Rebecca A. Campbell-Montalvo


Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Neag School of Education

Dr. Campbell-Montalvo’s new book, The Latinization of Indigenous Students: Erasing Identity and Restricting Opportunity at School, is out now. Copies may be purchased from the publisher here. Use code LXFANDF30 to receive 30% off.

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UConn Affiliate Dr. Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo is an anthropologist who studies how people are served by institutions such as healthcare systems and schools. She uses theories of access, brokerage, social networks, and cultural models to do basic science as well as support the application of these insights into programming to effect change. Dr. Campbell-Montalvo is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida and jointly a Social Science Analyst at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.

Examples of her research on health include her leading the qualitative investigation on the projects “Developing an evidence-based model to provide patient-centered care to rural Veterans with advanced chronic kidney disease” as well as “ALIGNing the Veterans and VHA Goals for equitable Kidney Failure Care.” She is a core team member on I-HEAL, a CDMRP-funded project to improve how people with Traumatic Brain Injury access care, especially contributing to efforts adapting a dementia staff playbook for dementia to the TBI context and designing an electronic medical record flag to prompt providers to include caregivers. Previously, she supported evaluation on other projects, such as The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) project REACH (Recovery, Engagement, Acceptance, Compassion, Hope), which investigated the effectiveness of interventions on opioid use and mental health.

Campbell-Montalvo’s work in education spans K-doctoral+. Her book, The Latinization of Indigenous Students (Lexington Books, 2023) explores the multi-level intersecting factors affecting how Indigenous Latinx K-12 students are understood and served in the U.S. South. In addition, Campbell-Montalvo is PI or Co-PI on three NSF projects including work using true mixed methods, totaling more than $6,000,000 in funding, and each offering study or application relating to broadening participation in STEM.