Deana M. (Wagner) Around Him

American Indian Graduate Scholars Program

Tribal Affiliation

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

The lessons I've learned throughout my personal, work, and academic experiences have fostered a passion for improving maternal and child health conditions among American Indians. With a DrPH degree from JHSPH I hope to bridge the worlds of research and practice to enhance the family planning and pre/post-natal experiences of American Indian families.


Deana grew up along the Kansas/Oklahoma border and is a proud member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. From 2004 to 2006 she taught high school science on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a Teach For America South Dakota charter corps member. 

Deana's dissertation was titled Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Pregnancy: Associations with Maternal Characteristics and Infant Birth Weight among American Indians in the Northern Plains

At Johns Hopkins she received leadership training and scholarship support through the Diversity and Health Disparities Pre-Doctoral Fellowship program, Hopkins Sommer Scholars program, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health American Indian Scholars program, and the Maternal and Child Health Training Grant.


  • Brown University, Bachelor of Arts in Community Health
  • Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Master of Science, Concentration in Maternal and Child Health 
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Population, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Population, Family & Reproductive Health

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