Don Deerie Dumayas is a Graduate Assistant at the Center for Health Equity (CHE). He works with the CHE to expand their research on the interactions between mental health and disability. He has many years of training and research experience in the social services and public health fields. Don is a Ph.D. student in Health Behavior at the Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington. He taught multiple undergraduate courses at Indiana University, including Consumer Health and Men’s Health. He has conducted research on topics like comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder and marijuana use during pregnancy. Before coming to Indiana University and the CHE, Don was a Field Manager and Case Manager at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx (NY). He worked with families in child protective services struggling with mental disorders and/or substance abuse. He referred them to health services, assessed compliance, and provided counseling. This was his first experience working with individuals with different types of disabilities. Working in the Bronx motivated him to work in public health and reduce health disparities. He is interested in studying issues like mental health and disorders, substance abuse, access to care, social and behavioral determinants of health, violence prevention, and global health.