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ahedo.jpgAhedo, Angelina, MPH

Umpqua - Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde 
​Evaluator, Native American Health Center
angelinaa@nativehealth.org

Projects
Parenting and Early Childhood Tribal Home Visiting Research on attachment, parental responsiveness, cultural connection, and historical traumas impact on parenting in tribal communities.
Research Interests
Traditional childbirth, doula support, and all other MCH topics in Indigenous community.

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Allen, Jim, PhD

Department of Biobehavioral Health & Population Sciences, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus
​jallen@unm.edu

Andrade, Naleen, MD

Indigenous Hawaiian/Kanaka Maoli
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Minoa

Around Him, Deana, ScM

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
dwagner@jhsph.edu

Asdigian, Nancy PhD

Colorado School of Public Health
nancy.asdigian@ucdenver.edu​

​Ball, Alison, PhD

University of Oregon

Bang, Megan, PhD

University of Washington
mbang3@uw.edu

Barlow, Allison, MA

Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins

Barnes, Jessica, PhD

University Outreach and Engagement - University-Community Partnerships, Michigan State University

barnes33@msu.edu


Belcourt-Dittloff, Annie, PhD

Blackfeet/Mandan/Hidatsa/Chippewa

BigFoot, Dolores Subia, PhD

Caddo Nation of Oklahoma Director, Indian Country Child Trauma Center, University of Oklahoma Health and Science Center

dee-bigfoot@ouhsc.edu


 

Bjork, Cynthia, MLS Ed

Mid-continent Research for Education & Learning Denver, CO
cbjork@mcrel.org
Projects
Scaffolding Early Learning, Dynamic Coaching in Tribal Head Starts in the Chippewa Cree Nation, Rocky Boy, MT and Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation, New Town ND. Integrated curriculum project James Bay Cree School Board, Quebec, CA.   
Research Interests
Serving Native education contexts with interity: American Indian/Alaska Native/ Native Hawaiian/First Nations Education, Indigenous Knowledge, language immersion/multilingual programs, supportive environments, curricula, pedagogy, socioemotional dimensions, etc.

 

Blue Bird Jernigan, Valarie DrPh, MPH

Choctaw​
College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion, University of Oklahoma Tulsa
Valarie-Jernigan@ouhsc.edu​
Projects
Several community-based participatory research intervention projects with Native American communities, including Native youth, that incorporate video voice to create healthier food policies in tribal communities.
Research Interests
Health policy, food and physical activity environments, film and digital media participatory research methodologies.

Bodrova, Elena  


​Booth-LaForce, Cathyrn, PhD

University of Washington
 
Projects
Childhood obesity needs assessment--Quinault Indian Nation Promoting First Relationships early preventive intervention program for mothers and young children--Spokane & Nez Perce Tribes (pending)
Research Interests
Strengths-based early preventive intervention programs to promote positive caregiver-child relationships, secure attachment, and optimal social-emotional development--Promoting First Relationships program​

boyes20Copy.jpgBoyes, Mike, PhD

Psychology Department, University of Calgary
boyes@ucalgary.ca
Projects
Assisting urban aboriginal agencies in articulating issues of cultural safety. Evaluation of a Medicine Horse Therapy program.
Research Interests
Factors influencing personal and cultural aspects of identity.

Brown, Leslie, PhD
Professor, University of Victoria
lbrown@uvic.ca
 
Projects
Siem Smun'eem: Research and Training Network for Indigenous Child Well-being www.uvic.ca/icwr 

Buckshot-Jock, Barbara
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
ECDP Director, Early Childhood Development Program

Projects
Head Start and Child care expansion

Byers, Lisa, PhD, MSW

Cherokee​
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Social Work
lbyers@ou.edu
Projects
American Indian Grand Families is a study that is designed to build knowledge of the strengths and struggles facing urban American Indian grandparents that are raising their grandchildren.

Carter, Susan


Cwik Work Pic3.jpgCwik, Mary, PhD (licensed psychologist)

Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
 
Projects
Mary has worked on three youth suicide prevention initiatives using community-based participatory research with the White Mountain Apache Tribe. 1) The first assessed risk and protective factors, treatment experiences and preferences among youth who have attempted suicide. 2) The second is an initiative to provide the community with a constellation of youth suicide prevention strategies using a public health model (e.g., universal, indicated, selected). 3) The third evaluates the impact of two evidence-based interventions adapted by the Tribe for delivery by community paraprofessionals to youth who made a suicide attempt. She also manages a NARCH V/VI research study exploring binge drinking among Apache youth and serves as the evaluator for the Maryland SAMHSA GLS grant.
 
Research Interests
Developing emergency department interventions for suicidal youth; adapting and individualizing prevention and intervention efforts for suicidal youth based on cultural and co-morbid issues; and improving service delivery and utilization for youth at risk for suicide.
 

Cavalieri, Consuelo PhD
Kootenai
University of St. Thomas
ccavalieri@ssthomas.edu​

​Drake, David

Dym Bartlett, Jessica, MSW, PhD
Brazelton Touchpoints Center

 
Projects
Evaluation of Project LAUNCH, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Evaluation of Tribal MIECHV, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Research Interests
Research and evaluation on promoting well being for children and families in Native Communities

Emde.jpgEmde, Robert, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, University of Colorado Denver, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health

evanscampbell.jpgEvans-Campbell, Tessa, PhD

Snohomish
University of Washington School of Social Work
Projects
Principal Investigator, Caring for our Generations NIDA (1R01DA029000-01)
Research Interests
Indigenous family wellness and Indian child welfare
 

 
Faircloth, Susan, PhD
Coharie
College of Education, Pennsylvania State University Co-Director, "Principals for Student Success"
scf2@psu.edu
Research Interests
Leadership Preparation, Indian Education, Special Education (overrepresentation of  American Indian/Alaska Native children), Tribally Operated Head Start Programs and Services

 

Farrell, Patricia, PhD

Taos Pueblo
University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University

Fehringer, Karen, PhD

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), University of Colorado Denver (UCD)

hef-hi-res.jpgFitzgerald, Hiram, PhD                          

Associate Provost and University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
fitzger9@msu.edu
Research Interests
I have five broad areas of scholarship that involve collaborations with many faculty, graduate students, and community colleagues, both within MSU and nationally. Each of these interests is anchored in developmental systems theory and biopsychosocial approaches to the organization of behavior. These are: 1) the etiology of alcoholism and co-occurring forms of psychopathology, a collaborative prospective longitudinal study with the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center, now in its 26th year. 2) the effectiveness of community prevention programs for enhancing developmental outcomes during the first six years of life 3) the role of fathers in early child development, 4) human uses of information technology, 5) the effectiveness of university-community partnerships for elaborating and sustaining social and economic community change. 
 

Fleming, Candace, PhD

Kickapoo/Oneida/Cherokee
Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), University of Colorado Denver (UCD)

Fryberg, Stephanie, PhD 

Tulalip
Department of Psychology, University of Arizona
fryberg@u.arizona.edu

Galliher, Renee, PhD              

Department of Psychology, Utah State University
Research Interests
Renee Galliher has been a faculty member of the combined doctoral program in clinical, counseling, and school psychology at Utah State University since 2001. Her research is broadly aimed at understanding psychosocial development during adolescence. Within that broad context, her research has predominantly focused on individual characteristics and relationship processes associated with optimal development and functioning in adolescent relationships. Her current and future research emphasizes the integration of sexual identity development, ethnic identity development, and relationship experiences in sexual minority and ethnic minority adolescents. Understanding the roles of culture and context in the developmental process serves as the foundation for much of her work. In particular, examining rural communities as an important developmental context is a principal area of interest.

Gfellner, Barbara, PhD

Department of Psychology, Brandon University

Gonzalez, John, PhD

White Earth Ojibwe Nation
Bemidji State University

 


MGonzalez.jpgGonzalez, Miigis, MPh, PhD(c)

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
University of Minnesota, Duluth & Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Institute 
 
Projects

Food as Medicine: exploring community members' views, values, benefits, and barriers to traditional foods and traditional food practices, a photovoice project; Perceptions of pharmacists: comparing pharmacy doctorate students and American Indian community's perceptions of the role of pharmacists to inform pharmacist understanding of patient population; Increasing knowledge, beliefs, and intentions towards careers in public health in American Indian students: An education-based intervention

Research Interests

Food as Medicine, food-based interventions, food as a cultural component, traditional food practices, physical activity interventions, culture-based interventions. Decreasing problems in mental health, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

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Goodkind, Jessica, PhD

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Prevention & Population Sciences, University of New Mexico

Grayson, Liane, PhD

Children and Family Services, MN Department of Human Services
 
Projects
Child welfare disparities, home-visiting 
Research Interests
Parent-child interaction, communication development, infant mental health, early intervention 

miniVH.JPGHiratsuka, Vanessa, MPH
Navajo and Winnemem Wintu
Southcentral Foundation
 
Research Interests
Early childhood oral health; screening, chronic disease detection and treatment within the patient-centered medical home; and community based participatory research practices and policy development within Alaska Native and American Indian tribal communities

Hishinuma, Earl, PhD

Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Projects
Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Violence Prevention Center 

Kaufman, Carol, PhD

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), University of Colorado Denver (UCD)
 

Kavanagh, Kate, PhD

Child and Family Center, University of Oregon

Kessel, Frank, PhD

University of New Mexico

Kipp, Billie Jo, PhD

Blackfeet Center for Native American Health, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico

Kulis, Stephen, PhD
Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, Arizona State University 
 
Projects
“Urban American Indian Youth Substance Use: Ecodevelopmental Influences” (NIMHD P20MD002316), a secondary data analysis of parent-child relationships as mediators and moderators of peer, school and neighborhood effects on urban Native adolescents use of substances. Parenting in 2 Worlds: “Using CBPR to Adapt a Culturally-grounded Prevention Curriculum for Urban American Indian Parents” (NIMHD R01MD006110), a cultural program adaptation targeting urban Native families to prevent adolescent substance use and risky sexual behavior. Living in 2 Worlds: “Culturally-Specific Substance Abuse Prevention for Urban American Indian Youth” (NIMHD P20MD002316), a cultural program adaptation of the keepin' it REAL model program for middle schools. 
Research Interests
Cultural processes in health disparities, such as the role of gender and ethnic identity in youth drug use and prevention interventions; cultural adaptation of prevention programs for urban American Indian youth and their parents; contextual neighborhood and school level influences on youth substance use.gender and racial inequities in professional careers, and the organizational sources of ethnic and gender discrimination. He is currently leading two parallel NIMHD-funded studies with the urban American Indian communities of Arizona. Each is a cultural adaptation of existing prevention programs--one for adolescents and another for parents--to create culturally responsive interventions that strengthen the capacities of native families in urban areas to protect their children from substance use and other risky behaviors.

KyungSook, Lee, PhD

UOE, Michigan State University
leekyun3@msu.edu​

LaFromboise, Teresa, PhD
Miami, School of Education, Stanford University
 
Projects
Evaluation of the middle school version of the American Indian Life Skills intervention. 
 
Research Interests
I apply and advance social cognitive, problem behavior and stress-vulnerability theories through the conduct of research in the following areas: (1) cultural competence and empirically supported interventions; (2) resilience and suicide prevention; and (3) ethnic identity and psychological well-being. All of these areas of inquiry emphasize social transactions and protocol more than personal dispositions. 
 

Le_picture Zen Garden2.jpgLe, Thao, PhD, MPH
University of Hawaii at Manoa
thaole3@hawaii.edu 
Projects
Mindfulness-based interventions for Native American & Native Hawaiian youth

Research Interests
Mindfulness-based interventions & cultural adaptations

Carol.jpgMarkstrom, Carol, PhD                          

College of Human Resources and Education, West Virginia University
Projects
Currently I'm writing a couple of different book chapters on the topic of adolescent rites of passage and would like to write another, more comprehensive book on this topic. I’m also working on the resubmission of a grant proposal to examine Native-based spirituality and religiosity as protective mechanisms in alcohol use of American Indian adolescents.
Research Interests
American Indian adolescents; identity formation within social and cultural contexts; indigenous stage theories; rites of passage; the roles of rituals as mechanisms of positive youth development. 

​McCarthy, Kayne Undergraduate Researcher
Puni Ke Ola Pilot Project
Honolulu, HI

Projects
The purpose of the Puni Ke Ola Pilot Project is to develop a Native Hawaiian Model of Substance Use Prevention for Native Hawaiian youth. Although western drug prevention programs have been shown to be successful within communities and are commonly used throughout the United States and internationally, Hawai`i researchers and community leaders believe that a more culturally relevant curriculum for drug prevention must be developed for Native Hawaiian youth. This belief is derived from various Hawai`i-based studies which show that Native Hawaiian youth begin to use drugs earlier, report more frequent offers, and report higher use rates, as compared to non-Native Hawaiian youth (Lai & Saka, 2005; Okamoto, Helm, Giroux, Edwards, & Kulis, 2010; Ramisetty-Mikler, Caetano, Goebert, & Nishimura, 2004; Wong, Klingle, & Price, 2004). As noted by the project’s leaders, Puni Ke Ola was initiated from a desire to use a youth drug prevention program that is grounded in Hawaiian epistemology (Helm, Lee, Hanakahi, et al, 2013). However, the team was unable to identify a nationally recognized evidence-based practice in drug prevention that had been grounded in Hawaiian epistemology (Edwards et al, 2010; Rehuher et al 2008). As a result, community residents teamed with university researchers in an effort to develop their own intervention model .
Research Interests
Kayne McCarthy is a 2009 graduate of Punahou School and is currently an Undergraduate Senior majoring in English B.A. and Biological Science B.A. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Upon completion of his bachelor degrees, he intends to pursue a Master’s of Public Health degree at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. His desire to pursue further education in the discipline of Public Health has developed through his educational and occupational research opportunities. Currently, Kayne is employed by the Department of Public Health Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa as a Student Assistant and is also a Volunteer Intern at Hawaii’s Department of Health (DOH). In doing so, Kayne has established personal connections to the public health field by assisting many of Hawaii’s public health professionals with various projects, such as: worksite wellness initiatives, Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System fact sheet development for Public High Schools, and social media networking for Hawaii DOH’s Start Living Hawaii Healthy Program. As a Volunteer Undergraduate Researcher for the Puni Ke Ola Project, Kayne has furthered his knowledge concerning community health through the study of rural health and Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health (McCarthy, 2013). Working as a community participatory researcher in a rural Native Hawaiian community has been a truly rewarding experience, as he has been able to address and support the prevention of substance abuse. Through his work, he hopes that the development of the Puni Ke Ola Intervention will reflect the social-ecological model, which promotes societal change by addressing substance abuse prevention on individual, family, and community levels.

kimberly.jpgMiller, Kimberly, PhD                        

Cherokee
Colorado State University
Kimberly.Miller@colostate.edu
Projects
Drug use among young Indians: Epidemiology and Prediction. Health Care Literacy for Head Start Families. PROJECT HOME: Healthcare Options Made Easy 
Research Interests
Strength based psychology and resiliency, culturally sensitive measurement development, positive youth development, psychological well-being, and the epidemiology and treatment of substance use and eating disorders in ethnic minorities.  

Mitchell, Christina, PhD

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), University of Colorado Denver (UCD)
 
Research Interests
Adolescent development, problem and positive behaviors among American Indian youth, longitudinal data analysis 
 

Montano, Muskadee, MSW
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe
University of Minnesota Duluth

Mousseau, Alicia, MS
Oglala Lakota
University of Colorado Denver
 
Projects
Examining a number of social-cognitive concept including 1) Value Priorities 2) Self-Theories of Intelligence 3) Goals and 4) Self-Efficacy to Depressive Symptoms in American Indian Youth. 
 
Research Interests
American Indian Youth Risk and Resiliency 

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Neha, Tia PhD Candidate

Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Whānau A Apanui, Ngāti Porou 
University of Otago
tiagirl@gmail.com
 
Projects
PhD Research: The role of Autobiographical Memory on New Zealand Maori Children's School Readiness. International Research: a Cross-Cultural Study on the Emotional Aspects of Te Reo Māori, with other Indigenous languages
 
Research Interests
Indigenous Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Māori Language Revival, Māori Education, Māori Mental Health and Mixed Methods Design

Newman, Denise, PhD

Ojibwe/Metis
Tulane University

Nixon, Dawn, PsyD

Red Cliff Project LAUNCH (Wisconsin)

Novins, Douglas, MD

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), University of Colorado Denver (UCD)

Pence, Alan, PhD

School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria

Price, Derek, PhD

Wheaton College)

Redbird-Post, Melody

Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Child Care Director, Kiowa Tribe Child Care Program
 
 
Projects
Qualitative study on impact of Kiowa language and Kiowa culture immersion in a tribally-operated, state-licensed child care facility.
  
Research Interests
Early childhood social-emotional development especially in tribal Head Start and tribal child care programs; Mentor teaching best practices with emphasis on culture and language integration; Home visiting effectiveness for Native populations; Tribal child care administrative data analysis; Effective implementation of tribal language and culture in high quality early childhood settings.
 

Romero-Little, Eunice, PhD

Cochiti Pueblo
Associate Professor, School of Transformation/American Indian Studies,Arizona State University
 
Projects
Becoming Jemez: The Early Childhood Experiences of Jemez Children Photovoice Project Project Mashchamtam Project - A Native American Early Childhood Education Teacher Training Project.
 
Research Interests
Child language socialization, early childhood of Indigenous children, Indigenous language maintenance and revitalisation, language acquisition, alternative educational assessment, bi- and multi-lingual education.

Rosenkoetter, Sharon, PhD
Oregon State University

Sam, Michele, MSW, HBSW, BA-Indigenous Learning and English
Ktunaxa​
Researcher (part time) PhD - Interdisciplinary Studies, Human Early Learning Partnership-University of British Columbia 
michele.sam@ubc.ca​
Projects
Utilizing Early Development Instrument data collected over 10 years, and contextualizing specific to Ktunaxa Nation traditional land use territories. Indigenous Methodologies for restoration of peoplehood in the early years Conceptualizing Aboriginal SocioEconomic Index. 
Research Interests
Indigenous Methodologies and influence of Indigenous cosmologies and ontologies as context for mixed methods, cross cultural research restoration of Indigenous Peoples knowledge relationships Appreciating Indigenous peoples experiences of early years that challenge "early childhood Development frameworks" 2nd and 3rd generation experiences of FASD as neurobiological complex disorders and misdiagnoses Indigenous sovereignty and cognitive justice for life long learning, health and wellbeing.
 


Michelle Sarche, PhD

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), University of Colorado Denver (UCD)

Scott, Walter

wscott@uwyo.edu

Shaw, Jennifer, PhD Candidate

Projects
Role of subsistence culture in perceived well-being and aspirations of Alaska Native youth (dissertation); community-level protective factors for suicide prevention in three Alaska Native communities. 
Research Interests
Social and cultural dimensions of youth health and well-being; positive youth development; youth suicide prevention; participatory research; childhood studies  

Siemon, Mark, RN, MPH, MSN, PhDc

University of New Mexico College of Nursing
msiemon@salud.unm.edu​ 
Projects
Board member with New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care working to increase comprehensive school-based health programs in Native American communities in New Mexico. 
Research Interests
Policies and programs related to school health services for AI/AN children and youth. Primary prevention of childhood obesity among AI/AN children.​ 
 

​Silburn, Sven, BSc (Psychology), BSc (Hons), MSc (Clinical Psychology)

Director, Centre for Child Developtment and Education; Darwin, Australia
sven.silburn@menzies.edu.au​
Projects
Early developmental pathways linking health, disability, education, welfare and justice, 2010-2015; NHMRC 572742 Development and evaluation of a program for Aboriginal parents to build strong families and give children a healthy start, 2005-2011: NHMRC 323242 Transforming Indigenous Education Research and Evaluation Partnership (Menzies & NT DET) 
 
Research Interests
My current research is focused on developing evidence-based policy and practice in child and youth health, family and parenting interventions, education and child protection services in the Northern Territory. My background is in the implementation, analysis and reporting of a number of large-scale epidemiological studies including the WA Child health Survey, the WA Aboriginal Child Health Survey and the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC). 
 

Soto, Claradina, MPH

University of Southern California
toya@usc.edu​
Projects
Examining psychosocial cultural risk and protective factors to smoking among American Indian youth in urban and rural areas of California.  
Research Interests
Designing culturally appropriate and effective interventions for the prevention of recreational smoking among American Indian populations, while preserving traditional tobacco use for ceremonial purposes 

paul.jpgSpicer, Paul, PhD
Center for American Indian Lifecourse Studies; University of Oklahoma
paul.spicer@ou.edu
Projects
Multiple projects in intervention development in infancy and preschool 
Research Interests
Early childhood development and intervention; Addiction and obesity

Spillane, Nichea, Clinical Psychology, PhD

Maliseet
Brown University
 

Stephens, Lancer, PhD, MS, BS, AA

Assistant Professor of Research
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
lancer-stephens@ouhsc.edu
Wichita
 
Projects 
 
Determinism and its effect on Health literacy in regards to diabetes and renal disease in urban and reservation-based American Indians. Pre-Eclampsia biomarkers in Native Women with Dysglycemia Tobacco Sessation in Native communities. 
Research Interests 
 
Primarily my focus is on future disease prevention through increasing health literacy in Native Youth.

dstolle.jpg Stolle, Darrell, EdD           
University of Montana College of Education & Human Sciences
darrell.stolle@umontana.edu
Projects
-AGILE: Assessment Guided Instruction in Learning Environments -Trauma, Native Children and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
 
Research Interests
Interventions for Child Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Grief in Native American communities Schools as a therapeutic context
 

LT12081.jpgThomas, Lisa, PhD

Tlingit
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington 
Projects
PI, Native Pathways to Sobriety, NIDA (1R01DA029002-01); PI, Native Healing and Wellness Conference NCMHD (2R13MD002247-02); Co-I, Healing of the Canoe NCMHD (5R24MD001764-05) 
Research Interests
Health Research with Native and Tribal Communities using Community Based and Tribally Based Participatory Research approaches

 

Thompson, Nicole, PhD

Menomonee/Mohican
College of Education, Mississippi State University
nt65@colled.msstate.edu 
Research Interests
American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Education; American Indian and Alaska Native Teacher Preparation; Professional Development for Teachers of American Indian and Alaska Native Young Children; Middle Level Education; Middle Level Teacher Preparation; Middle Level Preservice Teachers and their Understandings of Diverse Issues; and for both American Indian and Alaska Native Students and Middle Level Students--The Formation of Relationships with their Teachers. 
 

Treharne, Gareth, PhD

Welsh
Department of Psychology, University of Otago
gtreharne@psy.otago.ac.nz
 
Projects
I am currently co-supervising a Master's student's research into the views on hauora (health and well-being) held by children who identify as Māori (native people of Aotearoa/New Zealand). The project involves photo-elicitation interviews.
 
Research Interests
My research interests are in health psychology, health inequalities relating to sexual orientation and ethnicity, the role of causal attributions for health and illness, qualitative research, and researcher reflexivity (awareness of our roles in research).

tsethlikai2.jpgTsethlikai, Monica, PhD  

Zuni Pueblo
Department of Psychology, University of Utah
Projects
Cognitive mechanisms of self-regulation and memory in children.
Research Interests
Constructive memory processes and social cognition; individual differences; cultural aspects of cognitive development.

Twemlow, Stuart, MD

Maori
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

 Vraniak, Damian, PhD

Ojibwe/Cree/Assiniboin/Hochunk/Huron
maaingan@centurytel.net
Projects
123Mystery for Teachers; Upper St. Croix River Watershed Environmental (USWE) Charter School Initiative 
Research Interests
Currently I am working with teachers in the local public and tribal schools at the primary and elementary school levels, in terms of "dualizing" classroom teaching methods, using my 123Mystery process and materials. The relevant core constructs in this approach I have termed 'paired-learning', 'paired-cognition', 'dyadic intelligence' and 'entangled cognition', all embedded in a "pairing-into-partnering" process of forming highly efficient small learning groups within classrooms by pairing students and shifting who is paired with whom over time. We have field-tested training materials for teachers and materials for students over the past several years at increasingly earlier grade levels.

Walkup, John, MD                              

Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins

Walls, Melissa, PhD, MA

Couchiching First Nation, Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth
alls@d.umn.edu
Research Interests
Indigenous Health, Mental Health & Translational Community-Based Participatory Research 

Watson, Malcolm, PhD

Phychology Department, Brandeis University

Eve-of-Eve-07-00000.jpgWest, Amy, PhD

Southern Cheyenne
University of Illinois at Chicago
awest@psych.uic.edu
Projects
1. Psychosocial Treatment for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, funded by a K23 from NIMH: a randomized clinical trial of a family-based psychosocial intervention for children with bipolar disorder. 2. American Indian Center of Chicago Circles of Care, funded by SAMHSA: an infrastructure development grant to support the development of a community-based, culturally-relevant model system of mental health service delivery for Native youth and families in Chicago 
Research Interests
The prevention and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in children, culturally-based intervention development, suicide prevention.

Wexler, Lisa, PhD

University of Massachusetts Amherst
lwexler@schoolph.umass.edu
Projects
NSF: Collaborative Research: Investigating Indigenous Circumpolar Pathways into Adulthood Suicide Prevention with Alaska Native Communities in Northwest Alaska
 
Research Interests
Cultural identity and wellbeing/resilience Qualitative research-Community Based Participatory Suicide Prevention in Tribal Communities 

Whitbeck, Leslie                  


untitled.pngWhitesell, Nancy Rumbaugh, PhD

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), University of Colorado Denver (UCD)
nancy.whitesell@ucdenver.edu
Research Interests
Early adolescent substance use prevention, early childhood prevention in the context of tribal home visiting and Head Start/Early Head Start programs, culture and development (especially identity development), effects of stress and trauma on development
 

Whitmore, Corrie, PhD
Health Program Analyst, Southcentral Foundation
cwhitmore@scf.cc​ 

Wimsatt, Maureen, MSW
University of Maryland
wimsattm@umd.edu​ 

Yazzie-Mintz, Tarajean, EdD
Program Officer of the Wakanyeja ECE Initiative
American Indian College Fund
tyazzie-mintz@collegefund.org
 

 
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