Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

ISMART-Cohort 3


August 15, 2017

Miriam Valdovinos, PhD

Miriam G. Valdovinos, PhD, is an Assistant Professor. She is currently teaching HBSE-Macro (Fall) and Research Methods (Spring). Her research is informed by her training in social welfare, psychology, public health, gender studies, and interdisciplinary studies. Over ten years of practice experience with domestic violence, social services and the criminal juvenile justice system inform her areas…


Migis Gonzalez, PhD, MPH

Miigis Gonzalez

Miigis Gonzalez, MPH, is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe in Northern Wisconsin. After completing her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2007, Gonzalez returned to the Midwest to work in community and youth development in the Urban Native population in the Twin Cities. The experience and connections she made in this…


Emma Elliott-Groves, PhD, MSW (Cowichan)

Emma Elliott received a PhD in the College of Education, Learning Sciences and Human Development program. Committed to practice, she is also pursuing a Master of Social Work. Her dissertation, “Embracing the Sacredness of Life: Understanding Suicide in a First Nations Community,” coordinates future selves literature with settler colonial theory in a study aimed at…


Jessica Black, MSW (Gwich’in Athabascan)

Jessica Black was raised in a traditional hunting and fishing family in Fort Yukon.  Her maternal shitsii (grandpa) raised his large family in fish camp on the banks of the Yukon River. “It is there that we each learned our culture, our stories, our traditional values, our language; how to become Gwich’in people,” Black recalls….


August 10, 2017

Melissa Lewis, PhD (Cherokee Nation)

Dr. Melissa Lewis is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth in the Department of Biobehavioral Health & Population Sciences. She is also a research fellow at the Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center in Duluth, MN. Dr. Lewis received her PhD in Medical Family Therapy and is a licensed…