Steve Verney

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Title with Advance at UNM:

Social Science Research team member and additional faculty member

Your background in academia:

Steven P. Verney, Ph.D., is an Alaska Native (Tsimshian) Associate Professor in the department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He strives to increase diversity awareness and training and has developed the department’s Diversity Organization (DO!), a student organization to increase diversity awareness and training within the department, and co-developed the Cultural Counseling Center, which provides clinical supervision, consulting services, and continued cultural training to clinical students working with diverse populations. His research has evolved into a mental health disparities focus, and he works collaboratively with American Indian and Alaska Native populations on research projects.

Why were you attracted to the project?

Culture is infused in all of our beings influencing how we think, feel, and behave. Advance at UNM strives for social justice, promoting our strength through our collection of cultures.

What’s that one cool thing about you?

An appreciation for jazz and java, blues and beer, world percussion and totem poles.