RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

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The RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico is a physical, educational and cultural home for promising health policy scholars and researchers. The varied knowledge, background, and experience of its fellows enable the center to address the full spectrum of issues that affect health and health care in our communities.

Meet the Scholars

  • Instructor, Department of Psychology, Senior Research Scientist, UNM Cancer Center

    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 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.


  • 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.