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…

E. Roberto Orellana, PhD

E. Roberto Orellana joined the University of Washington School of Social Work as a professor in 2021. Before joining the School faculty, he was professor and associate dean for research and sponsored projects in the School of Social Work at Portland State University (PSU) where he also served as an affiliate faculty in Public Health…

August 10, 2017

Danica Brown, PhD, MSW (Choctaw)

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…

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….