Who We Are

Center for Participatory Research

MSC09 5060
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Medical Arts Building II
Rooms 201-205

Phone: (505) 925-0715
Fax: (505) 272-4494

Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, MPH


Phone: 505.272.4173

Physical Address

717 Encino Place NE, Suite 9
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Building #044A on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC07 4255
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Director, Center for Participatory Research



College of Population Health


CPR Director: Nina Wallerstein (DrPH, MPH) Professor of Public Health, College of Population Health; Director, Center for Participatory Research. She 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 for Health: Advancing Social and Health Equity, 3rd edition, 2018; 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 is currently co-Principal Investigator of a NIDA-funded intergenerational family prevention intervention with children, parents and elders in three Southwest tribes. To improve the science of CBPR and reduce health inequities, she is Principal Investigator of an NINR-funded RO1 to research best partnering practices associated with health outcomes and to develop a partnership evaluation/reflection toolkit. 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: Indigenous and Critical Methodologies at the University of New Mexico.