News, events, and seminars

Dr. James Allen Appointed to NIH Standing Review Committee and National Academy of Sciences Steering Committee

Posted on: July 28, 2017

Congratulations! Dr. James Allen was appointed by the Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a member of the Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research Review Subcommittee of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Initial Review Group, (AA-2) of the NIH. Dr. James Allen was also nominated to serve as a member of a steering committee on National Statistics of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

UAF Research Hub Seeks to Help Alaska Communities Stop Suicides

Posted on: June 13, 2017

University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have received a $4.25 million federal grant to help Alaska Native communities use the most effective ways of preventing suicides.

The UAF Institute of Arctic Biology, Center for Alaska Native Health Research and College of Rural and Community Development received the five-year grant. It was one of three awarded nationwide by the National Institutes of Health.

UAF will use the grant to establish the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research Resilience. The hub will help communities adopt culturally relevant strategies to prevent suicides. Dr. Jame Allen from the University of Minnesota Medical School is one of the hub's principal researchers. 

Presentation at National Conference

Posted on: September 19, 2016

On September 19, 2016, Dr. Jim Boulger presented a paper at the third national Beyond Flexner conference.

Dr. J. Neil Henderson Leads the Medical Discovery Team Duluth

Posted on: August 25, 2016

The first Medical Discovery Team (MDT) Leader has been hired by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. J. Neil Henderson will lead the team focused on health equity, rural health access, and American Indian health issues. He will be a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences on the Medical School’s Duluth campus.

Dr. Brenna Greenfield Accepted Tenure Track Position

Posted on: July 26, 2016

Dr. Ruth Westra, interim chair, is pleased to announce that Dr. Brenna Greenfield, has accepted a tenure track faculty position in the Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences Department on the Duluth campus.

Dr. Brenna Greenfield's Upcoming Presentations

Posted on: April 25, 2016

We are pleased to announce two upcoming presentations by Dr. Brenna Greenfield.

May 5th - Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
Title: Local reflective practice: A simple, comprehensive framework for cultural training of health service psychologists (with Kelly Moore from the Minneapolis VA)

May 6thPromoting Health Equity: Engage. Inform. Act
Title: Binge drinking among Native American college students

Dr. Jim Boulger and Sarah Beehler Attend Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Annual Research and Innovation Forum

Posted on: March 12, 2016
Learning While Doing: Teaching Research Skills to Medical Students Via Community Based Family Medicine Preceptor Involvement – Emily Onello, M.D., Jim Boulger, Ph.D. and Sarah Beehler, Ph.D.

Dr. James Allen Served as Guest Editor for the Journal Prevention Science

Posted on: February 26, 2016

Dr. James Allen served as guest editor for a recent special section of the journal Prevention Science on small samples research. The eleven articles of the special section focused on design, measurement issues, and analysis of research with small samples typical to health disparities and culturally distinct groups and to community-level intervention. Dr. James Allen was also co-author on four of the publications.

Dr. Melissa Walls Awarded New Grant

Posted on: February 25, 2016

Dr. Melissa Walls recently received notification that the grant proposal entitled "Indigenous Pathways of Substance Use and Mental Health through Early Adulthood" will be funded. This is a 5-year award funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIDA) and is a community-based participatory research project building on over a decade of university and tribal community collaboration.

Dr. Mustafa al’Absi Featured in Health Talk

Posted on: February 4, 2016

Dr. Mustafa al’Absi was featured in Health Talk as an UMN Expert: More Global Mental Health and Substance Abuse Research Needed.  Health Talk is published by the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center.