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Katie Schultz

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Katie Schultz, MSW, PhD (she/her) is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan. Drawing on community-based participatory research approaches, her research focuses primarily on responding to violence and understanding community and cultural connectedness in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. She is interested in innovative conceptual and methodological approaches to research with tribal communities and health promotion rooted in Indigenous knowledges and sustainable solutions by and for Native peoples. Some current projects include a study focused on risk and protective factors related to involvement in criminal legal systems among a Native population; investigating social networks among American Indian adolescents and associations with substance use, violence, and suicide; and collaborating with a statewide coalition to describe the use of culturally-honoring services in tribal advocacy programs in Michigan.