Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

INSPIRE - Executive Committee


August 16, 2018

Mike Spencer, PhD, MSW (Native Hawaiian)

Michael Spencer, PhD

August 7, 2017

Jane Simoni, PhD

Jane M. Simoni, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a Director of Clinical Training in the Departments of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She directs the Behavioral Science Core of the UW CFAR. Her research has focused on behavioral aspects of HIV treatment, with NIMH-funded intervention studies in New York City, Seattle,…


July 10, 2017

Cynthia R. Pearson, PhD

Research Associate Professor Cynthia R. Pearson is the Associate Director of the Research Core and Director of the Methods Core at the Interdisciplinary Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI, P60MD006909), where she collaborates with Indigenous scholars in the development of research policies and directs iterative data analysis on historical and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among…


July 7, 2017

Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD (Snohomish)

Associate Professor Tessa Evans-Campbell is the director of the School’s MSW program. She completed her BA in art history at the University of Washington and her MSW at the University of California Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on historical trauma, resistance and healing; cultural buffers of trauma; substance use and mental health; and indigenous…


April 6, 2017

Karina L. Walters, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Photo: Karina L. Walters, PhD

Biography Karina L. Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar, and the Co-Director and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI; NIMHD P60MD006909). IWRI is one of 16 National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Comprehensive Centers of…