Dr. Joseph P. Gone, PhD

Assistant professor, Department of Psychology and Program in American Culture (Native American Studies), University of Michigan

Joseph P. Gone is assistant professor in the Department of Psychology (Clinical Area) and the Program in American Culture (Native American Studies) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He obtained his A.B. in psychology at Harvard University in 1992 and his doctorate in clinical and community psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. As a cultural psychologist, Gone addresses his research to a key dilemma confronting mental health professionals who serve Native American communities, namely how to provide culturally appropriate helping services that avoid the neo-colonial subversion of indigenous thought and practice. He has published articles and chapters concerning the ethnopsychological investigation of self, identity, personhood, and social relations in American Indian cultural contexts vis-à-vis the mental health professions.

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Dr. Lisa Wexler, PhD

Assistant professor of Community Health Studies, Department of Public Health, University of Massachusetts

Dr. Wexler is an assistant professor of Community Health Studies, Department of Public Health, University of Massachusetts. Dr. Wexler received her doctorate in Community Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Masters of Social Work from Florida State University. Her current research interests include understanding youth resilience in Alaska Native circumpolar and Indigenous communities, exploring the relationship between culture, colonization and health, and identifying strategies to promote behavioral health through community-based initiatives. Her community-based, participatory research has focused on suicide prevention in Native communities, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and the practice and structure of mental health services in rural, Indigenous communities. Dr. Wexler has a particular interest in the translation of research to practice and in helping communities adopt and integrate on-going learning into their prevention and intervention strategies.

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Dr. Rob Whitley, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School

Dr. Rob Whitley is Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. He has considerable experience working at the intersection of psychiatry, sociology and anthropology. Current research includes studies of recovery and community integration among people with severe mental illness in Washington DC, Chicago, and New York City. Dr. Whitley was trained at King's College London and McGill University.

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