Two IHART Fellows Invited to Present at Division of AIDS Research

Annie Belcourt, PhD, and Daniel Dickerson, D.O., both 2012 Fellows, presented their research projects at a September meeting convened by the NIMH Division of AIDS Research to discuss “Research Career Development for New HIV/AIDS Investigators From Diverse Backgrounds.”

Dr. Belcourt is Assistant Professor, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, University of Montana, and her planned area of research is to culturally adapt and assess a behavioral intervention that would address posttraumatic stress, sexual health, and substance abuse within American Indian communities.

Dr. Dickerson is Assistant Research Psychiatrist, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs University of California, Los Angeles, and his research project proposes to fully develop and pretest a culturally-tailored HIV/AIDS prevention strategy, Red Circle Project (RCP), for AI/ANs at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Drumming Research Published in Indian Country Today

IHART Fellow Dan Dickerson’s research on drumming is featured in the August 8 edition of Indian Country Today. See “Drumming Proves Beneficial for Overcoming Substance Abuse Disorders” for the whole story.

David A. Patterson, PhD, Joins Washington University in St. Louis

IHART Fellow David Patterson has joined the faculty of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work in Washington University in St. Louis as Assistant Professor of Social Work. Patterson was previously at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Melvin Harrison, IHART Advisory Board Member, Interviewed on NPR

Melvin Harrison, executive director of the Navajo AIDS Network and member of the Native Community Advisory Expert Panel, was interviewed for the story, “Raising Voices Against HIV On the Reservation,” on NPR’s Tell Me More. Click here to read the transcript or hear the story.

IHART Fellow Andrew Jolivette Publishes New Volume

Andrew Jolivette, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University and an IHART Fellow, recently announced the publication of Obama and the Biracial Factor: The Battle for a New American Majority (Policy Press, 2012). Jolivette is the editor of the collection of essays exploring the role of Obama’s mixed-race identity in his path to the presidency.