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Dolores Subia Bigfoot

Dolores Subia BigFoot is an enrolled member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma with affiliation to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana where her children are enrolled. She is currently a Presidential Professor who directs the Indian Country Child Trauma Center within the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Funded since 1994 by the Children’s Bureau, she has directed Project Making Medicine, a clinical training program to training mental health providers in the treatment of child maltreatment using culturally-based teachings.

With the establishment of the Indian Country Child Trauma Center in 2004, she was instrumental in the cultural adaptations of evidence-based child treatment protocols. She recently received an award to provide training and technical assistance throughout the country on suicide prevention efforts through the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Dr. BigFoot has over 15 published articles and chapters, including serving as the lead author of the recent publication, “Adapting Evidence-Based Treatments for Use with American Indians and Native Alaskan Children and Youth.” Dr. BigFoot has served as a principal investigator on 16 federally-funded projects and has over 30 years of experience and expertise about the concerns of implementation and adaptation of evidence-based practices being introduced into Indian Country. Dr. BigFoot is a member of the national Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer Network.

Dr. Bigfoot served on the US Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence and has received numerous awards for her many contributions in the areas of Native/Indigenous psychology, pediatric medicine, and American Indian and Alaska Native mental health.

Dr. BigFoot received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Sociology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She did her pre-doctoral internship in psychology at the University of California, Irvine and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She was also a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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