Deana Around Him is a senior research scientist in the youth development program at Child Trends. Her research aims to improve the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children, youth, and their families through approaches that meet the cultural and contextual needs of their communities. Dr. Around Him’s training focused on the social determinants and life course approaches to health, culturally responsive evaluation, research ethics, and maternal and child health. She also has experience working with AI/AN communities to develop interventions, build public health research and evaluation capacity, and strengthen tribal research oversight and ethics.
Dr. Around Him has served on teams conducting longitudinal cohort, mixed method, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). She has also worked with centers that focus on strengthening tribal research capacity and policies. Currently, she serves as a co-investigator on a CBPR study to develop and evaluate a culturally based infant safe sleep curriculum for American Indian communities. She also works on a mixed method CBPR project to examine perceptions of school climate and safety among American Indian youth. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Dr. Around Him strives to conduct research and evaluation that respects tribal sovereignty, builds on cultural strengths, and produces outcomes that inform policy and programs.