Advisory Members // Māhina

Mahina - Advisory Committee

The AC and ICAP guides the scientific and cultural curriculum, sets an intellectual standard, and creates a reciprocal learning culture for the Māhina program.

Julie Baldwin, PhD

Professor, Department of Community & Family Health, University of South Florida

John Lowe, PhD (Cherokee)

Mckenzie Professor In Health Disparities Research, College of Nursing, Florida State University

Director, Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity, Florida State University

Mahina - Indigenous Committee Advisory Panel

The ICAP provides cultural leadership, mentorship, and guidance on the research training curriculum and cultural mentorship protocols; identify community-based pressing topics for research in partnership with tribes and Native communities; provide feedback on developing tribally-based research protocols for inclusion in Māhina trainings

Joseph Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Patsy Whitefoot, MA (Yakama/Diné)

Palatisha Miyanashma Indian Education, Toppenish School District Toppenish, Washington

Mahina-Scientific Mentor Network

The Mahina Scientific Mentor Network is a group of experienced, biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists with expertise in health and/or health disparities and who have extensive mentorship or leadership experience in Indigenous communities. In addition to the mentors listed below, the PIs as well as members of the Advisory Committee and Indigenous Committee Advisory Panel can also serve as mentors to trainees.

Megan Bang, PhD (Ojibwe)

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Washington

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

Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan


Nancy Krieger, PhD

Professor of Social Epidemiology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard University

Maya Magarati, PhD (Indigenous Nepali)

Research Scientist, IWRI Community Engagement and Outreach Core

Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Preceptor, LUNA Program

Selina Mohammed, PhD

Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Washington Bothell, School of Nursing

Myra Parker, JD, PhD (Mandan & Hidatsa)

Associate Director, IWRI Community Engagement and Outreach Core

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Cynthia R. Pearson, PhD

Director of Research, IWRI

Research Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Univeristy of Washington

Leonie Pihama, PhD (Te ātiawa, Ngāti Māhanga, Ngā Māhanga ā Tairi)

Senior Research Fellow, Te Kātahi Institute, University of Waikato

Director, Māori And Indigenous Analysis Ltd, a Kaupapa Māori research company

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

Associate Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth