Karina Walters, PhD
Dr. Karina L. Walters is the Associate Dean for Research and the William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed University Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Dr. Walters is also the Director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute National Center of Excellence funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Institute’s many notable contributions include hosting the 2010 International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development conference, a biennial gathering aimed at improving the health of indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States through indigenous and community-led research, health services and workforce development.
Dr. Walters is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Senior Research Award where she was an honorary visiting scholar at Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga National Institute for Research Excellence in Maori Development and Advancement at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on historical, social and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among American Indians and Alaska Natives. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on her research and mentors numerous American Indian and Alaska Native junior faculty, researchers, post-doctorate, graduate and undergraduate students.
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