AUGUST 29, 2017


Introduction of Collaborative Hubs to Reduce the Burden of Suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth


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Andrea Horvath Marques, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Mental Health Disparities Research
Office for Research Disparities and Global Mental Health, NIMH

Dr. Horvath Marques serves as Chief of the Mental Health Disparity Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office for Research and Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH).  She is trained as a psychiatrist, a neuroscientist, and public mental health researcher. An experienced psychiatrist and public mental health research professional, she manages a grant portfolio focused on suicide prevention in Native American and Native Alaskan communities. Dr. Horvath Marques coordinates NIMH efforts related to Mental Health Disparities research and co-leads the NIMH's Mental Health Equity Workgroup.  She supports the ORDGMH Global Mental Health Program by serving as a Project Scientist for the Research Partnerships for Scaling Up Mental Health Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.  Dr. Horvath Marques earned an MD with specialization in Psychiatry and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of São Paulo's School of Medicine.  She also earned a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.


Alaska Native Collaboration Hub for Resilience Research (ANCHRR)


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Evon Peter, M.A.
Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Evon Peter was appointed vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in July 2014. A UAF alumnus, Peter is Neetsaii Gwich’in and Koyukon from Vashraii K’oo (Arctic Village), Alaska where he served three years as the tribal Chief. He currently serves as a board member to the Gwich’in Council International, which represents Gwich’in nation interests in the Arctic Council forum. Evon manages six community campuses and sixty workforce development, bridging, academic, and student services programs that serve 160 communities across Alaska. These include programs at the certificate to doctoral level in Indigenous Studies and research. His personal work has focused on incorporating Indigenous knowledge and practices into healing, leadership development, and most recently Alaska Native language programs. He holds a Baccalaureate degree in Alaska Native studies and a Masters degree in rural development. He resides in Fairbanks with his wife and four children.


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Stacy Rasmus, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Stacy Rasmus, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Institute of Arctic Biology and the College of Rural and Community Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is also an affiliated Research Faculty at the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington. Dr. Rasmus is trained in the social and behavioral sciences with specific expertise in the translation of Indigenous knowledge and practice into health interventions that are community-driven and culturally-centered. She currently leads several federal grants that focus on increasing strength and resilience and reducing risk for substance use disorders and suicide in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Her most recent award, through the National Institute of Mental Health, will establish the ANCHRR as a centralized resource for developing statewide partnerships and disseminating strategies and successes in suicide prevention. 


Southwest Hub: Brief Interventions for the Prevention of Suicide and the Promotion of Resilience


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Mary F. Cwik, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for American Indian Health
Associate Scientist, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Mary F. Cwik is a Licensed Psychologist and an Assistant Scientist at the Center for American Indian Health in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She has a joint appointment in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. For the past 10 years, Dr. Cwik has conducted research in suicide, substance use and trauma, focusing on preventing Native American mental health disparities. Dr. Cwik’s research, in collaboration with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, has helped to identify unique risk factors impacting these disparities, the importance of protective factors including cultural identity, and promising interventions associated with a reduction in the Apache suicide rate. Dr. Cwik has expertise in community academic partnerships, developing mental health interventions for different cultural contexts, training community mental health specialists, screening, surveillance (Apache model recognized by SAMHSA, Indian Health Service/IHS and the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), mixed methods designs, RCTs, and Emergency Department settings. Dr. Cwik has received two teaching excellence citations and serves on the APA Committee on Human Research, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center steering committee, and the Zero Suicide National Implementation Team for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Dr. Cwik’s current projects include: SAMHSA Apache suicide prevention grant (PI), NIH NARCH grant on the social networks of Apache youth (PI), multi-site NIMH grant on youth suicide screening (site PI), departmental pilot grant on text message follow-up for suicidal youth (PI), SAMHSA Maryland suicide prevention grant (Co-I), and trauma informed care learning collaborative through IHS (content expert). She also is the lead on foundation awards, technical assistance contracts, and grants under review to work with: San Carlos Apache (AZ), Northwest Indian College (WA), Colville Confederated Tribes (WA), Hualapai Tribe (AZ), Oglala Sioux Tribe (SD), Navajo Nation (NM), and Cherokee Nation (OK). Mary completed a B.A. (1999) in Psychology and Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D (2005) in Child Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and postdoctoral fellowship (2008) in the Johns Hopkins Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.


Preventing Suicide Among Urban American Indian Youth and Young Adults


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Spero M. Manson, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Public Health and Psychiatry
Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
Associate Dean for Research, Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Spero Manson (Pembina Chippewa) is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry. He directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health and serves as Associate Dean of Research in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado, Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center. His programs include 10 national centers, totaling $63 million in sponsored research, program development, training, and collaboration with 250 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings across the country. Dr. Manson has published 240 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, and mental health problems over the developmental lifespan of Native people. His numerous awards include the American Public Health Association’s prestigious Rema Lapouse Mental Health Epidemiology Award in 1998, three special recognition awards from the Indian Health Service (in 1996, 2004, and 2011), election to the Institute of Medicine in 2002, two distinguished mentor awards from the Gerontological Society of America in 2006 and 2007, the Herbert W. Nickens Award in 2006, the George Foster Award for Excellence from the Society for Medical Anthropology in 2006, and NIH’s Health Disparities Award for Excellence in 2008. Dr. Manson is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading authorities in regard to Indian and Native health.