Julie Lucero , Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor, Director, Latino Research; Site Director, Community and Engagement Outreach Core, Mountain West CTR-IN
Julie Lucero


Using mixed methods and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Julie Lucero's research is centered on the identification of modifiable social determinants to reduce the impact of health inequities within marginalized populations. Lucero has been involved with CBPR projects in collaboration with American Indian, Hispanic and LGBT communities. These projects examined factors associated with substance abuse, mental health, positive youth development and service utilization. Her current research explores the role of trust in promoting effective processes and outcomes in community-academic partnerships. In previous research, we found trust at the beginning of research partnerships to be significantly associated with participation, power relations, sustainability and overall research outcomes. Furthermore, Trust, Governance and Culture were found to be significant cross cutting themes (pillars) associated with a variety of outcomes throughout the partnering and research process. Building on these finding, she currently collaborates with the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center (2013-2018; U261IHS0082-01-02) to develop a toolkit focused on the three pillars and identify dissemination and implementation factors for toolkit uptake in tribal-academic partnerships. Acknowledging the fragile nature of trust, future research will utilize system dynamics modeling to identify concepts and constructs associated change in trust over partnership lifespans.


Utilizando distintos métodos e investigación participativa basada en la comunidad (CBPR por sus siglas en inglés) Julie Lucero se centra en la identificación de determinantes sociales para reducir el impacto de las inequidades en la salud dentro de los grupos marginados. Lucero, ha participado en proyectos CBPR en colaboración con las comunidades de indios americanos, hispanos y LGBT. Estos proyectos examinaron los factores asociados con el abuso de sustancias, la salud mental, el desarrollo positivo de los jóvenes y la utilización de servicios. Su investigación actual, explora el papel de la confianza en la promoviendo el proceso y resultado efectivo en las asociaciones entre la comunidad y el mundo académico. En investigaciones anteriores, se ha descubierto que la confianza al inicio de asociaciones de investigación se asociaba significativamente con la participación, las relaciones de poder, la perdurabilidad y los resultados generales de la investigación.  Además, se encontró que la confianza, la gobernanza y la cultura eran importantes temas transversales (pilares) asociados con una variedad de resultados a lo largo del proceso de asociación e investigación. Basándose en estos resultados, actualmente colabora con el Congreso Nacional del Centro de Investigación de Políticas de Indios Americanos (2013-2018 U261IHS0082-01-02) para desarrollar un conjunto de herramientas centrado en los tres pilares e identificar factores de difusión e implementación para la aceptación de herramientas en asociaciones académicas-tribales. Reconociendo la naturaleza frágil de la confianza, la investigación futura utilizara el modelo dinámico del sistema para identificar conceptos y construir cambios asociados en la confianza a lo largo de la asociación.

Publications / Investigaciones recientes

In Press

  • Lucero, J.E., Boursaw, B., Eder, M., Greene-Moton**, E., Oetzel, J.G, & Wallerstein, N. (Revise & resubmit). The inner working of trust in community academic partnerships. Engage for Equity: the role of trust and synergy in CBPR. Health Education and Behavior.
  • Wallerstein et al (Revise & resubmit). Engage for Equity: A Long-Term Study of Community Based Participatory Research and Community Engaged Research Practices and Outcomes. Health Education and Behavior.
  • Lucero, J.E., Emerson*, A., Beurle, D**. & Roubideaux, Y**. (under review) Holding space: a discussion guide for tribal-academic partnerships. Progress in Comm. Health Partnerships.


  • Lucero, J.E., Gallego, S*., Hedgepeth, C**., & Sanders, D**. (2019). Structure and characteristics for successful outcomes: a review of Community College internships programs. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.
  • Rodriguez, P, Sanchez-Youngman, S. Muhammad, M., Lucero, J.E. Belone, L., Duran, B., Wallerstein, N. (2019). Power Relations in Community Based Participatory Research: A Qualitative Multi-Project Analysis of Issues of Power in Contexts, Histories and Partnering Practices. Health Education & Behavior Special Theme Issue titled, Collaborating for Equity and Justice.
  • Wallerstein, N., Oetzel, J., Duran, B., Magarati, M., Pearson, C., Davis, J., DeWindt, L., Lucero, J., Ruddock, C., Sutter, E., Villegas, M., Dutta, M. (2019). Cultural-Centeredness in Community Based Participatory Research: Implications for Health Interventions. Health Education Research.
  • Wright, K*., Lucero, J.E., & Crosbie, E. (2019). It's nice to have a little bit of home, even if its just on your place: Perceived barriers for Latinos accessing food pantries. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition.


  • 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. (2018; 2016, first published on-line, DOI: 10.1177/1558689816633309). Development of a Mixed Methods Investigation of Process and Outcomes of Community Based Participatory Research. Journal of Mixed Methods, 12(1) 55-74.
  • Tosa J**, Tafoya, G.B., Sando, S**., Sando, E**., Yepa, K**., Wiley, J., Wallerstein, N., & Lucero, J.E. (2018). RezRIDERS: A Tribally-Driven, Extreme Sport Intervention & Outcomes. J Indigenous Soc Dev, 7(1), 20-41.


  • Villegas, M., Around Him, D., Lucero, J.E., Cline Pytalski, S. (2016). All Our Relations: Assuring Tribal Ethics from Generation to Generation. Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities, 6(1), 50-66


  • Pearson, C., Duran, B., Oetzel, J., Magarati, M., Villegas, M., Lucero, J., & Wallerstein, N. 2015. Research for improved health: Variability and impact of structural characteristics in federally funded community-engaged research projects. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.


  • Belone, L., Lucero, J., Wallerstein, N., Baker, E., Chang, C., Chan, C., Duran, B., Greene-Moton, E., Kelley, M., & Tafoya, G. 2014. Community-Based Participatory Research Conceptual Model: Community Partner Consultation and Face Validity. Qualitative Health Research, DOI: 10.1177/1049732314557084.
  • Oetzel, J., Zhou, C., Duran, B., Pearson, C., Magarati, M., Lucero, J., Wallerstein, N. & Villegas, M. 2014. Establishing the psychometric properties of constructs in a community-based participatory research conceptual model. American Journal of Health Promotion. Advanced online publication.


  • Hicks, S., Duran, B., Wallerstein, N., Avila, M., Belone, L., Lucero, J., Magarati, M., Mainer, E., Martin, D., Muhammad, M., Oetzel, J., Pearson, P., Sahota, P., Simonds, V., Sussman, S., Tafoya, G., & White Hat, E. 2012. Evaluating community-based participatory research to improve community-partnered science and community health. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 6(3), 289-299.
  • Sandoval, J., Lucero, J., Oetzel, J., Avila, M., Belone, L., Mau M., Pearson C., Tafoya G., Duran B., Iglesias Rios L., & Wallerstein N. 2012. Process and outcome constructs for evaluating community based participatory research. Health Education Research, 27(4), 680-690.


  • PhD, Health Communication, University of New Mexico, 2013
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of New Mexico, 2003
  • BS, University of New Mexico, 1999