Victoria O’Keefe, PhD

Native Circle

Tribal Affiliation

Cherokee and Seminole Nations of Oklahoma


Victoria O’Keefe, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Center for American Indian Health, 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.

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