Indigenous Wellness Research Institute


October 26, 2018

Sarah Rhoades-Kerswill, PhD (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma)

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Sarah Rhoades-Kerswill currently works at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Sarah’s research interests include risk and protective factors for suicide including the intersection of mental health, physical health, and suicidality among minority populations, American Indian/Alaska Native populations in particular. Her current research includes an investigation of Native…

Charles Lea, PhD

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Charles Lea received his PhD in 2017 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his MSW from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Lea’s research investigates how environmental and individual risk and protective factors shape the life trajectories and outcomes of young…

Ricky Camplain, PhD

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Research Focus Cardiovascular and chronic disease, physical inactivity and sedentary behavior, minority and rural population health, community-based participatory research, outcomes research, policy-based research, built environment, and social justice Dr. Camplain is an epidemiologist interested in quantitative methodology. Her research has focused on hospitalized and non-hospitalized heart failure in the community, specifically among Medicare patients, administrative claims,…

Eugenia Millender, PhD (Indigenous Afro-Latina (Kuna/Guna)

BIOGRAPHY  Dr. Eugenia Millender currently works at the Florida State University College of Nursing’s Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity.  Dr. Millender is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a doctorally prepared nurse scientist. Her areas of expertise and research focus on mood disorders, stress and trauma and how they are express through gene-environment…

Peter Mataira, PhD (Maori)

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Dr. Mataira earned his doctoral degree in social policy and social work from Massey University, Albany campus in Auckland, New Zealand. He has published widely in areas of indigenous health, well-being and economic justice with particular emphasis cultural research methodologies and social innovation and entrepreneurship. His clinical and community practice background is in mental and…

Richard Armenta, PhD (Pascua Yaqui/Latino),

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Richard Armenta is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology with a focus on Health Science/Public Health.

September 6, 2018

Wyatt Pickner

Keala Patterson

Kuaiwi Makua

Keturah Peters

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