Bonnie Duran
Center for Indigenous Health Research Director


Bonnie Duran Dr.PH is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health and is also Director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute ( She received her DrPH from the UC Berkeley SPH in 1997. Bonnie teaches graduate courses in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Health Promotion/Disease Prevention and critical theory. She has worked in public health research, evaluation and education among Native Americans and other communities of color for 27 years. Dr. Duran is currently the Principal Investigator of two NIH funded research projects in “Indian Country”. Working with the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and the University of New Mexico, she is studying the promoters, barriers and mechanisms of change in Community Based Participatory Research. With the Northwest Indian College and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, she is conducting a needs and capacity study of behavioral health at 34 Tribal Colleges ( Dr. Duran is also Co-PI of an NIMH funded HIV and mental health research training program. Her past work includes partnering with the Navajo Nation, Indian Health Service and Indigenous Community Based Organizations on frontier rural projects aimed at improving health services, and developing culture- centered health promotion. Using indigenous theories to guide her work, Bonnie’s research includes studies of the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders, violence, and child abuse; and treatment seeking patterns and barriers to care among Native peoples. The overall aims of her research are to work with communities to design public health treatment and prevention efforts that are empowering, culture-centered, assessable and sustainable and that have maximum public health impact. She has over 50 publications including articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and books. Dr. Duran is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Public Health and Progress in Community Health Partnerships; and is on the CDC Health Disparities Advisory Board. In her free time, Dr. Duran teaches “Indigenous Presence” (mindfulness) meditation to Indigenous and other communities of color.

Dennis M. Donovan, PhD
Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute


Dr. Donovan has been the director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute since 1993 and has been a UW faculty member since 1981. He has served as Principal Investigator on a number of federally funded grants, including NIAAA’s Project MATCH, the NIAAA COMBINE Study, and NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). He was affiliated with the Addictions Treatment Center at the Seattle Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System for over 20 years, involved in clinical, administrative, training, and research activities. In 2013, Dr. Donovan was invited to serve on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services.

Mary Larimer, PhD
Director, Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington


Mary Larimer, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Associate Director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center, and Director of the Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors, University of Washington. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UW, and has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Dr. Larimer’s research and clinical interests include 1) prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug problems among adolescents and young adults (with a particular focus on college drinking prevention), 2) prediction of initiation of drinking and trajectories of alcohol and substance use during emerging adulthood, 3) co-morbidity of substance use with depression, suicide, trauma, PTSD, disordered eating, and gambling problems, 4) evaluation of housing and treatment programs for chronically homeless and incarcerated individuals and 5) dissemination of evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches into clinical, school, and work-site settings. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters on these topics.

Maya Magarati, PhD (Indigenous Nepali)
Research Scientist


Research Scientist (Indigenous Nepali). Maya received her BH-Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, and her MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of Washington. She has skills to manage all aspects of research and evaluation processes including theory of change logic model development, online or print survey instrument design and administration, data collection, management, analysis and reporting of findings. A key aspect of all her research and policy works underlies considering socio-economic structural determinants of disparate social mobility and health outcomes for racial/ethnic groups.

Myra Parker, MPH, JD, PhD (Mandan/Hidatsa)
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry


Assistant Professor, (Mandan-Hidatsa). Myra received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, her JD in Federal Indian Law from the University of Arizona and MPH from the University of Arizona. She has 10 years of public health research and five years of policy work within Arizona state government, in tribal governments, and at the national level. Her experience in public health involves Community-Based Participatory Research and disparities research.

Leo Egashira, MBA
Research Coordinator


Leo is a Research Coordinator for PI Bonnie Duran. He received his BA in East Asian Languages from Harvard College and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a self-employed export broker for 19 years, as well as a volunteer and professional writer and editor for 22 years. Leo brings organizational, writing & editing skills, as well as a strong interest in (Native American) ethno-linguistics. He is the chief editor of the quarterly IWRI Newsletter. He is also a nine-year national board member of a social justice advocacy organization, chairing the Publications Committee.

Tess Abrahamson-Richards, MPH

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