Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

Itza - Scientific Community Leadership Council


August 15, 2017

Ramona Beltrán, PhD, MSW (Yaqui/Mexica)

Ramona Beltrán’s (Yaqui/Mexica) scholarship focuses on the intersections of historical trauma, embodiment, and environmental/social determinants of health as they affect health and risk behaviors in indigenous communities. She is particularly interested in centering cultural protective factors, strengths and resiliencies in indigenous populations as they work to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of historical trauma. She uses…


August 7, 2017

Joseph Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, PhD

Dr. Keawe Kaholokula is an Associate Professor and Chair of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in behavioral medicine. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa…


August 3, 2017

Melissa L. Walls PhD (Bois Forte and Couchiching First Nations Anishinabe)

Melissa L. Walls Ph.D. (Bois Forte and Couchiching First Nations Anishinabe) is a social scientist committed to collaborative research and has over a decade of experience working with tribal communities in the United States and Canada. Her involvement in community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects to date includes mental health epidemiology; culturally-relevant, family-based substance use prevention…


July 29, 2017

Hamen Ides, (Lummi)


Frank Wong, PhD


Pamela Jumper Thurman, PhD (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)


Tooru Nemoto, PhD


July 28, 2017

John Lowe, PhD (Cherokee)


Lana Kaʻopua, PhD


Michelle Johnson-Jennings, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

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