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Jan Beals, PhD 

Research Professor 


Jan Beals is a social psychologist (University of Michigan, 1985) who has worked at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) since 1989.  Co-Director of Research for the CAIANH, she managed several of the larger research projects including the Flower of Two Soils Reinterview, the American Indian Vietnam Veterans Project (AIVVP), and the American Indian Service Utilization, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Risk and Protective Factors Projects (AI-SUPERPFP).  Additionally, she has served as a methodologist and investigator with the Voices of Indian Teens; Pathways to Choice; Healthy Ways; and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. 

With over 80 publications, she has written extensively about topics including: methodological issues, measure development, epidemiological descriptions of American Indian mental health/substance use, and descriptions of service use patterns in American Indian communities.  Her time is currently dedicated to manuscript preparation, grant-writing, and methodological consulting with CAIANH  and CSPH staff and affiliates. 

A special focus of her energies currently entails the mentoring of junior faculty.  This has largely focused on those whose interests lie in bettering American Indian and Alaska Native health, broadly defined.  Additionally, she provides guidance on a variety of methodological topics.  

Research Interests:
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Health: Mental Health, Epidemiology, Sociobehavioral Concomitants of Health
  • Courses Taught:
  • Research Methods and Structural Equation Modeling 
  • Current Research Projects:
  • Addressing Diabetes/CVD Health Disparities amoung American Indians: A Transdisciplinary Approach (Principal Investigator)
  • Multilevel Analysis of American Indian Mental Health, Illness, and Service Use (9/2007 - 8/2010, Co-Investigator).
  • Education:
  • Colorado State University, BS, Psychology, 1977
  • University of Michigan, MA, Social Psychology, 1979
  • University of Michigan, PhD, Social Psychology, 1985
  • Arizona State University, Postdoctoral, Preventive Intervention Research, 1986
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