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

Rebecca Rae MCRP, MWR


Phone: 505-272-4491

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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Associate Director of Native Tribal Participatory Research Programs



Rebecca Rae, M.C.R.P., M.W.R., is an Associate Scientist III at the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) College of Population Health, Center for Participatory Research (CPR). She is an Indigenous (Jicarilla Apache) scholar and her expertise spans over twelve years working with UNM-CPR implementing community based participatory research (CBPR) projects in partnership with Tribal communities. Her primary areas of research include Indigenous research methodologies and intervention/prevention research with Indigenous communities. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Kha'p'o Owingeh RezRIDERS contract, in partnership with Santa Clara Pueblo and funded by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). She's worked on the Family Listening Program over two NARCH funding cycles to help develop the culturally centered family curriculum and now through funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse R01 to rigorously test the family listening program curriculum. As an Indigenous NARCH, NIDA, DOJ researcher, she works diligently and closely with multiple Tribal community partners to help strengthen and enhance community members’ skills in research, program development, program implementation, facilitation, data collection/analysis, grant writing, and evaluation. ​She works with a team of UNM researchers through a contract with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to provide evaluation and technical assistance to WKKF New Mexico grantees. She served as the lead evaluator to an extensive evaluation for WKKF’s healthy birth and early development grantees and served as the co-lead to WKKF’s Native Child Wellness, Tribal Data Champions initiative that provided on-going trainings on Indigenous data sovereignty and data skill development to enhance evaluation capacity for tribal community members. She helped create curriculum that utilizes Indigenous evaluation methodologies and measures to support and honor Indigenous Data Sovereignty. Additionally, she served as an evaluation mentor to UNM’s Evaluation Lab, where she mentored students in the development of evaluation plans, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and report development for a non-profit organization.