with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and his MA in economics from UNM in 2013.

Benjamin is an applied microeconomist specializing in environmental economics and environmental health. He studies the economic consequences of shocks to the natural environment, including impacts on health outcomes, behavior, time-use allocation, environmental management, and labor market outcomes.

Visit Benjamin’s personal website for additional information: http://bajones2.weebly.com/

 

Felicha Candelaria-Cook

Felicha
Candelaria-Cook
Visiting Instructor, UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Ctr
Biography 

Dr. Candelaria-Cook was a dissertation fellow from the Department of Psychology interested in marijuana and alcohol drug addiction research. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UNM Health Sciences Center working on clinical and translational research with a focus on biomedical informatics and MEG neuroimaging.

Research Interests 

Dr. Candelaria-Cook was a dissertation fellow from the Department of Psychology interested in marijuana and alcohol drug addiction research. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UNM Health Sciences Center working on clinical and translational research with a focus on biomedical informatics and MEG neuroimaging.

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Justin Tevie

Justin
Tevie
Postdoc at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Biography 

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.

Research Interests 

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.

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