Victoria O’Keefe


Associate Director

My professional background as a clinical psychologist parallels my personal background as a Jingle Dress dancer, as both emphasize healing. I believe in culture as medicine and strive to incorporate this value in the entirety of my work. I am truly honored to join the Center for American Indian Health and humbled to be working with tribal communities to eliminate health disparities.

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Victoria O’Keefe, PhD holds the Mathuram Santosham Chair in Native American Health Assistant Professor in the Center for American Indian Health. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health (Social and Behavioral Interventions Program) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

As a member of the Cherokee and Seminole Nations of Oklahoma, Victoria is dedicated to working collaboratively with tribal communities to eradicate health disparities. Her primary research area is in developing and evaluating suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention programs that are grounded in tribal culture and implemented/sustained by Native communities. She is also interested in social, historical, and cultural determinants that relate to health status (e.g., microaggressions, historical trauma, cultural identity). In addition, Victoria is passionate about mentoring the next generation of American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations scholars pursuing public health degrees and careers.

Victoria received her PhD in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2016 and completed her clinical internship at the Puget Sound VA Health Care System – Seattle Division in 2016. She was a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow 2012-2015 and American Indians into Psychology summer research fellow in 2009.


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