Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University
Native American Studies; health disparities; racial and ethnic identity; medical communication; religion; storytelling.
Dr. Garroutte received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 1993. An enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Dr. Garroutte has a background of research and publication related to the study of Native American issues, health; disparities associated with aging and culture; racial/ethnic identity, and religion.
Past publications include a book, Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America, and various articles in sociological and health-related journals.
In collaboration with Cherokee Nation Health Services, Dr. Garroutte conducted a series of research projects funded by the National Institute on Aging to examine medical communication needs among American Indian elders using tribal clinics. She was a co-investigator on three projects funded by the National Cancer Institute to address cancer disparities in American Indians by (1) implementing culturally-tailored interventions targeted to specific tribal populations, and (2) training a cadre of American Indian post-doctoral researchers to continue such work. Another ongoing project explored the dynamics of an urban American Indian community through the life histories of its members. Dr. Garroutte’s service on editorial advisory boards has included the Journal of Native Aging and Health, the American Indian Quarterly, and the University of Arizona Press series, Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies. She also served as board member of Healing Through Language, an initiative of the Endangered Language Fund, Yale University. She is a past Area Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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