Tassy Parker, PhD, RN


Dr. Parker, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation (Beaver clan), is a tenured Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and Professor of Nursing at the UNM HSC School of Medicine. Dr. Parker is also Associate Vice Chancellor for American Indian Health Research and Education and a fellow in the 2013-2014 Drexel University Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.

She is co-founder of the All Nations Wellness and Healing Center (ANWHC) for the Albuquerque urban AI community. Dr. Parker mentors a number of junior faculty, and AI medical, doctoral and health professions students. She teaches a Community-Based Participatory Research and Indigenous Knowledge Summer Institute.

Dr. Parker and the CNAH team deliver community health assessment education to AI communities nationally that emphasizes core cultural values, sovereignty, self-determination, and health workforce development. Another innovation includes a Telehealth Connections for AI Education initiative to close curriculum gaps, create a bi-directional teaching bridge between traditional healers and health sciences students, and connect students from community to campus.

Undergrad: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of New Mexico

Graduate: Master of Arts in Sociology, University of New Mexico

Doctoral: Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sociology, University of New Mexico


Her research addresses American Indian (AI) depression, substance use, historical trauma, the role of maternal stressors in pediatric obesity prevention, and youth incarceration. Dr. Parker’s research also includes integrated health care, including traditional healing. Her priority approach is AI health beliefs/practices as foundation for interventions development.