Fiona joined the Center for American Indian Health in August of 2020. She works with the Baltimore-based mental health team as a Research Project Coordinator. She has coordinated many projects including Psychological First Aid for COVID-19 Frontline Workers in AI/AN Communities, the "Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine" storybooks, My Pathway to Healing, the Elders Resilience Curriculum: Toward Building Empirical Evidence Around a Culturally-Grounded, Strengths-Based Intervention, Indigenous Stories of Strength, and more. Throughout all of her work, Fiona strives to be the best ally she can to Indigenous peoples and communities to support the health equity and sovereignty of tribal nations.
Prior to joining the Center, Fiona worked in research and clinical settings in Montana. During this experience, she had the opportunity to build skills in mental health support and crisis stabilization, as well as conduct health psychology research in a university lab in collaboration with a variety of disciplines and with an American Indian community in Montana. It was this opportunity to explore both research and clinical paths that helped her realize she had a passion for improving health and well-being through research and at the community level versus the individual clinical level.
Fiona has a BS degree in Psychology from Montana State University and an MSPH degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in International Health, Social and Behavioral Interventions. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outside on the land, cooking, and learning.