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College of Nursing

MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 1-800-690-0934

Dorinda Welle

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Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae


(505) 272-4142

Dorinda Welle earned her MA in Medical Anthropology and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from The New School for Social Research. As an anthropologist, Dr. Welle brings an interdisciplinary approach to understanding health disparities and advancing health equity through community-engaged research in school health and Native American health. Over the past 25 years, her research has informed innovation in HIV prevention, substance abuse treatment, trauma treatment and adolescent health in the US and internationally.  Her current research aims to develop the evidence base for a culture-centered suicide prevention curriculum for Navajo students and their families.  Her school health research draws on school-based nurses' unique knowledge and expertise to inform policy advocacy.  Dr. Welle is a board member of the Navajoland Nurses United for Research, Service and Education (N-NURSE) and a Fellow of the Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. 

Key Words:  anthropology, health disparities, school health, Native American health, policy-relevant research.