Skip to content Skip to navigation

About the Event

The University of New Mexico’s Annual Community-Engaged Research Lecture, presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research, is one of the highest honors that UNM can bestow upon a faculty member in recognition of one’s community engaged research and creative activity.
This year, Dr. Johnnye Lewis, Research Professor and Director of the Community Environmental Health Program (CEHP), will be honored.

Dr. Johnnye Lewis is a Research Professor and Director of the Community Environmental Health Program (CEHP) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. Her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Manitoba was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in inhalation toxicology at the Department of Energy Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and private sector work as owner and CEO of Environmental Health Associates, an environmental health consulting firm providing risk modeling and assessment methodology development for Indigenous tribes, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and NRC. She moved to academia in 1996 and developed CEHP to merge her scientific research in toxicology with community concerns, creating partnerships among multidisciplinary researchers, communities, policy and decision-makers, and clinicians to develop creative and integrative transdisciplinary solutions to environmental contamination problems. Today Dr. Lewis leads, with her team members, multiple center-level programs including the Navajo Birth Cohort Study, Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (NIH-OD), the METALS Superfund Research Center (NIH-NIEHS), the Center for Native Environmental Health Equity Research (NIEHS/USEPA Phase 1, NIMHD Phase 2), and is an active member of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. CEHP’s primary focus is on risk to Indigenous communities from chronic exposures to abandoned uranium mine waste from Cold War weapons development throughout the Western US. The Centers focus on environmental mobility and multigenerational toxicity, engaging teams of trained indigenous community researchers, indigenous language and culture specialists, artists, toxicologists, engineers, mineralogists, geochemists, geographers, statisticians and mathematicians, immunologists, ethnographers, and clinicians. The Centers work with communities to Integrate indigenous knowledge, language, and art into design and implementation of clinical trials and novel risk reduction strategies to form a framework from which to build culturally acceptable solutions.

7th Annual Community Engaged Research Lecture

    WHEN: April 29th, 2022 - 5:00pm

    WHERE: Centennial Engineering Center 1040 & Zoom

    Register & RSVP


Quick Links