Dena Ned portrait
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), College Of Social Work
  • Director, Indigenous Social Work Scholars Program, College Of Social Work


  • Bring Her Home film screening and panel discussion at the Salt Lake City Library. Panel, Presented, 10/12/2022.
  • Panelist for EDI's March iteration of the Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education. Title of panel: Intersections, Crossroads and Roadblocks . Panel, Presented, 03/26/2022.
  • American Indian Virtual Film Festival, UEN: panel discussion on the documentary Sisters Rising; the stories of six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty after trauma, sexual assault and violence. Panel, Presented, 11/2020.
  • Beyond the Classroom Day of Learning at Rowland Hall, Salt Lake City, UT. As alumna, I was asked to speak on my experiences as a BIPOC student at a predominately white institution, and provide insight into social justice from professional framework. Panel, Presented, 09/2020.
  • Presentation in ETHNC 3870 - American Indian Women on the Indian Child Welfare Act. Presentation, Presented, 10/22/2018.
  • Moderator for panel, "Sharing Our Stories: Narrative of Historical Trauma" at the 6th Annual Indian Child Welfare Conference-- 40 Years of ICWA in Utah - Past, Present, and Future. Panel members: Jennie Sheperd, Utah Foster Care; Lillian Tsosie-Jensen, Utah State Board of Education; Rupert Steele, Goshute Tribe; and Terry Cross, National Indian Child Welfare Association . Panel, Presented, 08/20/2018.
  • We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice: Indian Child Welfare; In-service Presentation to Primary Children’s Hospital Medical Social Workers. Presentation, Presented, 05/2017.
  • Contemporary Child Welfare Issues in American Indian and Canadian Aboriginal Contexts; Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 61st Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO. Presentation, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Historical Trauma: How Traumatic Experience is Revealed in Indigenous and Aboriginal Communities. Presentation at the Global Awareness Society International 24th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Presentation, Presented, 05/2015.
  • “Has the U.S. Economic Recovery or U.S. Federal Indian Law, Contributed to the Increase of American Indian Children in Out-Of-Home Care?” Session Chair and presentation at Global Awareness Society International 23rd Annual Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica . Panel, Presented, 05/2014.
  • “Cultural Values of American Indian People: Their Impact on Families and Health.” Presentation at the Global Awareness Society International 21st Annual Conference, New York City, NY. Presentation, Presented, 05/2012.
  • Health Disparities Experienced by Urban American Indians: Possible Adaptions to Other Global Indigenous Peoples. Presentation at the Global Awareness Society International 20th Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Presentation, Presented, 05/2011.
  • An interpretive policy analysis of perspectives on Title V of the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act. Presentation at the American Public Health Association 138th Annual Conference, Denver, CO. Presentation, Presented, 11/2010.
  • State of Title V Urban Indian Health Care in Utah. Phoenix Area Indian Health Service I/T/U Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. Other, Presented, 10/2005.
  • “Urban Indian Health Status.” Presentation to DHHS Region VIII Chlamydia Project Denver, CO. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2004.


  • English, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Northern America
    I am specifically interested with North America’s Indigenous, Aboriginal, and First Nations' geographic, physical, and cultural areas.


  • Ned, J.D. & Frost, C. (2017). Contemporary Issues in Child Welfare: American Indian and Canadian Aboriginal Contexts. (pp. 215). JCharlton Publishing Ltd.. Published, 01/2017.
  • Bussey, B. & Day, P.A., Ned, J.D., & Smalling, S.E. (2017). Chapter 1: Introduction.. (pp. 1-16). JCharlton Publishing Ltd.. Published, 01/2017.
  • John, A. & Ned, J.D., & Tanana, H. (2017). Chapter 7: Adoption-United States. (pp. 157-178). JCharlton Publishing Ltd.. Published, 01/2017.
  • Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act 36 years later: An interpretive policy analysis. Published, 08/2013.
  • Reproductive health and sexual violence among urban American Indian and Alaska native young women: select findings from the national survey of family growth . Published, 12/2012.