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Meet the members of the HERC network. If you are searching for a WSU research partner, advisor, resource, or colleague interested in the study and advancement of health equity, you are invited to search here. This page will be updated as members submit information.

Cole Allick

Practice Based Research Network Coordinator/Tribal Liaison

Department: IREACH

Contact:  Cole.Allick@wsu.edu | 206-708-8632

At WSU since: August 2019

Population of interest: Tribal and Rural

Research interests: Health care delivery

Collaborations of interest: Open

Mariana Amorim

Assistant Professor

Department: Sociology

College: College of Arts and Sciences

Contact: mariana.amorim@wsu.edu | 509-335-6769

At WSU since: 2019

Population of interest: Low-income families

Research interests: Inequality, welfare programs, family health, economic insecurity, demography

Collaborations of interest: Open

Website: https://soc.wsu.edu/amorim-mariana/

Tammy Barry

Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Department: Psychology

College: College of Arts and Sciences

Contact: tammy.barry@wsu.edu | 509-335-7008

At WSU since: 2015

Population of interest: Children and adolescents; neurodevelopmental disorders

Research interests: Child externalizing behaviors, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), aggression and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents

Collaborations of interest: Research focused on biologically based and contextual correlates of neurodevelopmental disorders; broader family impact and functioning among child clinical populations.

Website: https://psychology.wsu.edu/people/faculty/tammy-barry/

Caitlin G. Bletscher

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department: Human Development

College: CAHNRS

Contact: caitlin.bletscher@wsu.edu | 360-546-9714

At WSU since: 2016

Population of interest: Refugees, immigrants, and migrant populations

Research interests: Social capital and well-being pre-, during, and post-migration

Collaborations of interest: Social factors of well-being associated with integration

 

Dedra Buchwald

Director, Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) and Co-Director of Research, HERC

College: Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Contact: dedra.buchwald@wsu.edu | 206-708-8622 office

At WSU since: 2015

Population of interest: American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and rural populations

Research interests: Community-based research, health disparities, chronic diseases, capacity building

Collaborations of interest: Any

Website: https://ireach.wsu.edu/

Ekaterina Burduli

Assistant Professor

Department: College of Nursing

College: Nursing

Contact: eburduli@wsu.edu | 509-324-7368

At WSU since: 2016

Population of interest: Substance using perinatal women and their infants

Research interests: Maternal-child health, health disparities, substance use in perinatal women, neonatal abstinence syndrome, health-related survey development and validation

Collaborations of interest: Open

Website: https://nursing.wsu.edu/people/ekaterina-burduli

Michael Cleveland

Associate Professor and Chair

Department: Human Development

College: CAHNRS

Contact: michael.cleveland@wsu.edu | 509 335-8478

At WSU since: 2016

Population of interest: Adolescents, young adults, individuals in recovery

Research interests: Substance use, addiction, and relapse prevention

Collaborations of interest: Research focused on social contextual factors associated with addiction and relapse prevention

Robert Danielson

Assistant Professor

Department: Kinesiology and Educational Psychology

College: Education

Contact: robert.danielson@wsu.edu | 509-358-7793

At WSU since: 2017

Population of interest: K-12, college, and general public

Research interests: How learning with texts and graphics may promote epistemic and conceptual change around STEM concepts. My research focuses on students in K-12 through college, as well as members of the public. I also examine the educational, policy, and health-related implications of the public’s understanding of science.

Collaborations of interest: Science / health misconceptions, teaching science / health concepts, enhancing learning and understanding around these concepts.

Website: https://education.wsu.edu/robert-danielson/

Justin Denney

Associate Professor of Sociology and William Julius Wilson Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences

Department: Sociology

College: CAS

Contact: justin.denney@wsu.edu | 509-335-7516

At WSU since: 2017

Population of interest: mostly, but not completely, domestic research on children and adults

Research interests: Health and mortality disparities, families and health, place and health

Collaborations of interest: Food insecurity among families with young children; Sexual minority health disparities; Projects using NW HERON, a practice-based research network at WSU

Website: https://soc.wsu.edu/denney-justin/

Jennifer Duckworth

Assistant Professor

Department: Human Development

College: CAHNRS

Contact: jennifer.duckworth@wsu.edu | 509-335-8439

At WSU since: 2020

Population of interest: Adolescents and young adults

Research interests: Etiology, risk and protective factors, and consequences for substance use, sexual behaviors, Prevention science

Collaborations of interest: Research focused on socio-emotional and contextual factors associated with health-risk behaviors with a focus on understudied populations

David H. Garcia

Assistant Dean – Health Equity and Inclusion and Clinical Faculty, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Departments: Health Equity and Inclusion  and Medical Education and Clinical Sciences

Contact: garciad@wsu.edu | 509-368-6924

At WSU since: 2018

Population of interest: Minority populations, especially Black/African American and Hispanics/Latino

Research interests: Health disparities, social determinants of health, Hispanic/Latino health, organizational/institutional inequities, health outcomes, race and ethnicity

Collaborations of interest: Health and inequalities/inequities connected to higher education and conducting research in medicine education and institutional/systemic racism with the goal of improving health equity for communities

Maria A. Gartstein

Professor, Director of ADVANCE at WSU

Department: Psychology

College: Arts and Sciences

Contact: gartstma@wsu.edu | 509 335-4651

At WSU since: 2002

Population of interest: pregnant women, infants/young children and parents

Research interests: Maternal-child health, social-emotional development

Collaborations of interest: Research focused on maternal well-being during pregnancy, risk and protective factors relevant to social-emotional development

Website: https://labs.wsu.edu/infant-temperament/

Janessa M. Graves, PhD MPH

Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Community Research

College: College of Nursing

Email: janessa.graves@wsu.edu | 509-324-7257

At WSU since: 2013

Population of interest:  Rural & underserved populations

Research interests: Improving access to and quality of care; injury care; health services research; mental health services for rural youth

Collaborations of interest: Open to any related to injury (intentional or unintentional), health services research, costs/quality/access to care

Grants and publications

Website: https://nursing.wsu.edu/people/janessa-graves

Luciana (Lucy) Hebert

Assistant Research Professor, Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH)

Department: Community Health

College: Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Contact: luciana.hebert@wsu.edu | 206-708-8605 office

At WSU since: 2018

Population of interest: Women, adolescents, American Indian, Alaska Native,

Research interests: Reproductive, maternal and sexual health

Collaborations of interest: Any

Website: https://ireach.wsu.edu/

Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson

Professor and Department Chair

Department: Sociology

College: CAS

Contact: monicakj@wsu.edu | 509-335-8773

At WSU since: 2002

Population of interest: Adolescents and young adults

Research interests: Health inequality in the transition to adulthood; general well-being

Collaborations of interest: Health and inequalities tied to higher education, transition to work and home leaving for young people

Website: https://soc.wsu.edu/people/faculty-all/kirkpatrick-johnson-monica/

Luis Manriquez

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department: Academic and Community Partnerships

College: ESFCOM

Contact: luis.manriquez@wsu.edu | 509-368-6880

At WSU since: 2017

Population of interest: Underserved

Research interests: Community organizing, social determinants of health

Collaborations of interest: Evaluation of clinic organizing efforts and health equity curriculum

Courtney Meehan

Associate Professor / Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Department: Anthropology

College: CAS

Contact: cmeehan@wsu.edu | 509-335-2204

At WSU since: 2007

Population of interest: International, particularly in sub Saharan Africa, and the US

Research interests: Human milk composition and breastfeeding, role of  microbiomes on maternal-infant health, and child development

Collaborations of interest:  INSPIRE Consortium – international and interdisciplinary human milk and microbiome consortium studying the evolutionary, behavioral, genetic, and environmental associations with human milk composition and maternal-infant microbiomes. WSU COVID-19 Infant, Maternal, and Family Health Collaborative – WSU collaborative focused on addressing critical COVID-19 questions

Grants and publications

Website: labs.wsu.edu/meehan

Pablo Monsivais

Pablo Monsivais.Associate Professor

Department: Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

College: Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Contact: p.monsivais@wsu.edu | 509 358 7685

At WSU since: 2017

Population of interest: General, low-income, ethnic and racial minorities

Research interests: Social inequities in health, diet and health, food access, environmental and social interventions, neighborhood factors, policy

Collaborations of interest: Any

Website: https://medicine.wsu.edu/overview/faculty-and-staff/pablo-monsivais-ph-d-mph/

Clemma Jacobsen Muller

Assistant Professor

Department: DMECS

College: ESFCOM

Contact: clemma.muller@wsu.edu |

At WSU since: 2015

Population of interest: American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

Research interests: Epidemiology; providing methodological support for community-engaged research; behavioral intervention; cardiovascular disease; cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease, and related dementias; cancer screening and HPV vaccination.

Collaborations of interest: Anything relevant to health disparities, or to health promotion in underserved or marginalized populations.

Louise Parker, PhD

Professor and Extension Specialist

Department: Human Development

College:  CAHNRS

Contact:  parker@wsu.edu | 206-327-9499

At WSU since: 1984

Population of interest:  Low-income and culturally diverse families

Research interests: Community-based prevention, cultural adaptation of prevention programs, implementation and dissemination of prevention programs

Collaborations of interest: Working with others involved in health promotion, particularly in community settings

Website: https://hd.wsu.edu/people/people-profiles/?nid=parker

 

Anthippy Petras

Clinical Faculty and Program Manager for NW HERON

Department: IREACH

College: Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Contact: anthippy.petras@wsu.edu

At WSU since: April 16, 2019

Population of interest: American Indian and Alaska Native population, rural communities, and urban medically underserved

Research interests: Community-based interventions with a focus on American Indian and Alaska Native communities, early childhood development, early education, and family support systems

Collaborations of interest: Networking with WSU and clinical practices to identify medical needs within our communities

Websites: https://ireach.wsu.edu/nwheron and https://ireach.wsu.edu/

Julie Postma

Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor

College: College of Nursing

Contact: jpostma@wsu.edu | 509.324.7287 (office) – 206.245.9141 (cell)

At WSU since: 2009

Population of interest: People with asthma; immigrant populations; workers

Research interests: Air quality/environmental health; asthma management; public health; environmental justice; outreach and engagement

Collaborations of interest: Open

Website: https://nursing.wsu.edu/people/julie-postma

Laura Ryser

Assistant Professor

Department: Extension

College: CAHNRS

Contact: laura.ryser@wsu.edu | 360-228-7310

At WSU since: 2014

Population of interest: Families with young children, limited income individuals & households

Research interests: Community food systems, food security, food systems mapping, food policy

Collaborations of interest: Intersection of food access and access to health care, geography of food, local food supply chains, community engagement strategies

Website: kitsap.wsu.edu 

Yoshie Sano

Associate Professor

Department: Human Development

College: CAHNRS

Contact: yoshie_sano@wsu.edu | 360-546-9124

At WSU since: 2006

Population of interest: Rural, low-income families

Research interests: Family health, access to health care, minority health, food insecurity, economic well-being

Collaborations of interest: Research focusing on low-income families

Website: https://labs.wsu.edu/yoshie-sano/

Ka`imi A. Sinclair

Associate Professor

Department: Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH)

College: Nursing

Contact: kaimi.sinclair@wsu.edu | 206-708-8633

At WSU since: 2015

Population of interest: American Indians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, Latinx

Research interests: Health equity, reducing cardiometabolic disparities, chronic disease self-management education, mixed methods, translational research, culturally informed interventions

Collaborations of interest: Organizations that serve American Indians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and Latinx, and are interested in research

Website: https://ireach.wsu.edu/

Astrid M Suchy-Dicey

Assistant Professor

Department: Community Health

College: Elson S Floyd College of Medicine

Contact: astrid.suchy-dicey@wsu.edu | 206-708-8674

At WSU since: 2015

Population of interest: American Indian, Alaska Native, indigenous peoples

Research interests: Epidemiology, health disparities, cognition, neurodegenerative disease, vascular disease, renal disease, chronic disease, social and behavioral determinants of health, gene-environment interactions

Collaborations of interest: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (University of Washington), Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (Phoenix, Arizona), Strong Heart Study

Grants and publications

Raven Weaver

Assistant Professor

Department: Human Development

College: CAHNRS

Contact: raven.weaver@wsu.edu | 509-335-8685

At WSU since: 2017

Population of interest: Aging populations (i.e., older adults, late life), rural communities

Research interests: Efforts that support aging in place, access to long-term services and supports and health care, unmet and under-met needs

Collaborations of interest: Research focusing on aging populations

Website:  https://hd.wsu.edu/people/people-profiles/?nid=raven.weaver

Dale Willits

Assistant Professor

Department: Criminal Justice & Criminology

College: Arts & Sciences

Email: dale.willits@wsu.edu | 509-335-8320

At WSU since: 2015

Population of interest: Criminal justice involved populations and criminal justice professionals

Research interests: Substance use, violence, traffic safety

Collaborations of interest: I am interested in partnering with communities and organizations to conduct program evaluations, grant applications, and to conduct secondary analysis of data related to drug policy, violence prevention, and other public safety topics.

Website: https://crmj.wsu.edu/chair-faculty-graduate-students-and-staff/faculty/dale-willits/

 

Nicole Witham

AP Statewide Coordinator – WSU Food Systems

Department: Extension

College: CAHNRS

Contact: nwitham@wsu.edu | 425.218.3608

At WSU since: 2017

Population of interest: Food producers (farmers, engineers, soil scientists), people who manage the logistics and distribution of food (farmers market distributors, administrators of farm-to-school programs), consumers (community response, labeling of foods, coordination of producer-consumer match-making events)

Research interests: Food deserts – there is interest in analyzing how communities utilize the resources from small farms to address the gaps created by food deserts; Research examining small farms, which represent 90% of the farmers in the state, as well as the research examining the disparities between the funding that big and small farms receive; Equitable access and policy regulation impacting big and small farms to sell nationally and internationally

Collaborations of interest:  Faculty with similar research interests, who understand that food is medicine and that food is at the core of our needs; Community health organizations committed to encouraging home cooking, nutrition courses and nutrition education, especially for the most disadvantaged groups; Food pantries interested in offering courses to promote food education

Website: https://foodsystems.wsu.edu/ 

Anna Zamora-Kapoor

Assistant Professor

Departments: Sociology and Medical Education and Clinical Sciences (joint appointment)

College: Arts and Sciences (Sociology) and Medicine (Medical Education and Clinical Sciences)

Contact: anna.zamora-kapoor@wsu.edu | 206.708.8624 (office) – 206.499.4193 (cell)

At WSU since: 2016

Population of interest: Minority populations, especially American Indians and Hispanics.

Research interests: Health disparities, social determinants of health, American Indian and Alaska Native health, Hispanic/Latino health, international migration, health outcomes, race and ethnicity

Collaborations of interest: Academic-community partnerships to continue conducting research at the intersection of medicine and sociology, with the goal of improving health equity

Grants and publications

Website: https://soc.wsu.edu/people/faculty-all/zamora-kapoor-anna/

https://medicine.wsu.edu/overview/faculty-and-staff/anna-zamora-kapoor-phd/