- American Indian and Alaska Native Health
- Organizational Health Literacy
- Health Literacy and Outcomes
- Behavioral Intervention
- Cognitive Impairment and Disease Self-Management
Current Research Projects:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Developing a Diabetes Numeracy Intervention for American Indians/Alaska Natives (2013-2016, Principal Investigator). This project will result in development and pilot testing of a classroom-based curriculum designed to improve diabetes-related numeracy skills among American Indians and Alaska Natives with diabetes.
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Numeracy Intervention to Improve Diabetes
Self-Management (2011-2016, Principal Investigator of a pilot project supported
by the NIH-funded Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes
Translational Research). The objective of this pilot project is to develop a computerized intervention to
teach Native patients the mathematical skills needed for successful
self-management of diabetes.
for Healthcare Research and Quality: Making Patient Navigation and
Understanding Easier: Developing Quality Improvement Measures (2015-2017, Project Director). This
project will result in identification and preliminary evaluation of quality
measures designed to help health care organizations assess health
literacy-related features of their environments and monitor the impact of
quality improvement efforts aimed at increasing support for patients with
limited health literacy.
Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Center for Native Oral Health
Research (2008-2015, Co-Investigator). This Center conducts research
to develop effective behavioral strategies for reducing the high burden of
dental disease in Native communities, emphasizing reduction of oral health
problems in early childhood.
Smith College, BA, Psychology, 1990
University of Colorado Boulder, MA, Social Psychology, 1995
University of Colorado Boulder, PhD, Social Psychology, 1998
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