RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

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  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    Louis Alvarado is a PhD student in Evolutionary Anthropology, working with Drs Jane Lancaster and Martin Muller. His research focuses on the expression of male steroid physiology across the lifespan, particularly as it relates to androgen-dependent cancer. He conducts fieldwork in a rural Polish village at the base of the Carpathian Mountains, where he uses non-invasive methods of biological specimen collection to examine interactions between steroid hormone levels, fertility status, work patterns and senescence.
  • Practicing Psychologist

    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.

  • Assistant Professor, College of Education

    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

  • 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.


  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Center for Health Policy at UNM

    Research Interests: The Sociology of Health, Race and Ethnicity, Health Policy, Translating Research into Policy, Immigrant Health.