Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

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August 15, 2017

Katie Schultz, PhD, MSW (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Katie Schultz completed her MSW from the University of Washington in 2002. Prior to starting the PhD program, she served as the Administrative Director at the University’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Katie’s research interests focus on American Indian/Alaska Native health disparities. More specifically, she is interested…


Matthew Town, PhD, MPH (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Matthew Town, PhD, MPH, is a behavioral health scientist whose research focuses on the HIV and substance use prevention and treatment needs of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN), sexual minorities, and AIAN sexual minorities. Dr. Town received his MPH in Global Health from Oregon State University, and his PhD in Sociology from the Portland…


Roberto E. Orellana, PhD

Dr. Roberto Orellana is Associate Professor of Social Work at Portland State University (PSU), where he is also affiliate faculty in the School of Community Health and the Department of Indigenous Nations Studies. Throughout his doctoral program and early scholarly activities, Dr. Orellana has gained experience in global health research, especially on the science of…


August 10, 2017

Danica Brown, PhD, MSW (Choctaw)

Danica Love Brown was a PhD student in social work at 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. Ms. Brown has practice experience working in mental health, substance abuse, and school…


July 10, 2017

Jessica Hope Elm, PhD MSW (Oneida)

As a citizen of the Oneida Nation and a descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, Jessica’s research agenda is driven by the health and policy needs of tribal communities. Toward this end, her manuscripts thus far have centered on substance abuse policy and programming, resilience, child maltreatment, suicidality, and American Indian-specific social stressors….