- Bachelor of Science , Nursing, University of Oklahoma HealthSciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
- Masters of Science, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, CNS, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
- PhD, Nursing, New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM. Project: American Indian Adolescents Response to a Culturally Tailored Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention
Clinican, researcher, educator, author; all inspired by a traditional Cherokee upbringing in rural Oklahoma on Cherokee reservation land. My work has focused on improving the health and well-being of all Native American Indian people and those that they live with within their communities and circles of influence. My community-based participatory research is guided by the needs of the community and responsive to those needs with attention and resources to address their identified issues.
The culmination of the research entitled Police departments’ use of the Lethality Assessment Program: A Quasi-experimental Evaluation (2009-13), included 2014 legislation in the state of Oklahoma that mandated the use of the Lethality Assessment during every call dealing with interpersonal violence. While tribal police departments were not part of this mandate, they all fully cooperated with implementation of the law.