Nina Wallerstein

    Professor, College of Population Health
    Director, Center for Participatory Research

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Nina Wallerstein, PhD, has been developing community based participatory research (CBPR) and empowerment/ Freirian interventions for over thirty years. Among over a hundred and forty publications are Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for Health (2nd ed. 2008) and Problem-Posing at Work: A Popular Educator's Guide. She has worked in North American and Latin American contexts: in participatory evaluation of healthy municipalities; in family, youth, and women's health intervention research; and with tribal partners to support culturally-centered research in New Mexico and the U.S. She has lead or co-lead research projects on intergenerational family prevention intervention with children, parents and elders in three Southwest tribes (NIDA funded); and best partnering practices associated with health outcomes and to develop a partnership evaluation/reflection toolkit (NINR-R01 funded). She has collaboratively produced with Latin American colleagues a train-the trainer Empowerment, Participatory Research and Health Promotion curriculum (initially sponsored by Pan American Health Organization), available in Spanish, Portuguese and English; and co-sponsors an annual summer Institute in CBPR for Health at the University of New Mexico.

Research Areas

  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Indigenous and Critical Methodologies
  • Empowerment-Based/Freirian Interventions
  • W.H.O. healthy communities in the U.S. and Latin America
  • Tribal community capacity and culturally-centered intervention development with tribes in New Mexico and United States

Country Specialization(s)

  • Latin America
  • United States