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Karina Walters

An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Karina Walters, PhD, founded and directs the university-wide, interdisciplinary Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington. A recent recipient of a Fulbright Award, Walters' research focuses on historical, social, and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among American Indians and Alaska Natives. She serves as principal investigator on several groundbreaking studies associated with health-risk outcomes among American Indian individuals, families, and communities funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Recent and Pending Publications

Walters KL , Mohammed SA, Evans-Campbell T, Beltran R, Chae D and Duran B. (2011). "Bodies don't just tell stories, they tell histories: Embodiment of Historical Trauma among American Indians and Alaska Natives." DuBois Review , 8(1): 179-189.

"Historical trauma among two spirit American Indians and Alaska Natives" . In preparation.

Research Interests

Global indigenous health and health policy; American Indian and Alaska Native health, HIV prevention, mental health, and substance abuse; culturally relevant psychometric measurement and sampling methodology development; traumatic stress, historical trauma, discrimination stress and psychological wellness; social work multicultural and cross-cultural practice competencies

University of Washington School of Social Work
University of Washington

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Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey