Scientific Mentor Network

The Scientific Mentor Network (SMN) mentors are experienced, senior scientists with extensive mentorship experience in American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) and underrepresented ethnic minority communities. Members of the SMN are on stand-by to be matched as mentors to IHART fellows and may participate in the winter roundtable or summer institute. Additionally, all have methodological or theoretical expertise relevant to AIAN communities and all have experience in developing culturally relevant prevention and intervention research with UREM or AIAN communities.



Alison Boyd-Ball
(Colville Tribe) Services Director of the Health, Education, Social Services Department, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in eastern Washington state.
Andrew Jolivette, PhD
(Creole of Opelousa, Choctaw, Atakapa-Ishak, French, African, and Spanish descent) Professor and Department Chair, American Indian Studies Department, San Francisco State University
Annjeannette Belcourt, PhD
(Blackfeet/Mandan/Hidatsa) Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, University of Montana
Jan Beals, PhD
Co-director of research, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Department of Community & Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health, at the University of Colorado at Denver
Nabila El-Bassel, PhD
Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University Director, Social Intervention Group Director, Global Health Research Center of Central Asia
Nina Wallerstein, DrPH
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine Director, Center for Participatory Research,Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico
Steffanie Strathdee, PhD
Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Thomas Patterson, PhD
(Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) Professor, Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Tommi L. Gaines, PhD
(African American/Navajo) Assistant Professor, Division of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Wadiya Udell, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell