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Spero M. Manson, Ph.D
Spero M. Manson, Ph.D
University of Colorado Denver
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Research Interests: mental health

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D. (Pembina Chippewa) is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, and serves as Associate Dean of Research in the CO School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center. His programs include 10 national centers, totaling $63 million in sponsored research, program development, training, and collaboration with 250 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings across the country. Dr. Manson has published 200 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, as well as mental health problems over the developmental life span of Native people. His numerous awards include the APHA’s prestigious Rema Lapouse Mental Health Epidemiology Award (1998), 3 special recognition awards from the Indian Health Service (1996, 2004, 2011), election to the Institute of Medicine (2002); 2 Distinguished Mentor Awards from the Gerontological Society of America (2006; 2007), the AAMCs’ Nickens Award (2006); the George Foster Award for Excellence from the Society for Medical Anthropology (2006), and NIH’s Health Disparities Award for Excellence (2008). Dr. Manson is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading authorities in regard to Indian and Native health.


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