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Research interests

Current studies explore the effectiveness of culturally grounded preventive strategies for suicide, substance use, and health promotion; youth and community level resilience; prevention of vascular risk; cultural issues in health services; and community based participatory research. For almost two decades our team has collaborated in a research relationship with Alaska Native community partnerships to discover Alaska Native pathways to sobriety and reasons for life as a positive framework for suicide and substance abuse prevention. We now are engaged in work developing and testing a cultural intervention for rural Alaska native youth grounded in these findings. We seek to establish the first evidence based practice for Alaska Native people through these NIMHD, NIAAA, and NIDA funded projects. Our team also participated in a collaborative NSF project describing the resilience strategies of circumpolar indigenous youth and the community resilience resources youth drew on, and an NINDS funded project on epidemiology of stroke and vascular risk in Alaska Native people. Other work studies how to train providers to provide health services to diverse cultural groups. While a Fulbright scholar at the University of Oslo, I developed an additional ongoing research interest in the experience of international refugees.

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Suicide Medicine & Life Sciences
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Alcoholism Medicine & Life Sciences
youth Social Sciences
indigenous peoples Social Sciences
Alcohols Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2012 2020

Substance-Related Disorders

Research Output 1989 2017


Ascertainment of Alaska Native Stroke Incidence, 2005-2009: Lessons for Assessing the Global Burden of Stroke

Boden-Albala, B., Allen, J., Roberts, E. T., Bulkow, L. & Trimble, B. Sep 1 2017 In : Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 26, 9, p. 2019-2026 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

International Classification of Diseases
Medical Records
Blood Vessels

Multi-Level Cultural Intervention for the Prevention of Suicide and Alcohol Use Risk with Alaska Native Youth: a Nonrandomized Comparison of Treatment Intensity

Allen, J., Rasmus, S. M., Fok, C. C. T., Charles, B., Henry, D. & Qungasvik Team Aug 7 2017 In : Prevention Science. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Protective Factors

Native transformations in the pacific northwest: A strength-based model of protection against substance use disorder

Rasmus, S., Allen, J., Connor, W., Freeman, W., Skewes, M., Alexander, C., Dunthorne, S., Jefferson, J., John, L., Peters, D., Rasch, M., Scott, M., Warbus, E., Warbus, F., Wilbur, B., Williams, J., Williams, N. & Vendiola, D. 2016 In : American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 23, 3, p. 158-186 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pacific Northwest
Northwestern United States
Substance-Related Disorders
Substance use

Relationship of Social Network to Protective Factors in Suicide and Alcohol Use Disorder Intervention for Rural Yup'ik Alaska Native Youth

Philip, J., Ford, T., Henry, D., Rasmus, S. & Allen, J. Jan 1 2016 In : Psychosocial Intervention. 25, 1, p. 45-54 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Support
Protective Factors