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Katie A. Schultz

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Katie A. Schultz
Katie Schultz, MSW, PhD, draws on community-based participatory research approaches with a focus on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health equity. 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-centered intervention design. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, she is interested in innovative conceptual and methodological approaches to research with tribal communities and health promotion rooted in Indigenous knowledges and sustainable solutions by and for Native peoples. Her recent work includes investigating relationships between intimate partner violence and drug use among Native women; teen dating violence with AI/AN adolescents; a culturally focused, outdoor experiential obesity and substance abuse risk prevention program with Choctaw women; and a proposal to examine pathways out of justice-involvement for AI/AN women in Alaska.

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. More recently, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Center for Mental Health Services at Washington University in St. Louis.

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.


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

Fernandez, A. R., Evans-Campbell, T., Johnson-Jennings, M., Beltrán, R., Schultz, K., Stroud, S., & Walters, K. L. (in press). "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.

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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