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Dr. Tina Woods

Senior Director, Community Health Services

Dr. Tina Marie Woods is Unungan (Aleut) originally from St. Paul Island, Alaska and Chamorro from the Island of Guam. She is the daughter of the late Maria Shaishnikoff and late Juan Duenas Leon-Guerrero. Dr. Woods 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 in 2013.  She maintains longevity working within the Alaska Tribal Health System (15+ years) and is currently the Senior Director of Community Health Services at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). She has general oversight over eight departments including, Wellness & Prevention, Community Environment & Health, Tribal Epidemiology Center, Clinical Research & Services, Distance Learning Network, Behavioral Health Aide, Dental Health Aide Therapist and Community Health Aide programs.

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. She respectfully blends both Western science and indigenous practices based on teachings from Elders. Dr. Woods dedicated her academic training and career towards working with Alaska Native Peoples 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.

Dr. Woods 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 and is a member of the Alaska Psychological Association and American Psychological Association. She is a Board of Trustee at Alaska Pacific University, Co-chair of the Alaska Area Specimen Bank Oversight Committee and Co-chair of the Community Engagement Workgroup—Transforming Child Welfare Outcomes for Alaska Native Children.

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