Current Fellowship Project: Indigenous Home Health: Community Driven Approaches to Wellness
Dr. Belcourt (Otter Woman) is an American Indian Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana’s Pharmacy Practice and School of Public and Community Health Sciences Departments (enrolled tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes: affiliation Blackfeet, Chippewa, Mandan & Hidatsa). Raised on the Blackfeet reservation, she is an alumnus of Browning High School and the University of Montana. Her doctorate is in clinical psychology. Research and clinical priorities include mental health disparities, environmental public health, trauma, post-traumatic stress reactions, risk, resiliency, and psychiatric disorder within the cultural context of American Indian communities. Dr. Belcourt has conducted grant-funded collaborative research projects with Native communities at UM and during work at the University of Colorado Denver’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Publications have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and Transcultural Psychiatry.
Dr. Belcourt’s doctoral training is clinical psychology. She has experience conducting social science CBPR research, psychotherapy (group and individual); quantitative data collection and analysis; qualitative and mixed data collection and analysis; tribal community based participatory/engaged research with tribal communities in United States. She has taught and worked in research-based advocacy examining health disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Environmental health projects (RO1’s) conducted with collaborators focus on indoor air quality interventions with AIAN and regional elder and pediatric population with wood stoves. Topical areas of knowledge include ethics, advocacy, science practice, leadership, and health disparities among AIAN populations.