Learn about the team members that work in each of our cores
Dr. Kenyon earned a PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. Her research interests lie in adolescent health and development, transition to adulthood, healthy youth development, and applied developmental science approaches, such as prevention, intervention, and evaluation.
Jessica Heinzmann earned a B.A. in Economics and Social Science from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her research experience includes working on a childhood obesity prevention grant before joining the CRCAIH team in 2015. Jessica is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.
Community Engagement and Innovation Division
Melissa is an enrolled member of the Meskwaki Nation in Iowa as well as the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. She earned a M.S. in Human Development with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from South Dakota State University. Her goal is to provide culturally appropriate education to communities, students and researchers and work with CRCAIH partners to increase community engagement regarding research.
Culture, Science & Bioethics Core
Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH - NCAI Policy Research Center Director
Dr. Roubideaux is the Director of the NCAI Policy Research Center, which is a national tribal research and policy center that focuses on data to inform the policy development efforts of tribes and to inform public policy debates. Her prior work includes research, education, health systems administration and policy development in the areas of American Indian and Alaska Native health policy and the quality of diabetes care.
Regulatory Knowledge Core
Michaela has a Master's in Public Health from the University of South Dakota (USD). Her research interests involve health policy, ethics, and health disparities in special populations, such as American Indians and the LGBT community.
Dr. Hanson earned a PhD in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Iowa. She is currently the Principal Investigator on NIH-funded research studies that use community-based participatory research with American Indian tribes to develop, implement, and evaluate alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP) interventions. For the past 12 years, Dr. Hanson has directed and evaluated multiple projects within American Indian communities focused on maternal-child health and has published both qualitative and quantitative data related to women’s health and wellness, including prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and fetal alcohol syndrome.
Tess Weber earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a concentration in cancer epidemiology. Her primary research interests are disparities in health care and health status.