Jessica Elm


Post Doc Fellow


Jessica Elm is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans. She received her PhD from the University of Washington, School of Social Work in 2018 and her MSW from UC Berkeley in 2009. Jessica is a social and behavioral scientist that uses qualitative and quantitative methods to answer research questions that are relevant to tribal communities. Along these lines, her research is rooted in community-based participatory research methodologies and recognizes historically traumatic events as the source of contemporary stress and health inequities. Jessica’s scholarship is centered on two primary areas: 1) examining social stressor exposures (e.g. adverse childhood experiences, discrimination), the accumulation across multiple developmental periods (i.e., childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, life course), and increased risk for substance misuse and poor mental health outcomes; and 2) identifying individual, family, and community strengths which lead to pathways of resilience, recovery, and thriving for American Indians. Dr. Elm’s scholarship is informed by over 15 years of health and social services employment in tribal program development and evaluation, policy analysis and advocacy, child and family services, and surgical technology.


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