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  • Associate Dean, Office for First Generation Access
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), College Of Social Work


  • , BA Anthropology, University of Utah
  • , Post-doc Global Mental Health, Harvard University
  • , Fellowship at the Center for American Indian Health Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins


J. Dena Ned is an Associate Professor/Lecturer at the University of Utah College of Social Work.  Her research has focused on the Indian Child Welfare Act, Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, urban American-Indian health policies and delivery of care systems, as well as social determinants of health in native communities.  After earning her Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) from the University of California, Berkeley, she worked with California’s Division of Children and Family Services before going on to direct a Title V-funded urban Indian health center in Salt Lake City.  Her direct practice experience motivated her to explore issues of social justice, health, and policy from the perspective of urban Indians.