Faculty, Staff & Students


Danica Brown, PhD, MSW (Choctaw)

Behavioral Health Manager, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Pilot Project, Every Day is Ceremony: Accessing Traditional Indigenous Knowledge to Heal Trauma and Improve Health and Wellbeing in Tribal Communities

Primary mentor, Melissa Walls, PhD, Associate Professor, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Danica Love Brown, MSW, CACIII, PhD, is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Dr. Brown is the Behavioral Health Director at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and has worked as a mental health and substance use counselor, social worker, and youth advocate for over 20 years.

Danica Brown earned a PhD in social work from Portland State University. She completed an undergraduate degree in human services and addiction studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver and a master’s degree in social work at Colorado State University.