Research

Current Research Projects (2020)

These research projects are focused on Indigenous health. The scientific Principal Investigator is Dr. Crystal Lee, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico.

1.

Examining Socio-Cultural Influences, Knowledge, and Acceptability of Biomedical HIV Prevention Methods: Native American College Students

The primary objective of this study is to examine sociocultural barriers and facilitators that impact HIV biomedical prevention strategies by collecting quantitative survey data (n=300) among Native American/Alaska Native college students nationwide. 

2.

Examining Health and Social Indicators Among Native American Cisgender and Transgender Women who Engage in Sex Work in an Urban Environment

This project will work with Community Impact Partners to identify health and social indicators among cisgender and transgender Native American women tohelp them develop their own strategies for positive change around engagement of sex work to formulate a plan with the community for projects, programs and policies moving forward to address inequities of social determinants of health. 

3.

Identifying Sociocultural Levels of Attitudes Towards Acceptability of COVID-19 Messaging and Associated Public Health Recommendations Levels of Adherence to Reduce COVID-19 among the Navajo Nation

The primary objective of this project is to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging focused on COVID-19 prevention and awareness for the Navajo Nation to measure levels of adherence pre/post messaging and cultural appropriateness of the messages.

4.

Outcomes of Mental Health and Substance Use Interventions for Native Americans with Co-occurring Disorders

This study will measure participants at 3-month, 6-month, 9-month and 12-month for the effectiveness of the interventions by measuring outcomes of substance use, mental health and trauma-related issues. 

1.

Global Profile on Indigenous Youth Health

The overarching goal of this project is to analyze U.S. Native American/Alaska Native youth data to conjoin as a comparative analysis of understanding commonalities across high-income nations globllly. A Global Indigenous led research team from high income countries, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, U.S. and the Arctic was formed in 2019 to collate data in our own respective countries. This project is focused on conducting a secondary data analysis from the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (NMYRSS), a biennial state-based public health surveillance system that is part of the CDC sponsored Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS).Working in collaboration with the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) and drawing from a decolonized indigenous theoretical model, this project proposes to analyze the health risk and resilience factors associated with NA/AN middle school and high school students among tribes in New Mexico.

Native Researchers

Bonnnie Duran

1.

Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Address Health Disparities

Nina B. Wallerstein, Bonnie Duran

2.

Healing the American Indian Soul Wound

Eduaro Duran, Bonnie Duran

3.

Community-Based Participatory Research Contributions to Intervention Research

Nina Wallerstein Dr. PH. and Bonnie Duran Dr. PH.

4.

Socioeconomic disparities in intimate partner violence against Native American women

Loraine Halinka Malcoe, Juliann Montgomery, Bonnie Duran

5.

Reflections on Researcher Identity and Power

Michael Muhammad, Nina Wallerstein, Andrew L. Sussman, Magdalena Avila, Lorenda Belone and Bonnie Duran

6.

Educating, Training, and Mentoring Minority Faculty and Other Trainees in Mental Health Services Research

Bonnie Duran Dr.P.H., Tassy Parker R.N., Ph.D., Howard Waitzkin M.D., Ph.D., Joel Yager M.D.

7.

Prevalence and Correlates of Mental Disorders Among Native American Women in Primary Care

Bonnie Duran Dr. PH., , Margaret Sanders Ph.D., , Betty Skipper Ph. D., , Howard Waitzkin MD, Ph. D.

8.

Evaluating Community-Based Participatory Research to Improve Community-Partnered Science and Community Health

Sarah Hicks, PhD, Bonnie Duran, DrPH, Nina Wallerstein, DrPH

9.

Changing Patterns in Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Related to Cardiovascular Disease Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Valarie Blue Bird JerniganMPH, DrPH, Bonnie DuranMPH, DrPH, David AhnPhD, and Marilyn WinklebyMPH, PhD

10.

Community-Based Participatory Research Conceptual Model

Lorenda Belone, Julie E. Lucero, Bonnie Duran

11.

HIV/AIDS Prevention in “Indian Country”: Current Practice, Indigenist Etiology Models, and Postcolonial Approaches to Change

Bonnie Duran, Karina L. Walters

12.

Social Support and Social Undermining as Correlates for Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Disorders in American Indian Women Presenting for Primary Care at an Indian Health Service Hospital

John Oetzel, Bonnie Duran , Yizhou Jiang & Julie Lucero

13.

Obstacles for rural American Indians seeking alcohol, drug, or mental health treatment

Duran, B., Oetzel, J., Lucero, J., Jiang, Y., Novins, D. K., Manson, S., Beals

14.

Community-Based Participatory Research: Its Role in Future Cancer Research and Public Health Practice

Vanessa W. Simonds, ScD, Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, Bonnie Duran, DrPH, and Malia Villegas, EdD

15.

Jemez Pueblo: Built and Social-Cultural Environments and Health Within a Rural American Indian Community in the Southwest

Nina WallersteinDrPH, , Bonnie M. DuranDrPH, , Jolene AguilarMPH, , Lorenda JoeMPH, Felipita Loretto

1.

Global Profile on Indigenous Youth Health

The overarching goal of this project is to analyze U.S. Native American/Alaska Native youth data to conjoin as a comparative analysis of understanding commonalities across high-income nations globllly. A Global Indigenous led research team from high income countries, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, U.S. and the Arctic was formed in 2019 to collate data in our own respective countries. This project is focused on conducting a secondary data analysis from the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (NMYRSS), a biennial state-based public health surveillance system that is part of the CDC sponsored Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS).Working in collaboration with the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) and drawing from a decolonized indigenous theoretical model, this project proposes to analyze the health risk and resilience factors associated with NA/AN middle school and high school students among tribes in New Mexico.

Karina Walters

1.

Reconceptualizing Native Women's Health: An “Indigenist” Stress-Coping Model

Karina L. Walters PhD, MSW, and ,Jane M. Simoni PhD

2.

Triangle of Risk: Urban American Indian Women's Sexual Trauma, Injection Drug Use, and HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors

Jane M. Simoni, Shalini Sehgal, Karina Walters

3.

Substance use among American Indians and Alaska natives: incorporating culture in an "indigenist" stress-coping paradigm

Karina L. Walters, Jane M. Simoni, and Teresa Evans-Campbell

4.

Historical Trauma and Microaggressions: A Framework for Culturally-Based Practice

Michaels, Cari (article/presentation by Karina Walters)

5.

is-placement and Dis-ease: Land, Place, and Health Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Karina Walters, Ramona BeltranDavid HuhTeresa Evans-Campbell

6.

Indian Boarding School Experience, Substance Use, and Mental Health among Urban Two-Spirit American Indian/Alaska Natives

Teresa Evans-Campbell, Ph.D., Karina L. Walters, Ph.D., Cynthia R. Pearson, Ph.D., and Christopher D. Campbell, Ph.D.

7.

Interpersonal Violence in the Lives of Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women: Implications for Health, Mental Health, and Help-Seeking

Teresa Evans-Campbell PhD, ,Taryn Lindhorst PhD, ,Bu Huang PhD, and ,Karina L. Walters PhD

8.

Abuse, Mastery, and Health Among Lesbian, Bisexual, and Two-Spirit American Indian and Alaska Native Women

Keren Lehavot, Karina L. Walters, and Jane M. Simoni

9.

“My Spirit in My Heart”:Identity Experiences and ChallengesAmong American IndianTwo-Spirit Women

Karina L. WaltersTeresa Evans-CampbellJane M. SimoniTheresa RonquilloRupaleem Bhuyan

10.

Determinants of Health Among Two-Spirit American Indians and Alaska Natives

Karen C. Fieland, Karina L. Walters, Jane M. Simoni (can download PDF)

11.

Patterns and predictors of HIV risk among urban American Indians

Karina l. Walters, Jane Simoni, C. Harris (can download cite/PDF)

12.

Victimization, Substance Use, and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Gay/Bisexual/Two-Spirit and Heterosexual American Indian Men in New York City

Jane M. Simoni PhD, ,Karina L. Walters PhD, ,Kimberly F. Balsam PhD, and ,Seth B. Meyers PhD

13.

“I’m in this World for a Reason”: Resilience and recovery among American Indian and Alaska Native Two Spirit Women

Jessica H. L. Elm, MSW, Jordan P. Lewis, Ph.D., MSW, Karina L. Walters, Ph.D., MSW, and Jen M. Self, Ph.D

14.

Keeping Our Hearts from Touching the Ground: HIV/AIDS in American Indian and Alaska Native Women

Karina L. Walters, MSW, PhD Ramona Beltran, MSW, PhD, Tessa Evans-Campbell, MSW, PhD , and Jane M. Simoni, PhD

15.

“Being on the walk put it somewhere in my body”: The meaning of place in health for Indigenous women

A. R. Fernandez, Tessa Evans-Campbell, M. Johnson-Jennings, R. Beltrán, K. Schultz, Sandra Stroud, K. Walters (download cite)

16.

Alcohol Misuse and Associations with Childhood Maltreatment and Out-of-Home Placement among Urban Two-Spirit American Indian and Alaska Native People

Nicole P Yuan, Bonnie M Duran, Karina L Walters, Cynthia R Pearson, Tessa A Evans-Campbell

1.

Global Profile on Indigenous Youth Health

The overarching goal of this project is to analyze U.S. Native American/Alaska Native youth data to conjoin as a comparative analysis of understanding commonalities across high-income nations globllly. A Global Indigenous led research team from high income countries, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, U.S. and the Arctic was formed in 2019 to collate data in our own respective countries. This project is focused on conducting a secondary data analysis from the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (NMYRSS), a biennial state-based public health surveillance system that is part of the CDC sponsored Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS).Working in collaboration with the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) and drawing from a decolonized indigenous theoretical model, this project proposes to analyze the health risk and resilience factors associated with NA/AN middle school and high school students among tribes in New Mexico.

Maria Braveheart Yellowhorse

1.

Oyate Ptayela: Rebuilding the Lakota Nation Through Addressing Historical Trauma Among Lakota Parents

Maria Braveheart Yellowhorse (download citation)

2.

The Return to the Sacred Path: Reflections on the Development of Historical Trauma Healing

Jane M. Simoni, Shalini Sehgal, Karina Walters

3.

Historical Trauma Among Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Concepts, Research, and Clinical Considerations

Maria Yellow Horse Braveheart Ph.D (download citation)

4.

The Historical Trauma Response Among Natives and Its Relationship with Substance Abuse: A Lakota Illustration

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart  (download citation)

5.

Gender Differences in the Historical Trauma Response Among the Lakota

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart PhD

6.

Examining Two Facets of American Indian Identity: Exposure to Other Cult

Hilary N. Weaver DSW (Lakota), PhD (Lakota) & Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heartz

7.

Wicasa Was'aka: Restoring the Traditional Strength of American Indian Boys and Men

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart PhD, Jennifer Elkins PhD, Greg Tafoya MPH, Doreen Bird MPH, and Melina Salvador

8.

Psychiatric Disorders and Mental Health Treatment in American Indians and Alaska Natives: Results of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Ph.D.,a,b Roberto Lewis-Fernández, M.D.,b,c Janette Beals, Ph.D.,d Deborah S. Hasin

9.

Building the Evidence Base to Inform Planned Intervention Adaptations by Practitioners Serving Health Disparity Populations

Jennifer Alvidrez PhD, Anna María Nápoles PhD, MPH, Guillermo Bernal PhD, Jacqueline Lloyd PhD Victoria Cargill MD, Dionne Godette PhD, Lisa Cooper MD, MPH, Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart PhD

10.

Resource Guide: Historical Trauma and Post-Colonial Stress in American Indian Populations

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart; Deschenie, Tina. (save as PDF)

11.

Women Finding The Way: American Indian Women Leading Intervention Research in Native Communities

Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, PhD, Dr. Josephine Chase, MSW, PhD, Dr. Jennifer Elkins, PhD, MSSW

12.

Best Practices for Co-occurring Disordersin American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, PhD,

13.

Iwankapiya American Indian pilot clinical trial: Historical trauma and group interpersonal psychotherapy

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Josephine Chase, Orrin Myers, Jennifer Elkins, Betty Skipper, Cheryl Schmitt, Jennifer Mootz, V Ann Waldorf

1.

Global Profile on Indigenous Youth Health

The overarching goal of this project is to analyze U.S. Native American/Alaska Native youth data to conjoin as a comparative analysis of understanding commonalities across high-income nations globllly. A Global Indigenous led research team from high income countries, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, U.S. and the Arctic was formed in 2019 to collate data in our own respective countries. This project is focused on conducting a secondary data analysis from the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (NMYRSS), a biennial state-based public health surveillance system that is part of the CDC sponsored Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS).Working in collaboration with the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) and drawing from a decolonized indigenous theoretical model, this project proposes to analyze the health risk and resilience factors associated with NA/AN middle school and high school students among tribes in New Mexico.

John Lowe

1.

Strong Cultural Identity Effects Stress Levels Among Native American Youth at Risk for Obesity

John Lowe, Melissa N. Kelley

2.

Nursing in the Native American Culture and Historical Trauma

Roxanne Struthers and John Lowe (download citation)

3.

A conceptual framework of nursing in Native American culture

Roxanne Struthers and John Lowe (volume 33 issue 3:pg 279-283)

4.

Balance and Harmony Through Connectedness: The Intentionality of Native American Nurses

John Lowe

5.

Community Partnership to Affect Substance Abuse among Native American Adolescents

John Lowe , R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., Huigang Liang , Ph.D., Cheryl Riggs , M.S., Jim Henson & Tribal Elder (download cite)

6.

A Cultural Approach to Conducting HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Virus Education Among Native American Adolescents

John Lowe, RN, PhD, FAAN

7.

Principles for Establishing Trust When Developing a Substance Abuse Intervention With a Native American Community

Lowe, John, RN, PhD, FAAN, Riggs, Cheryl, MS, Henson, Jim (download PDF)

8.

The Health Challenge of Stress Experienced by Native American Adolescents

Melessa Kelley, John Lowe ( Volume 26, ISSUE 1, P71-73)

9.

Research Brief: The Need for Historically Grounded HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Among Native Americans

John Lowe RN, PhD (download cite)

10.

Encompassing Cultural Contexts Within Scientific Research Methodologies in the Development of Health Promotion Interventions

John Lowe, Lorenda Belone, Nina Walerstien

11.

Cherokee Self-Reliance

John Lowe

12.

The Use of Talking Circles to Describe a Native American Transcultural Caring Immersion Experience

John Lowe RN, PhD, FAAN, Rose Wimbish-Cirilo, RN, MSN

13.

Giving Voice to Historical Trauma Through Storytelling: The Impact of Boarding School Experience on American Indians

Barbara K. Charbonneau-Dahlen, John Lowe & Staci Leon Morris. (download cite)

14.

Cultural competencies for graduate nursing education

Lauren Clark, Evelyn Calvillo, Felicitas Dela Cruz, Marie Fongwa, Susan Kools, John Lowe, Beth Mastel-Smith

15.

An Intervention to Improve Cultural Competence in Graduate Nursing Edu

Lauren Clark PhD Evelyn Calvillo DNSc Felicitasdela Cruz DNS Marie Fongwa PhD, MPH SusanKools PhD, John Lowe PhD Beth Mastel-Smith PhD

1.

Global Profile on Indigenous Youth Health

The overarching goal of this project is to analyze U.S. Native American/Alaska Native youth data to conjoin as a comparative analysis of understanding commonalities across high-income nations globllly. A Global Indigenous led research team from high income countries, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, U.S. and the Arctic was formed in 2019 to collate data in our own respective countries. This project is focused on conducting a secondary data analysis from the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (NMYRSS), a biennial state-based public health surveillance system that is part of the CDC sponsored Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS).Working in collaboration with the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) and drawing from a decolonized indigenous theoretical model, this project proposes to analyze the health risk and resilience factors associated with NA/AN middle school and high school students among tribes in New Mexico.

Daniel L. Dickerson

1.

Unveiling an 'invisible population': health, substance use, sexual behavior, culture, and discrimination among urban American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents in California

Elizabeth J. D'Amicoa, Daniel L. Dickerson, Ryan A. Browna, David J. Kleina, Denis Agniela, Carrie Johnsonc

2.

Understanding sleep facilitators, barriers, and cultural dimensions in Native American urban youth

Alina I. Palimaru, PhD, MPPa, Ryan A. Brown, PhD, MAa , Wendy M. Troxel, PhD, MSa , Daniel L. Dickerson, DO, MPHb , Carrie L. Johnson, PhDc , Elizabeth J. D’Amico, PhD, MA

3.

Substance Use Patterns among High-Risk American Indians/ Alaska Natives in Los Angeles County

Daniel L. Dickerson, DO, MPH, Dennis G. Fisher, PhD, Grace L. Reynolds, DPA, Safia Baig, BA, Lucy E. Napper, PhD, and M. Douglas Anglin, PhD

4.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Characteristics Among a Clinical Sample of Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Youths in a Large California Metropolitan Area: a Descriptive Study

Daniel L. Dickerson, Carrie L. Johnson

5.

Integrating motivational interviewing and traditional practices to address alcohol and drug use among urban American Indian/ Alaska Native youth

Daniel L. Dickerson1, Ryan A. Brown, Carrie L. Johnson, Kurt Schweigman and Elizabeth J. D’Amico

6.

Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA): Results from a Pretest and Focus Groups

Daniel L. Dickerson, D.O., M.P.H., Kamilla L. Venner, Ph.D., Bonnie Duran, Dr.P.H., Jeffery J. Annon, M.S., Benjamin Hale, and George Funmaker

7.

Cultural Identity among Urban American Indian/Native Alaskan Youth: Implications for Alcohol and Drug Use

Ryan A. Brown, Ph.D., Daniel L. Dickerson, Ph.D., and Elizabeth J. D’Amico, Ph.D.

8.

Correlates of Motivational Interviewing Use Among Substance Use Treatment Programs Serving American Indians/Alaska Natives

Daniel Dickerson, D.O., M.P.H., Laurie A. Moore, M.P.H., Traci Rieckmann, Ph.D., Calvin D. Croy, Ph.D., Kamilla Venner, Ph.D., Jacquelene Moghaddam, Ph.D., Rebekah Gueco, M.A., and Douglas K. Novins, M.D.

9.

Clinical trials and American Indians/Alaska Natives with substance use disorders: identifying potential strategies for a new cultural-based intervention

Daniel L. Dickerson, Kamilla L. Venner and Bonnie Duran

10.

Chronic Illness Disease Stats and Prevention AI NA

11.

American Indians/Alaska Natives and Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes: Positive Signs and Continuing Challenges

Daniel L Dickerson, D.O., M.P.H., Suzanne Spear, M.S., Pamela Marinelli-Casey, Ph.D., Richard Rawson, Ph.D., Libo Li, Ph.D., Methamphetamine Treatment Project Corporate Authors, and Yih Ing Hser, Ph.D.

12.

More Publications

Daniel L. Dickerson

1.

Global Profile on Indigenous Youth Health

The overarching goal of this project is to analyze U.S. Native American/Alaska Native youth data to conjoin as a comparative analysis of understanding commonalities across high-income nations globllly. A Global Indigenous led research team from high income countries, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, U.S. and the Arctic was formed in 2019 to collate data in our own respective countries. This project is focused on conducting a secondary data analysis from the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (NMYRSS), a biennial state-based public health surveillance system that is part of the CDC sponsored Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS).Working in collaboration with the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) and drawing from a decolonized indigenous theoretical model, this project proposes to analyze the health risk and resilience factors associated with NA/AN middle school and high school students among tribes in New Mexico.