Family and Community Medicine

MSC 09 5040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: Administration (505) 272-2165 Phone: Clinic (for patients) (505) 272-1734
Fax: (505) 272-8045

Tassy Parker, RN, PhD

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Associate Professor

MSC07 4246

Albuquerque, NM 87131

Director: Inst Indigenous Knowledge & Dev, Assistant Dean: Office of Academic Affairs, Senior Fellow: RWJF Cntr for Health Policy


Parker is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation and is a tenured associate professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and associate professor of nursing at the UNM Health Sciences Center College of Nursing. She received her doctoral degree in health sociology from UNM in 2001 and nursing degree in 1993. She directs the UNM HSC’s Center for Native American Health, and is UNM HSC’s Associate Vice Chancellor for American Indian Health Research and Education.

Parker is a founding member of the national Native Research Network. Her research addresses health equity and disparities and the social determinants of mental and behavioral health experienced by American Indians. Her teaching includes community-based education on topics of interest to tribal communities, and the graduate course “Community Based Participatory Research Institute: Indigenous and Critical Methodologies”. She co-founded the UNM HSC Institute for Indigenous Knowledge and Development and the community-based All Nations Wellness and Healing Center.

Parker’s specialties and certifications include:

  • Indigenous approaches to research and education
  • Indigenous community health assessment
  • Historical trauma and contemporary health in tribal communities
  • NM (1994) and NY (2001) Boards of Nursing
  • Fellowship, Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine®