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Katie A. Schultz

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Katie A. Schultz
Katie Schultz, MSW, PhD, focuses her research on manifestations of violence and health equity among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. She examines violence and associated health outcomes, including substance misuse, among AI/AN women and girls; community and cultural connectedness as protective factors; and culturally-derived interventions. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, she is interested in innovative conceptual and methodological research with tribal communities rooted in Indigenous knowledges and sustainable solutions by and for Native peoples. Some of her recent work includes investigating relationships between intimate partner violence, drug use and other health outcomes among Native women as well as dating and relationships among AI/AN adolescents. She is currently Principal Investigator on a study that seeks to identify modifiable risk (e.g., violence exposure and substance misuse) and protective factors (e.g., cultural practices and beliefs) associated with lowered recidivism among AI/AN women on probation or parole in Alaska (NIDA; 1R21DA050518). She is also a faculty affiliate with the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center for Health Equity Research and Training at the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she is co-leading a collaboration with Uniting Three Fires Against Violence, a statewide tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition, to develop research to address violence and health equity among tribal communities in Michigan.

Dr. Schultz received her MSW and PhD from the University of Washington. Prior to her PhD, she was the Administrative Director at the University’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Center for Mental Health Services at Washington University in St. Louis.

Research Interests: American Indian and Alaska Native health equity; violence, substance misuse, and associated health outcomes; historical trauma; community and cultural connectedness as stress buffers; culturally-derived prevention and interventions; and community-based participatory and mixed methods research.

Research Interests/Focus

American Indian and Alaska Native health equity; violence, substance misuse, and associated health outcomes; historical trauma; community and cultural connectedness as stress buffers; culturally-centered prevention and intervention development; and community-based participatory and mixed methods research.

Education

Year Degree   School
2016 PhD Social Work University of Washington, Seattle
2002 MSW Social Work University of Washington, Seattle
1998 BA Sociology Western Washington University, Bellingham

Storer, H., Schultz, K., & Hamby, S. (in press). The role of gender in adolescent dating abuse: An interpretive meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature. Social Work.

Fernandez, A. R., Evans-Campbell, T., Johnson-Jennings, M., Beltrán, R., Schultz, K., Stroud, S., & Walters, K. L. (2020). "Being on the walk put it somewhere in my body": The meaning of place in health for Indigenous women. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 30(1/2).

Schultz, K., Walls, M., & Grana, S. (2019). Intimate partner violence and health: The roles of social support and communal mastery in five American Indian communities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Hamby, S., Schultz, K., & Elm, J. (2019). Understanding the burden of trauma and victimization among American Indian and Alaska Native elders: Historical trauma as an element of poly-victimization. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.

Schultz, K., Teyra, C., Breiler, G., Evans-Campbell, T., & Pearson, C. (2018). “They gave me life”: Motherhood and recovery in a tribal community. Substance Use and Misuse, 53(12), 1965-1973.

Beltrán, R. E., Schultz, K., Fernandez, A., Walters, K. L., Duran, B., & Evans-Campbell, T. (2018). From ambivalence to revitalization: Negotiating cardiovascular health behaviors related to environmental and historical trauma in a Northwest American Indian community. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 25(2), 103-128.

Schultz, K., Walters, K. L., Beltrán, R., Stroud, S., & Johnson-Jennings, M. (2016). “I’m stronger than I thought”: Native women reconnecting to body, health, and place. Health and Place, 40, 21-28.

Schultz, K., Cattaneo, L. B., Sabina, C., Brunner, L., Jackson, S., & Serrata, J. V. (2016). Key roles of community connectedness in healing from trauma. Psychology of Violence, 6(1), 42-48.

Yuan, N. P., Belcourt-Dittloff, A., Schultz, K., Packard, G., & Duran, B. M. (2015). Research agenda for violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women: Toward the development of strength-based and resilience interventions. Psychology of Violence, 5(4), 367-373.

Walters, K. L., Evans-Campbell, T., Town, M. A., Schultz, K., LePak, J. H., & Beltrán, R. E. (2015). Alaska Native, Native American, and First Nation People: Outreach, screening, and assessment. In G. Christ, C. Messner, & L. Behar (Eds.), Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Storer, H., Mienko, J., Miyawaki, C., Chan, Y., Kang J., & Schultz, K. (2012). Moving beyond dichotomies: How the intersection of race, class, and place impact high school graduation rates for African American students. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 39(1), 17-44.

Walters, K. L., Stately, A., Evans-Campbell, T., Simoni, J. M., Duran, B., Schultz, K., Stanley, E. C., Charles, C., & Guerrero, D. (2009). “Indigenist” collaborative research efforts in Native American communities. In A. Stiffman (Ed.), The Field Research Survival Guide. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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