Steven P. Verney, PhD (Tsimshian), is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. His conducts research on mental health disparities in collaboration with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. He is interested in the role of culture in cognition and assessment. including quality of education, language, bilingualism, and processes of acculturation and cultural adaptation. For Native-CHART, Dr. Verney co-leads the Southwest Satellite Center with Dr. Tassy Parker. In this role he collaborates with local American Indian communities on conducting needs assessments relevant to hypertension and disseminating information on hypertension interventions for community members.