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Nina Wallerstein, DrPH


Director, Center for Participatory Research

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 272-4173

Academic Career

Wallerstein, who has been with the UNM School of Medicine since 1989, received her MPH and DrPH from the School of Public Health at the University of California in Berkeley. She founded the UNM Master of Public Health Program in 1994, and served as its director until 2007.

Teaching/Research Interests

For more than 30 years, Wallerstein has collaborated with colleagues and conducted community-based participatory research that focuses on strengthening community wellness and improving health equity across diverse communities. For example, she has partnered with New Mexico tribal communities on: the Healthy Native Community Fellowship, a national Native American leadership program that promotes community wellness; the Family Listening Program, an intergenerational, culturally-centered intervention to reduce substance abuse and encourage family wellness; and RezRIDERS, an extreme-sports program for Native American youth. She is now working on developing a toolkit and training for strengthening partnerships that work to reduce health inequities and improve health outcomes in Native American communities.

She teaches Principles of Public Health, and teaches for and coordinates the annual UNM summer Community-Based Participatory Research Institute: Critical and Indigenous Methodologies. Wallerstein has produced a train-the-trainer curriculum called Empowerment, Participatory Research and Health Promotion. The training is available in Spanish, Portuguese and English.  


  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Translational Culturally-Centered Intervention Research
  • Tribal Capacity Building Research
  • Participatory Evaluation of Healthy Communities and Healthy Municipalities in U.S. and Latin America

Practice and Research Pages

Professional Memberships

  • American Public Health Association
  • Society of Public Health Education
  • International Union of Health Education and Health Promotion


UNM Center for Participatory Research receives $2 million NIH grant
(HSCNewsBeat; Nov. 17, 2015) ─ The University of New Mexico Center for Participatory Research (CPR) has received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address key gaps in how community-engaged research projects are evaluated.

Dr. Wallerstein Receives National Award
(HSCNewsBeat; Dec. 13, 2009) ─ The Community-Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus of the American Public Health Association (APHA) recently presented its 2009 Tom Bruce Award to Nina Wallerstein. Dr. P.H., Professor, MPH Program, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Bonnie Duran, Dr. P.H. associate professor at the University of Washington School Of Community Medicine and the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute.

Dr. Nina Wallerstein Receives Public Honor
(HSCNewsBeat; Oct. 23, 2008) ─ Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, Professor, Masters in Public Health and Director, Center for Participatory Research in the Institute of Public Health, Office of Community Health and Department of Family and Community Medicine, recently received the Distinguished Fellow Award presented by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).