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Katie A. Schultz

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Katie A. Schultz

Dr. Katie Schultz focuses her research on 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-grounded 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. She is principal investigator on a study that seeks to identify risk pathways and key correlates, including cultural beliefs and practices, associated with reduced recidivism among AI/AN individuals with justice-involvement in Alaska (NIDA; R21DA050518). She is a principal investigator on another mixed methods study that examines the extent to which existing social network theories and data metrics adequately characterize AI youth networks and associations with risk and protective factors for substance use, exposure to violence, and suicide (NIDA; R21DA053789). She is also a faculty affiliate with the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Center for Health Equity Research and Training at the University of Michigan School, 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.

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 postdoctoral 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-grounded 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
Year Description
2021 Schultz, K., Renn, T., & Trawver, K. (2021). Disproportionality and Recidivism among Alaska Native and American Indian Women in Criminal Justice Systems. Panel Presentation, International Academy of Law and Mental Health XXXVIIth Congress. Lyon, France.
2020 Kattari, S. K., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Schultz, K., Hawkins, J., & Kattari, L. (2020). Reconceptualizing the teaching of social justice and diversity: Co-creating a more critical foundation course. Presentation, Joint World Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development. Rimini, Italy. *Cancelled due to COVID-19*
2020 Storer, H., Schultz, K. & Franks, M. A. (2020). The utility of Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis to develop contextualized understandings of adolescent dating abuse. Workshop, Society for Social Work and Research 24th Annual Conference. Washington DC.
2019 Schultz, K. & Noyes, E. (2019). "Then who are you?”: Cultural Considerations in Dating and Relationships Among Young American Indian and Alaska Native Women. Presentation, Society for Social Work and Research 23rd Annual Conference - Ending Gender Based, Family and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA.
2019 Schultz, K. (2019) A critical dialogue on addiction: Bridging theories and practices from feminist viewpoints. Invited Panelist, Conversations Across Social Disciplines: Joseph Veroff & Katherine Luke Memorial Award, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.
2019 Schultz, K. & Noyes, E. (2019). Unseen complexities: How young Native women navigate cultural connections and cultural practices in their dating and intimate relationships. Presentation, ResilienceCon 2019. Nashville, TN.
2019 Anna Ortega-Williams, Ramona Beltrán, Katie Schultz, Zuleka Henderson, Lisa Colón (2019). Historical Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth: A cross-cultural examination of mass group-level healing. Panel Presentation, Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting. Denver, CO.
2018 Yuan, N. P., Howell, K., Espelage, D., Kuperminc, G., Schultz, K., & Wamser-Nanney, R. (2018). It Takes a Community of Mentors to Build Resilience in Academia. Moderated Panel Session, ResilienceCon 2018. Nashville, TN.
2018 Schultz, K. & Noyes, E. (2018). "Then who are you?”: Conversations about Dating and Relationships with Young American Indian and Alaska Native Women. Organized Poster Forum, Society for Prevention Research 26th Annual Meeting. Washington DC.
2018 Lewis, J. & Schultz, K. (2018). Intergenerational Dialogues on Community Perceptions of Alcohol, Workshop. Workshop, First Alaskans Institute 35th Annual Elders & Youth Conference. Anchorage, AK.
2017 Schultz, K. (2017). Addressing Trauma among Native Populations: [Re]-Connecting through Experiential Learning in an Indigenous Health Intervention. Presentation, Center for Mental Health Services Research Seminar Series. St. Louis, MO.
2017 Yuan, N. P., Goforth, K., Howell, K., Miller-Graff, L., Querna, K., Schultz, K., & Wamser-Nanney, R. (2017). The Conundrum of Promoting Community-based Participatory Research on Violence, Trauma, and Resilience while Facing Barriers to Achieving Success. Moderated Panel Session, ResilienceCon 2017: The Science of Strength. Nashville, TN.
2016 Schultz, K., Walters, K., Beltrán, R., & Johnson-Jennings, M. (2016). [Re]-Connecting: Experiential Learning in an Indigenous Health Intervention. Presentation, Society for Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference. Washington DC.
2015 Storer, H., Schultz, K., & Stohl, K. (2015). “It's Not My Business!”: Dating Abuse and Bystander Behavior in Young Adult Novels. Presentation, Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2015 Schultz, K., Valdovinos, M., Lewis, J., Beltrán, R., & Brown, D.L. (2015). The Effect of Social Location in Community-Based Participatory Research. Roundtable, Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2015 Schultz, K., Teyra, C., Breiler, G., Evans-Campbell, T., Pearson, C., & Ross, C. (2015). “They Gave Me Life”: Motherhood and Recovery in a Tribal Community. Presentation, Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2015 Schultz, K. (2015). Pim Taloah Momah: We’re still singing. Presentation, Virtues, Narrative and Resilience Conference. Sewanee, TN.
2015 Belcourt, A., Pearson, C., & Schultz, K. (2015). Understanding Indigenous Narratives of Posttraumatic Stress: Stories of Trauma and Recovery from American Indian Women. Presentation, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. New Orleans, LA.

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