Faculty and Staff

Andrew Sussman, PhD

Andrew Sussman, PhD

Andrew L. Sussman, PhD, MCRP

Director, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences Shared Resource
Department of Family and Community Medicine
MSC09 5040
505-272-4077
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Andrew L. Sussman, PhD, MCRP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.  He received both his Ph.D. (Cultural Anthropology) and M.C.R.P. (Community and Regional Planning) at the University of New Mexico.  He completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  Dr. Sussman has designed and led numerous qualitative and mixed method research studies.  His research focuses on primary health care service delivery and patient-provider counseling dynamics among health disparity populations in New Mexico. He has conducted much of this work through RIOS Net, a primary care practice-based research network located in the Department of Family and Community Medicine for which he now serves as the Director. Through RIOS Net, he has developed and received institutional and extramural funding to conduct research in a range of topical areas including cancer prevention, substance use disorders, complementary and alternative medicine and obesity/diabetes prevention. The majority of this research has been conducted in outpatient primary care and community settings throughout New Mexico, mostly in predominantly Hispanic and American Indian tribal communities. Given this focus, he has extensive experience in participatory and community engaged approaches to research.  He has over 30 publications in these research areas and also teaches qualitative research design in the Master of Science in Biomedical Science Program.

 

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Dolores D. Guest, PhD, RD

Dolores D. Guest, PhD, RD

Associate Director, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences Shared Resource
Cancer Research and Treatment Center
MSC07 4025
505-272-1487
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Dolores D. Guest, PhD, RD, is the Senior Program Manager of the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. (Nutritional Sciences, 2009) and completed her dietetic internship (Registered Dietitian, R.D., 2009) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She completed two additional years in post-doctoral training in the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology at UIUC as well as at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Guest has designed and led several qualitative research studies in a number of areas including Parkinson’s disease, pain management, and women’s health and body composition. She has conducted this research with a variety of culturally and ethnically diverse groups, including Alaska Natives and Native Americans. Her research has focused on lifestyle influences in combination with genetic variability on disease development, recovery and subsequent quality of life. Given the diversity of her previous work, she brings a broad skill set to the Shared Resource, including grant and IRB application preparation, direct clinical and community engagement, study design and execution, and database development and management expertise.

Tawny Wilson Boyce, MS, MPH

Tawny Boyce, MS, PhD

Tawny Boyce, MS, PhD

Biostatistician, Biostatistics Shared Resource
Data Manager, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences Shared Resource
Cancer Research and Treatment Center
MSC07 4025
505-272-9578
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Tawny Boyce splits her time between the Biostatistics Shared Resource and the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at University of New Mexico Cancer Center.  In 2010, she earned a dual Master’s degree from Tufts University focusing on epidemiology, biostatistics and nutrition. She has prior experience as an epidemiologist/biostatistician at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.  She has experience with large population datasets used to illustrate health disparities in chronic conditions and health behaviors, including people with disabilities and older adults. Ms. Boyce also has knowledge of data management and analysis of longitudinal observational clinical data for use in publications and presentations for a wide range of audiences. She has used clinical, behavioral, and quality of life data to assess health outcomes and promote disease prevention across the lifespan.

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Matthew Schwartz

Matthew Schwartz

Matthew Schwartz is a Research Scientist with Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is a doctoral student with a concentration in Evolutionary Ecology. Matthew’s dissertation research focuses on the relationship between sex-specific differences in health outcomes as a function of variation in diet and access to health care. Matthew spent a year working with the Tsimane, an Amerindian forager-horticultural population in the Bolivian Amazon Basin, as an onsite coordinator of a roving clinical research team for an NIH/NIA sponsored project on cardiovascular health and aging. He is also currently a Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy doctoral fellow.

Yvonne Talamantes

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Yvonne Talamantes

Yvonne Talamantes is a Research Scientist with the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. She began working for the UNM CCC in 2015 as a graduate assistant and has assisted with motivational interviewing and patient recruitment and data collection, in both English and Spanish. As part of her role in BMPS, she also serves as a research technician for the Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory. She processes blood samples from individuals from a high risk Hepatitis C population. Yvonne is responsible for the preparation of all protocol-approved materials, which are reviewed on a monthly basis for quality site control. Prior to her work in research, she worked from 2011-2015 in direct patient care at a primary care clinic in Las Cruces, NM. Yvonne completed her BS in Biology at New Mexico State University.