Centers & Cores


Director, Bonnie Duran, Dr.PH
The Center for Indigenous Health Research works with indigenous communities and allies to achieve health equity through service, research, and education.
Highlighted Projects:


Director, Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
The Center for Indigenous Child and Family Research works to do innovative Indigenous centered and relevant child and family research.
Highlighted program:


Interim Director, Karina Walters, PhD
Associate Director, Cynthia Pearson, PhD
The Research Core works to support other research projects. It provides research policy and data analysis training.
Projects Supported by the Core:

NYEP Phase 1 Students

Director, Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
The Research Training and Education Core works to training and opportunity for Indigenous young to gain better education.
Highlighted Projects:

  • K-12 Pipeline Iniatives
  • Undergraduate Initiatives
  • Graduate Research Practicum
  • Post Graduate, Mid- and senior career scholars


Community Engagement and Outreach Core

Director, Bonnie Duran, Dr.PH
The Community Engagement and Outreach Core aims at increasing IWRI’s interaction with indigenous community and conducting Outreach to current and new partners.
Main Work:

  • Translation and Dissemination
  • Bidirectional Capacity Building
  • International Partinership and Indiatives

Administrative Core

The Administrative Core works to support all centers and cores in Indigenous Wellness Research Institute.
Main Members:

  • Center Director, Karina Walters
  • Associate Director, Tessa Evans-Compbell
  • Administrative Director, Tetana Oguara
  • AC and Executive Committee, Cynthia Pearson, Dennis Donovan, Leo Morales, and Jane Simoni
  • Community Relations Director, Polly Olsen
  • Media and Technology Director, Chris Charles