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Thea M Benally

Project Coordinator, IWRI - Wakaya Rising Up Research

Thea Benally, (she/her) is Diné (Navajo) and White Mountain Apache originally from New Mexico. Thea graduated from the University of New Mexico (UNM) with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She is a Project Coordinator at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute and works on the Wakaya Rising Up Research Project partnered with the Oklahoma Choctaw Nation. Her interests include research in health promotion and prevention, nutrition, and physical activity. Her future ambitions include pursuing a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.