Dr. Tina WoodsSenior Director, Community Health Services
Tina Marie Woods is Aleut originally from St. Paul Island, Alaska and Chamorro from the Island of Guam. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and received a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural Indigenous Emphasis from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has worked within the Alaska Tribal Health System for over 15 years with majority of her time as an administrator for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA).
She particularly enjoys utilizing Talking Circles as a tool to help others begin their healing journey. Her passion for Talking Circles led to a dissertation and first known empirical investigation of the effectiveness of Talking Circles among Alaska Native individuals demonstrating that psychological research with Alaska Native Peoples can be conducted in a scientifically rigorous, yet still culturally sensitive and respectful manner. Additionally, she participated in research that tried to understand potential cultural barriers (e.g., acculturation, stigma, historical trauma) to Alaska Native Peoples seeking professional mental health services; and attitudes and behaviors that they have toward mental health help-seeking.
She respectfully blends both Western science and indigenous practices based on teachings from Elders. She has dedicated her academic training and career towards working with Alaska Native people to provide quality, holistic and comprehensive health services. She presents with “lived experience” and leverages such experience in combination with science for teaching others about trauma informed care. She strongly believes in going upstream with prevention efforts in order to make a significant difference for future generations.
Tina sits on the Data Safety Monitoring Board Member for the HEALTHH Study—Healing and Empowering Alaskan Lives Toward Healthy Hearts Project, the UAA Psychology Department’s Community Advisory Board (PCAB) and is a member of the Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA) and American Psychological Association (APA). She is also a committee member of the Criminal Justice Commission Workgroup on Behavioral Health, and is Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force—Committee Member and is co-chair of the writing team for the 1115 Behavioral Health Waiver Demonstration Project.