Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

IHART2 - Scientific Community Leadership Council

August 7, 2017

Jane Simoni, PhD

Dr. Jane M. Simoni assumed the role of NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) on July 30, 2023. In this capacity, she led OBSSR’s initiatives to advance and synchronize behavioral and social sciences research across NIH, collaborating closely with…

July 29, 2017

Frank Wong, PhD

Irene Vernon, PhD (Mescalero Apache/Yaqui/Mexicana descent)

Dr. Vernon has worked with Native Americans and HIV/AIDS for several decades. She is a member of the Racial and Ethnic Populations Ad Hoc Committee at the National Institute of Health. Dr. Vernon has provided capacity building assistance aimed at mobilizing Native communities around HIV/AIDS prevention throughout the United States. She currently serves on the Scientific and Community Leadership…

Pamela Jumper Thurman, PhD (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

David Takeuchi, PhD

Steven Safren, PhD

Tooru Nemoto, PhD

Renee Masching, MSW (First Nations Canada)

July 28, 2017

Spero Manson, PhD (Pembina Chippewa)

Lana Kaʻopua, PhD

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