Victoria O’Keefe


Associate Director
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Victoria is a Cherokee Nation citizen and Seminole Nation member. She joined Center for Indigenous Health in October of 2017. She is the inaugural Mathuram Santosham Chair in Native American Health at Johns Hopkins University, an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of International Health (Social and Behavioral Interventions Program), an Associate Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health, and a Licensed Psychologist. Victoria's community-based participatory research with Native communities focuses on strengths-based and culturally-informed suicide prevention, mental health promotion, and wellness. She has had a life-long passion for working with tribal and urban Native communities inspired by Cherokee community values instilled by her late grandmother who was a Cherokee Nation community health representative (CHR). Victoria aims to live by these values in her life in various ways, such as teaching pow wow dancing to youth in urban Native communities and supporting the next generation of Indigenous scholars and leaders.

She received her MS and PhD in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. She 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. In 2020, Dr. O’Keefe was honored by her tribe with a Cherokee Nation Community Leadership Individual Award.

Victoria enjoys pow wow dancing, beadwork, live music, and hiking and traveling with her husband.


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