Sonoran UCEDD Faculty, Julie Armin

DDNN Summer 2018


Each DD Network Newsletter will highlight a staff member from one of the partnering agencies to recognize their hard work and dedication in exemplifying the mission of the Network to work collectively and collaboratively to foster the independence, advocacy and community integration of individuals with developmental disabilities. This edition spotlights a faculty member of the Sonoran UCEDD at the University of Arizona.


Julie ArminJulie Armin, PhD

Julie is a Medical Anthropologist, an Assistant Professor in Family & Community Medicine, and a faculty member with the Sonoran UCEDD. Julie’s goal as a researcher is to improve healthcare and reduce health disparities for at-risk and underserved populations, including people with disabilities. Her expertise lies in cancer prevention and treatment for uninsured, low-income, and racially/ethnically diverse populations, and she has a particular interest in how health policies affect people’s lived experience. A qualitative researcher, Julie has a strong foundation in mixed-methods and team-based research.


Julie began working with the UCEDD in 2015, shortly after she completed her PhD at the University of Arizona. She has engaged with UCEDD faculty, staff, and trainees on a number of research and evaluation projects focused on youth transition, job training and person-centered planning, in which she has produced scholarly work, but also gained knowledge about the complex policy environment and diversity of issues faced by IDD communities.


Julie comments, “I appreciate the mentorship of UCEDD staff who have been working in this field for years and who have generously shared their deep understanding of the research, policies, and practices that affect people with IDD. Through my previous research, I long understood that cancer may cause impairments that produce disability; however, I have a new understanding of the diversity of experiences for people with disabilities and the relationships between different types of disabilities.”


Working with UCEDD colleagues on cultural and linguistic competence and diversity initiatives, Julie brings an intersectional approach to understanding identity. She is leading the UCEDD’s new Diversity Fellows program, with the aim of creating a sustainable framework for continuing the fellowship. Moreover, she has a growing research program focused on cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship for people with IDD, including a project (with Dr. Heather Williamson at Northern Arizona University) to partner with American Indian communities to adapt an existing cancer screening education program for women with IDD.