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

Regents' Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University

Director, Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), Northern Arizona University

Malia Villegas, PhD (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq)

Vice President, Community Investments, Afognak Native Corporation

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)

Professor, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Alison Boyd-Ball, PhD (Colville Tribe)

Director, Health and Human Services, Colville Confederated Tribes

Rose James, PhD (Lummi Tribe/Duwamish)

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

Principal Owner, Cedar Rose Consulting, L.L.C.

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

Executive Co-director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work

Director, Environmentally based Health & Land-based Healing, IWRI

Nancy Krieger, PhD

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

Selina Mohammed, PhD

Professor, University of Washington Bothell, School of Nursing & Health Studies

Myra Parker, JD, PhD (Mandan & Hidatsa)

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

Director, Seven Directions, Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors

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

Jane Simoni, PhD

Director, NIH, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

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

Director, Great Lakes Hub for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

Associate Professor, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.