Dr. Kyle Hill, a psychologist of Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota origin, joined the Center as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for one year as part of our regular support and mentorship for American Indian junior faculty interested in furthering their health sciences careers. Dr. Hill has been worked with the behavioral health team to elucidate how positive social networks may help prevent youth suicide. This critical research builds upon findings that youth with suicidal behavior frequently report friendship problems, social isolation, conflict with boyfriend or girlfriend, and other factors as reasons for attempting suicide. Suicide clusters are also common among youth in schools or small communities.
In 2015, Dr. Hill returned to his traditional lands and is working as the Director of Behavioral Health with the Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe in Northeastern Minnesota. He is excited to continue his prevention research with the Center on a part-time basis and teach and mentor the Center’s Native students.