Leadership Advisory Board

Nina Wallerstein, Dr. P.H.

Nina
Wallerstein
(505) 272-4173
Biography 

Professor - MPH and Director of the Center for Participatory Research

Research Interests 

Nina Wallerstein, Dr. P.H., is professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She currently is the director of the Center for Participatory Research, and the director of the developing community engagement and research component of the Clinical Translational Science Center. Her current research interests focus on community capacity and health development in tribal communities, culturally appropriate translational intervention research, participatory evaluation, and community-based participatory research processes and outcome.

Lisa Cacari Stone, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.

Lisa
Stone
(505) 690-4404
Biography 

Associate Professor, Director, Community Engagement Core NM CARES Health Disparities Center, Senior Fellow, RWJF Center for Health Policy
Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of New Mexico

Research Interests 

Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy with the Public Health Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Senior Fellow with the RWJF Center for Health Policy. Her research interests span across a range of social determinants of population health.

Her investigations encompass the macro-level determinants of health and access to health care (e.g. migration, immigration policy, political ideologies), to the community level (e.g. social and contextual influences of substance use for immigrant women), to the individual level (e.g. psychosocial risks factors for hypertension management among Latinos).

Her studies along the U.S.-Mexico border have involved multi-disciplinary collaborations (e.g. economics, medical sociology, anthropology) with community and academic partners to develop and evaluate evidence-based interventions and policies that promote health equity. From 2010 to 2012 she was the Principle Investigator for a Comparative Effectiveness Research project in collaboration with Hidalgo Medical Services (NIH/NIMHHD). This two-year project evaluated and compared a primary care/community health worker intervention to just primary care for medically underserved Latino rural border residents diagnosed with hypertension.

Other recent projects include a bi-national comparison of Mexican women’s perceptions on access to health care in two colonias in the Paso del Norte region, a study of county-state policy responses to health and welfare eligibility and benefits immigrants in the U.S. and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access to health care for vulnerable children and families in New Mexico.

Dr. Cacari Stone is Director of the Community Engagement Core under the P20 funded Disparities research Center funded by the National Institutes of Health and was elected to the Expert Research Panel of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission and is currently a fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Chris Burch Minority Leadership Program.

Nancy Lopez

Nancy
Lopez
Biography 

Dr. López directs and co-founded the Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice, RWJF Center for Health Policy. She coordinates the NM Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium, chairs the Race, Gender, Class section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), co-chairs the UNM Diversity Council and sits on Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee at UNM.

Research Interests 

Nancy López is associate professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico (B.A. Columbia College, Columbia University, 1991; Ph.D. Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York (GSUC-CUNY, 1999). Dr. López directs and co-founded the Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice, RWJF Center for Health Policy. She coordinates the NM Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium, chairs the Race, Gender, Class section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), co-chairs the UNM Diversity Council and sits on Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee at UNM.

López's scholarship, teaching and service is guided by the insights of intersectionality for interrogating inequalities across a variety of social outcomes, including education, health, employment, housing, etc..
Her book, Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education (Routledge, 2003) focuses on the race-gender experiences of Dominicans, West Indians, and Haitians to explain why girls are succeeding at higher rates than boys.
Dr. López co-edited, Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (Rutgers, 2013), a multidisciplinary volume that was the byproduct of NIH-funded workshop. The book departs from the premise that “race” is a multidimensional and multilevel social construction that has profound methodological implications for research and policy.
Her current work includes a national representative survey of Latinos to examines the health outcomes of Latino immigrants.  Another project involves a content analysis of official documents of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Census as sites of racial formation; she cautions that current proposals to combine Hispanic origin and race into one question may undermine civil rights monitoring and enforcement. Dr. López also uses the new measurement of race called "street race" and "street race-gender" that was included in the National Latino Health Survey, RWJF Center for Health Policy Survey (2015). Please see Nancy López, PhD Smithsonian Showcase: "What's Your Street Race-Gender? Implications of Proposed Changes to 2020 Census for the African Disapora and Urban Communities," Feb. 19, 2015. 40-minute presentation followed by 30-minutes of question and answer.

The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Dr. López was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and she was raised in Baruch Public Houses.  Spanish is her first language. In 1987 Dr. López graduated from Washington Irving H.S., a de facto racially segregated large public vocational high school for girls.

Frank Kessel, Ph.D.

Frank
Kessel
(505) 277-0423
Biography 

Frank Kessel is a a Senior Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Professor of Early Childhood Multicultural Education at the University of New Mexico.

Research Interests 

Frank Kessel is a a Senior Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Professor of Early Childhood Multicultural Education at the University of New Mexico.
Prior to joining UNM in the fall of 2005, Kessel served for 12 years as Program Director for the Culture, Health and Human Development Program at the Social Science Research Council (in New York).
There he helped bring to fruition the collective work of a variety of inter-disciplinary, sometimes international, groups of scholars.

Meriah Griego

Meriah
Griego
Research Assistant Professor, Director for Center for Education Policy Research
505 277-1180
Biography 

Meriah E. Heredia-Griego currently serves as a research assistant professor at the Center for Education Policy Research and the Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico.

Research Interests 

Meriah E. Heredia-Griego currently serves as a research assistant professor at the Center for Education Policy Research and the Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico. Within this position she conducts research and evaluation on several large-scale projects, including the Lumina Latino Student Success Initiative, WKKF New Mexico Learning and Evaluation Consortium, and U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Training investments in New Mexico. During the NM legislative session, she serves as the UNM Legislative Bill Tracker conducting legislative bill and policy analysis. She has over ten years of experience in working on college readiness, access, persistence, and graduation issues with students, families, leaders, and policymakers. She teaches courses for emerging educational leaders in the areas of policy research and politics in the College of Education, Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Program. She has a BA in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Chicano Studies and Masters of Community and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Community Development from the University of New Mexico. In 2013, she earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University.

Gabe Sanchez

Gabriel
Sanchez
Associate Professor of Political Science
505 277-5104
Biography 

Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico

Research Interests 

Dr. Gabriel Sanchez is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. He is also Director of Research for Latino Decisions and the Director of the American Economic Association Summer Training Program.

Sanchez received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Arizona. His research explores the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and political engagement, Latino health policy, and minority legislative behavior. His work has been published a wide range of academic journals and is also a co-author of, Hispanics and the U.S. Political System, one of the most popular Latino Politics textbooks in colleges today. He recently edited Latinos and the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter. Sanchez has been the principal or co-principal investigator on several large-scale surveys, including the Latino Decisions National Poll on Health Care Reform (2009), and the Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Study (2008). Professor Sanchez has provided political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets. 

As the Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM, Dr. Sanchez is engaged in several research projects focused on Latino health policy. This work includes a survey in development funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) focused on identifying best practices for engaging the Hispanic population in the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Sanchez is also the Director of Research for Latino Decisions, the leading survey firm focused on the Latino population. A leading expert on Latino and New Mexico politics, Dr. Sanchez provides political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets.

Awards and Grants

Dr. Sanchez has received several campus wide awards for his mentoring and service efforts, including the "Luminaria" UNM Presidential Award for Commitment to Diversity in 2010. Dr. Sanchez was awarded the 'Best Article Published' in PRQ in 2011 at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, and was more recently awarded the 'Best Paper on Latino/Latino Politics' at the 2013 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Previously, Dr. Sanchez coauthored papers awarded 'Best Paper on Latino/Latino Politics' at the 2008 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, and 'Best Paper on State Politics and Policy' at the 2009 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Dr. Sanchez is currently engaged in a research project funded by the Russell Sage Foundation focused on the impact of the recent economic recession on foreign-born, Latino and African American populations of the United States.

A native New Mexican, Dr. Sanchez is a graduate of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque.

See his official bio page here.

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.

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