Nina Wallerstein, Dr.P.H, Professor of Public Health, College of Population Health; Director, Center for Participatory Research (, University of New Mexico, has been developing community based participatory research (CBPR) and empowerment/Freirian interventions for over thirty-five years. She is currently co-Principal Investigator of an intergenerational culture-centered family prevention program with three Southwest tribes. To strengthen the science, art, and equity advocacy of CBPR, she is Principal Investigator of Engage for Equity, an NINR-funded RO1, with national partners, to research best partnering practices associated with health outcomes and to develop a partnership collective reflection/action toolkit. She is an appointed member of the NASEM committee for developing measures for community engaged science for health services and policy. She has collaboratively produced with Latin American colleagues a train-the trainer Empowerment, Health Promotion, and Participatory Research curriculum (initially sponsored by Pan American Health Organization in 1999) with its 2021 third edition (revised by Wallerstein and Parajon), to be available in Spanish, Portuguese and English; and co-sponsors an annual summer Institute in CBPR for Health since 2009.

Areas of Specialty

  • Community Based Participatory Research for Health Equity
  • Community Empowerment in Public Health Interventions

Achievements & Awards

Her scholarship includes over a hundred and fifty publications, including multiple books, e.g., Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for Health: Advancing Social and Health Equity, 3rd edition, 2018; and Problem-Posing at Work: A Popular Educator’s Guide (extending Paulo Freire’s emancipatory education methodology across education and public health). Her most important achievement has been her cultivation of partners to make a difference in health equity, including community and tribal partners throughout New Mexico; nationally through multiple community engagement networks, including her sponsorship of a national Think Tank of community and academic CBPR colleagues; and globally through her leadership in the International Collaboration of Participatory Health Research, the Health Equity Network of the Americas, and her over twenty-year collaboration with Brasilian scholars, educators, and activists. In 2016, she received the inaugural Community Engaged Research Lecture award from the University of New Mexico.

Key Publications

  • Wallerstein, N., (2020) (Guest Editor): Introduction to Special Collection on Engage for Equity: Advances in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Community Engaged Research (CEnR) for Health Education and Public Health. Health Education and Behavior, 47(3): 357 - 358.
  • Wallerstein, N., Oetzel, J., Sanchez-Youngman, S., Boursaw, B., Dickson, E., Kastelic, S., Koegel, P., Lucero, J., Magarati, M., Ortiz, K., Parker, M., Peña, J., Richmond, A., Duran, B., (2020). Engage for Equity: A Long-Term Study of Community Based Participatory Research and Community Engaged Research Practices and Outcomes, Health Education and Behavior, 47(3): 380-390.
  • Parker, M., Wallerstein, N., Duran, B., Magarati, M., Burgess, E., Boursaw, B., Koegel, P. Engage for Equity; Development of Community-based Participatory Research Tools. Health Education and Behavior 47 (3): 359-372.
  • Lucero, J, Boursaw, B., Eder, M., Greene-Moton, E., Wallerstein, N., & Oetzel, J. Engage for Equity: The Role of Trust and Synergy in Community-Based Participatory Research. Health Education and Behavior, 47(3): 372-379.
  • Belone, L., Rae, R., Hirchak, K., Cohoe-Belone, B., Orosco, A., Shendo, K., Wallerstein, N., (in press). Dissemination of an American Indian Culturally Centered Community-Based Participatory Research Family Listening Program: Implications for Global Indigenous Well-Being, Geneology.
  • Nguyen, T., Graham, I.D, Mirklas, K.J., Bowen, S., Cargo, M., Estabrooks, C.A., Kothari, A., Lavis, J., A., Macaulay, A.C., MacLeod, M., Phipps, D., Ramsden, V., Renfrew, MJ., Salsberg, J. Wallerstein, N. How does IKT compare from approaches to collaborative approaches to generating and translating knowledge? Learning from experts in the field. BMC Health Research Policy and Systems, in press.
  • Ortiz, K., Nash, J., Shea, L., Oetzel, J., Garoutte, J., Sanchez-Youngman, S., Wallerstein, N., (2020). Partnerships, Processes, and Outcomes: A Health Equity-Focused Scoping Meta-Review of Community Engaged Scholarship, Annual Review of Public Health, 41:177-199.
  • Chandanabhumma, P.P., Duran, B., Peterson, J.C., Pearson, C.R., Oetzel, J., Dutta, M., Wallerstein, N., (2020) Space within the Scientific Discourse for the Voice of the Other? Expressions of Community Voice in the Scientific Discourse of Community-Based Participatory Research, Health Communication, 35:5, 616-627, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1581409
  • Dickson, E., Magarati, M., Boursaw, B., Oetzel, J., Devia, C., Ortiz, K., Wallerstein, N., Characteristics and practices within research partnerships for health and social equity, Nursing Research, Jan-Feb, 2020, 69 (1), 51-61. Doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000399.
  • Dickerson, D., Baldwin, J., Belcourt, A., Belone, L., Gittlesohn, J., Kaholokula, J., K., Lowe, J., Patten, C., Wallerstein, N., Encompassing cultural contexts within scientific research methodologies in the development of health promotion interventions, Prevention Science, 2020, 21, 33–42.
  • Duran, B., Oetzel, J., Magarati, M., Parker, M., Zhou, C., Roubideaux, Y, Muhammad, M., Pearson, C., Belone, L., Kastelic, S.H., Wallerstein, N. Promising Practices and Outcomes: Learnings from a CBPR cross-site national study, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 2019, 13 (4), 337-352.
  • Reese, A., Hanza, M., Abbenyi, A., Formea, C, Meiers, S., Nigon, J., Osman, A., Goodson, M., Njeru, J., Boursaw, B., Dickson, E., Wieland, M., Sia, I., Wallerstein, N., A Collaborative Self-Evaluation Process for Community Based Participatory Research Partnerships, Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 2019, 13(3), Article: 225-235; Policy Brief: 223-224.
  • Wallerstein, N., Muhammad, M., Avila, M., Belone, L., Lucero, J., Noyes, E., Rodriguez, P., Sanchez-Youngman, S., Baker, E., Nguyen, T., Sigo, R., Ruddock, C., Duran, B., Power Dynamics in Community Based Participatory Research: A Multi-Case Study Analysis Partnering Contexts, Histories and Practices, Health Education and Behavior, 2019, 46(1S) 19S–32S, DOI: 10.1177/1090198119852998
  • Wallerstein, N., Oetzel, J., Duran, B., Magarati, M., Pearson, C., Belone, L., Davis, J., Dewindt, L., Lucero, J., Ruddock, C., Sutter, E., Villegas, M., Dutta., M. Culture-Centeredness in Community Based Participatory Research: Its Impact on Health Intervention Research, Health Education Research, 2019, 34(4), 372-388. doi: 10.1093/her/cyz021, PMID: 31237937
  • Collins SE, Clifasefi SL, Stanton J, The Leap Advisory Board, Straits KJE, Gil-Kashiwabara E, Rodriguez Espinosa P, Nicasio AV, Andrasik MP, Hawes SM, Miller KA, Nelson LA, Orfaly VE, Duran BM, Wallerstein N. Community-based participatory research (CBPR): Towards equitable involvement of community in psychology research. American Psychologist, 2018, 73(7):884-898. doi: 10.1037/amp0000167. PMID: 29355352
  • Eder, M., Ahmed, S., Calhoun, K, Corbie-Smith, G., Gaurav, D., DeFino, M., Harwood, E., Kissack, A., Kleinman, L., Wallerstein, N., Defining and Measuring Community Engagement and Community-Engaged Research: Clinical and Translational Science Institutional Practices.. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 12 (2), 2018, 145-156.
  • Akerman, M., Moyses, S.T., Franco, R., Mendes, R., Nogueira, J., Zancan, L., Manoncourt, Wallerstein, N, 2019, Democracy and health promotion, editorial, Health Promotion International, Special supplement on democracy and health promotion, 34 (1): i1–i3,
  • Harris, J., Cook, T., Gibbs, L., Oetzel, J., Salsberg, J., Shinn, C., Springett, J., Wallerstein, N., Wright, M., (2018). Searching for the impact of participation in health and health research: Challenges and methods," Biomedical Research International, 2018, Article ID 9427452, PMID: 29862298
  • Oetzel, J. Wallerstein, N., Duran, B., Sanchez-Youngman, S., Nguyen, T., Woo, K., Wang, J., Schulz, A.M., Kaholokula, J.K, Israel, B.A., Alegria, M., (2018). Impact of Participatory Health Research: A Test of the CBPR Conceptual Model: Pathways to Outcomes within Community-Academic Partnerships, Biomedical Research International, Article ID 7281405, doi:10.1155/2018/7281405.
  • Lucero, J., Wallerstein, N., Duran, B., Alegria, M., Greene-Moton, E., Israel B., Kastelic S., Magarati, M., Oetzel, J., Pearson, C., Schulz, A., Villegas, M., White Hat, E. Development of a Mixed Methods Investigation of Process and Outcomes of Community Based Participatory Research. Journal of Mixed Methods, 2018, 12(1) 55–74; first published on-line, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1558689816633309. PMID: 29230152


  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, French


To promote the science and impact on health equity from cultural-centered transdisciplinary intervention research with community and tribal partners; and to promote the science and impact on health equity of community based participatory research/community engaged research.

Center for Participatory Research 

Courses Taught

  • Determinants of Public Health Equity
  • Community Based Participatory Research for Health: Indigenous and Critical Methodologies