Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • Avila, M., Beatson, J. & Kamon, J. (2015) Addressing Health Disparities through Cultural and Linguistic Competency Training, Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal
  • Avila, M. & Kamon, J. (2015). “Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Medical and Mental Health Education”. In J. Aiken, L. Johnson Flash, W. Heading-Grant, F. Miller (Eds.), Theory to Practice: Fostering Diverse and Inclusive Campus Environments (25-33). Ypsilanti, MI: National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Publishers

Awards and Recognition

  • Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2015)
  • Nominated for the 2014 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) National Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity (2014)
  • Edith D. Hendley Award, Women’s Center, University of Vermont (2014)
  • Nominated for the 2013 Edith D. Hendley Award, Women’s Center, University of Vermont (2013)
  • University of Vermont, Graduate Student Senate (GSS)/College of Education and Social Services (CESS) Mini-Grants (2011-2013)
  • Leadership Academy to Address Disparities in Mental Health Care, Center for Mental Health Services & Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (2011)

Associations and Affiliations

  • Member, State Plan Steering Committee for Vermont’s State Implementation Grant for Enhancing the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs through Systems Integration (2015-present)
  • Member, UVM College of Medicine Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (DACDI) (2015-present)
  • Member, Vermont Governor's Workforce Equity and Diversity Council (2015-present)
  • Co-Chair, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) National Multicultural Council (MCC) (2014-present)
  • Member, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Board of Directors (2014-present)
  • Chair, Vermont Department of Health’s SBIRT Health Disparities and Cultural Competence Committee (2014-present)
  • Member, Vermont Governor’s Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs (2013-present)
  • Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence – A Catalyst for Change, Faculty Mentor, Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC), funded under the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) (2014-present)
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency and Culturally Responsive Care, Instructor, Health Careers Opportunity Program, Vermont Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) six-week residential program for 11th graders interested in health careers (2012-present)
  • Diversity Leadership Discussion for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Professionals, Lead Facilitator, mentor health professionals in diversity and leadership education training and culturally responsive care when serving diverse populations (2011-present)
Maria Mercedes Avila, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; University of Vermont
  • CGS, Interdisciplinary Study of Disabilities; University of Vermont
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals; University of Vermont Department of Pediatrics
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership; University of Vermont


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