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November 17, 2017

IHART2 and ISMART Fellows 2017

As we approach the end of 2017, IWRI is preparing to launch recruitment for two research training programs, the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program 2 (NIMH R25MH084565) and the Indigenous Substance Abuse, Medicines, and Addictions Research Training program. Both programs have been a part of the IWRI Research Training portfolio for years. IHART2 is celebrating its eighth successful year, and ISMART is just beginning a seventh year, thanks to new funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

IHART2 LogoThe IHART2 program currently has seven fellows, including four who began the program in 2017 and three in the 2016 cohort. All Fellows in the IHART2 program must have a PhD or M.D., identify as indigenous, UREM, and/or have an interest in conducting culturally sensitive research in Indian Country as well as an interest in including HIV/AIDS issues in their research agenda. Current NIMH-approved pilot studies (using working titles) include “Community Readiness for a Culturally Relevant STIs/HIV and Intimate Partner Violence Intervention with Urban American Indians,” Angela Walden, PhD, and “Using the Community Readiness Model to develop a culturally centered intervention for promoting healthy relationships among Native American youth,” Vanessa Simonds, PhD.

ISMART Program Logo
The ISMART program just finished up its sixth year. Three fellows participated in the 2016-2017 program year. Antonia Alvarez, Ashely Cole and Jerreed Ivanich worked with program mentors and attended the annual Writing Retreat and a meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in Washington, DC. In addition, ISMART fellows received support for research in the area of substance abuse and addictions research. This year’s ISMART fellows are all doctoral students in the Health Sciences.

Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program 2

2016-18 Cohort

Myra Parker, JD, PhD (Mandan & Hidatsa)

Myra Parker, JD, PhD (Mandan & Hidatsa) Associate Director, IWRI Community Engagement and Outreach Core Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Vanessa Simonds, ScD

Vanessa Simonds, ScD (Crow Tribe)
Assistant Professor, Community Health, Montana State University

Angela Walden

Angela Walden, PhD (Cherokee Nation)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago


Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program 2

2017-19 Cohort

Photo: Maya Magarati, PhD

Maya Magarati, PhD (Indigenous Nepali)
Research Scientist, IWRI Community Engagement and Outreach Core
Lecturer, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Photo: Felicia M. Mitchell, PhD

Felicia M. Mitchell, PhD (Chickasaw, Black, White)
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Arizona State University

Photo: Misty Pacheco, DrPH

Misty Pacheco, DrPH (Hawaiian, Japanese, White)
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Exercise Science Department, Health Promotion track, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Photo: Margaret Robinson, PhD

Margaret Robinson, PhD (Mi’kmaw from Eski’kewaq, Nova Scotia, and Member, Lennox Island First Nation)
Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies in the Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University


Indigenous Substance Abuse, Medicines, and Addictions Research Training Program
2016-2017 Cohort

Antonia Alvarez Photo

Antonia R.G. Alvarez, LMSW (Mestiza Pinay)
Doctoral Student, School of Social Work, University of Denver

Photo: Ashley Cole, M.S.

Ashley Cole, M.S. (Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Photo: Jerreed Ivanich, M.S.

Jerreed Ivanich, M.S. (Alaskan Native – Tsimshian)
Doctoral Student, Sociology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln