Undergrad: The University of New Mexico, Biology, 1988

Graduate: The University of New Mexico, Epidemiology, Public Health, 2004

Doctoral: The University of New Mexico, Health Communication, 2010

Achievements & Awards


2010-present Center for Participatory Research Senior Fellow
2017-2018 Mentor, Women’s Resource Center Impact: Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program
2012-2017 Recipient, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Fellow
2012-2017 Recipient, New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement, & Science on Health Disparities Senior Fellow
2011 Inducted into the Delta Omega Gamma Epsilon Chapter
2011 Recipient, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Alumni
2010-2011 Recipient, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship
2010-2011 Recipient, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
2009-2010  Recipient, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
2007-2009 Recipient, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship
2007 Selected, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship (declined)


Key Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

Allen, S., Held, S., Milne-Price, S., McCormick, A., Feng, D., Inouye, J., . . . Belone, L., Wallerstein, N. (2021). Community sharing: Contextualizing Western research notions of contamination within an Indigenous research paradigm. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-12. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12552

Werito, V., & Belone, L. (2021). Research from a Diné-centered perspective and the development of a community-based partnership. Health Education & Behavior, 48(3), 361-370. doi: 10.1177/10901981211011926

Sanchez-Youngman, S., Boursaw, B., Oetzel, J., Kastellic, S., Devia, C., Scarpette, M., Belone, L., & Wallerstein, N. (2021). Structural community governance: Importance for community-academic research partnerships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-12. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12505

Belone, L., Rae, R., Hirchak, K. A., Cohoe-Belone, B., Orosco, A., Shendo, K., & Wallerstein, N. (2020). Dissemination of an American Indian culturally centered community-based participatory research family listening program: Implications for global Indigenous well-being. Genealogy, 4(99). doi: 10.3390/genealogy4040099

Gittelsohn, J., Belcourt, A., Magarati, M., Booth-LaForce, C. Duran, B., Mishra, S.I., Belone, L., & Jernigan, V.B.B. (2020). Building capacity for productive Indigenous community-university partnerships. Prevention Science. 21(1), 22-32. https//doi.org/10.1007/s11121-018-0949-7

Dickerson, D., Baldwin, J. A., Belcourt, A., Belone, L., Gittelsohn, J., Kaholokula, J. K. Lowe, J., Pattern, C.A., & Wallerstein, N. (2020). Encompassing cultural contexts within scientific research methodologies in the development of health promotion interventions. Prevention Science 21(1), 33-42. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-018-0926-1

Snijder, M., Stapinski, L., Lees, B., Ward, J., Conrod, P., Mushquash, C., Belone, L, . . . Newton, N. (2019). Preventing substance use among Indigenous adolescent in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand: A systematic review of the literature. Prevention Science.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-019-01038-w

Wallerstein, N., Muhammad, M., Sanchez-Youngman, S., Espinosa, P. R., Avila, M., Baker, E. A., Barnett, S., Belone, L., . . . Duran, B. (2019). Power dynamics in community-based participatory research: A multiple-case study analysis of partnering contexts, histories, and practices. Health Education & Behavior, 46(IS), 19S-32S. doi: 10.1177/1090198119852998

Minthorn, R., Belone, L., Martinez, G., & Sims, C. (2019). Indigenous research perspectives in the State of New Mexico: Implications for working with schools and communities. Journal of American Indian Education, 58(1-2), 108-123. doi: 10.5749/jamerindieduc.58.1-2.0108

Wallerstein, N., Oetzel, J. G., Duran, B., Magarati, M., Pearson, C., Belone*, L., . . . Dutta, M. J. (2019). Culture-centeredness in community-based participatory research: contributions to health education intervention research. Health Education Research, 34(4), 372-388. doi: 10.1093/her/cyz021 (*corresponding author)

Duran, B., Oetzel, J., Magarati, M., Parker, M., Zhou, C., Roubideaux, Y., Muhammad, M., Pearson, C., Belone, L.,. . . Wallerstein, N. (2019). Toward health equity: A national study of promising practices in community-based participatory research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 13(4), 337-352. doi: https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.2019.0067

Belone, L., Orosco, A., Damon, E., Smith-McNeal, W., Rae, R., Sherpa, M. L., . . . Wallerstein, N. (2017). The piloting of a culturally centered American Indian family prevention program: a CBPR partnership between Mescalero Apache and the University of New Mexico. Public Health Reviews, 38(30), 13. doi: 10.1186/s40985-017-0076-1

Belone, L., Lucero, J., Duran, B., Tafoya, G., Baker, E.A., Chan, D., Chang, C., Greene-Moton, E., Kelly, M.A., & Wallerstein, N.  (2014). Community-based participatory research conceptual model: Community partner consultation and face validity. Qualitative Health Research. 1-19. doi: 10.1177/1049732314557084

Muhammad, M., Wallerstein, N., Sussman, N., Avila, M., Belone, L., & Duran, B. (2014). Reflections on researcher identity and power: The impact of positionality on community based participatory research (CBPR) processes and outcomes. Critical Sociology. 1-20. doi: 10.1177/0896920513516025.

Sandoval, J. A., Lucero, J., Oetzel, J., Avila, M., Belone, L., Mau, M., . . . Wallerstein, N. (2012). Process and outcome constructs for evaluating community-based participatory research projects: a matrix of existing measures. Health Education Research, 27(4), 680-690. doi: 10.1093/her/cyr087

Hicks, S., Duran, B., Wallerstein, N., Avila, M., Belone, L., Lucero, J. E., . . . White Hat, E. (2012). Evaluating community-based participatory research to improve community-partnered science and community health. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 6(3), 289-311. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2012.0049; 10.1353/cpr.2012.0049

Oetzel, J., Wallerstein, N., Solimon, A., Garcia, B., Siemon, M., Adeky, S., Apachito, G., Caston, E., Finster, C., Belone, L., & Tafoya, G. (2011). Creating an Instrument to Measure People's Perception of Community Capacity in American Indian Communities. Health Education & Behavior. Jun;38(3):301-10. DOI:10.1177/1090198110379571.

Wallerstein, N., Duran, B., Aguilar, J., Joe, L (Belone)., Loretto, F., Toya, A., Yepa-Waquie, H., Padilla, R., & Shendo, K. (2003). Jemez Pueblo: Built and social-cultural environments and health within a rural American Indian community in the Southwest. American Journal of Public Health 93(9): 1517-18.

Book Chapters

Belone, L., & Werito, V. (2022). K’é Bee ‘Ahi'na’anish: Mentorship while utilizing a Diné-Centered Community-Based Participatory Research Approach. In P. Vallejo & V. Werito (Eds.), Transforming Diné Education: Innovations in Pedagogy and Practice: University of Arizona Press.

Wallerstein, N., Belone, L., Burgess, E., Dickson, E., Gibbs, L., Parajon, L. C., . . . Silver, G. (2021). Community based participatory research: Embracing praxis for transformation. In D. Burns, J. Howard & S. M. Ospina (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry (pp. 663-679). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Martinez, G., Tsinnajinnie-Paquin, L., Werito, V., Belone, L., Gutierrez-Gomez, C., Flowerday, T., . . . Minthorn, R. Z. (2021). Community Inspired Approaches to Indigenous Education in New Mexico. In I. John W. Tippeconnic & M. J. T. Fox (Eds.), On Indian Ground: The Southwest (pp. 51-61). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Belone, L., Griffith, D. M., & Baquero, B. (2018). Academic positions for faculty of color: Combining life calling, community service, and research. In N. Wallerstein, B. Duran, J. Oetzel & M. Minkler (Eds.), Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: Advancing Social and Health Equity (Third ed., pp. 265-271). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Belone, L., Tosa, J., Shendo, K., Toya, A., Straits, K., Tafoya, G., . . . Wallerstein, N. (2016). Community-based participatory research for co-creating interventions with Native communities: a partnership between the University of New Mexico and the Pueblo of Jemez. In N. Zane, G. Bernal & F. T. L. Leong (Eds.), Evidence-based psychological practice with ethnic minorities: Culturally informed research and clinical strategies (pp. 199-220). Baltimore, MD: United Book Press.

Duran, B., Wallerstein, N., Avila, M. M., Belone, L., Minkler, M., & Foley, K. (2013). Developing and maintaining partnerships with communities. In B. A. Israel, E. Eng, A. J. Schulz & E. A. Parker (Eds.), Methods for Community-Based Participatory Research for Health (2nd ed., pp. 43-68). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Wampler, N. and Belone, L. (2012). Female adolescent health: Risk behaviors and resiliency. In J.R.Joe & F. Guchapin (Eds.), Native American women: Health and socio-cultural perspectives.

Belone, L., Oetzel, J. G., Wallerstein, N., Tafoya, G., Rae, R., Rafelito, A., . . . Thomas, A. (2012). Using participatory research to address substance abuse in an American-Indian community. In L. R. Frey & K. M. Carragee (Eds.), Communication Activism: Struggling for social justice amidst difference (Vol. Three, pp. 403-434). New York, NY: Hampton Press, Inc.

Wallerstein, N., Oetzel, J., Belone, L., Tafoya, G., & Rae, R. (2008). What predicts outcomes in cbpr? In M. Minkler & N. Wallerstein (Eds.), Community-based participatory research for health: From process to outcomes (2nd ed., pp.371-392). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


For the past 23 years Dr. Belone has been engaged in community-based participatory health research with an Indigenous paradigm focused on health disparities with tribal nations of the southwest. In her first National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 study she collaborated in the rigorous examination of an evidence-based Indigenous family intervention with three tribal communities of the southwest (2014-2021/CoPI Wallerstein).

Dr. Belone has served as co-investigator in the national examination of research partnering processes to strengthen the science of community-based participatory research (CBPR) to improve health and health equity outcomes through R01 funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research (2015-2021/PI Wallerstein).

In 2020, Dr. Belone received her second R01 study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (2020-2025) and is the Principal Investigator of a dissemination and implementation research study involving the evidence-based Indigenous family intervention with three southwest tribal communities that is now being implemented with three new tribal communities.

Dr. Belone is also the Director of the Community Engagement and Dissemination Core of the Transdisciplinary Research Equity & Engagement (TREE) Center funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (U54, 2017-2023) and serves as an academic mentor on a couple of TREE pilot studies.

Courses Taught

The University of New Mexico – Undergraduate Courses in the College of Education

  • HED 371 Introduction to Public & Community Health (3)
  • HED 383 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • HED 471 Introduction to Community Health (3)
  • HED 482 Social Determinants and Multicultural Health: Social Justice and Health (3)
  • HED 493 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)

The University of New Mexico – Graduate Courses in the College of Education

  • HED 507/PEP 507 Research Design in HPER (3)
  • HED 571 Advanced Community Health Education Research (3)
  • HED 574 Epidemiological Principles in Health Education (3)
  • HED 582 Advanced Multicultural Research and Multicultural Health Beliefs (3)
  • HED 595 Field Experience (3)

The University of New Mexico – Graduate Courses in the Master in Public Health Program, College of Population Health

  • PH 560/HED 593 CBPR for Health: Indigenous & Critical Methodologies (2-3)
  • PH 556 CBPR for Health: Indigenous & Critical Methodologies (2-3)

The University of New Mexico – Graduate Course in the Department of Communication and Journalism, College of Arts and Sciences

  • CJ 552 Health Topic in Health Communication (3)

The University of New Mexico-Gallup – Undergraduate Courses, Education, Health and Human Services Division

  • HCHS 293 Intro to Public Health (3)      
  • HE 171 Personal Health Management (3)