Tamara is currently a doctoral student at Utah State University in the Combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology program with an emphasis in rural and multicultural psychology. Tamara found her perfect fit at USU through the supportive mentors in the Society of American Indian Psychologists (SIP). Tamara is now a proud member of SIP and plans to be a part of the mentorship SIP provides to Native students and bring the reciprocity she received full circle to other students in need. Tamara is the recipient of the American Indian Support Project (AISP) funding grant and is working with Dr. Melissa Tehee on the development of culturally specific interventions for American Indian older adults. Tamara’s passion for research is focused on the unique mentorship and guidance Native American college students need in order to pursue and succeed at higher education as well as the psychological repercussions trauma has on the epidemic of infant mortality in Indian country.
In 2016 Tamara was awarded the Southern Oregon University Psychology Department's Resiliency Award, the Native American Studies Program’s Most Outstanding Senior, she was given Honorable Mention by the National Science Foundation for her research proposal on Native infant mortality, and was the Co-Chair for the Native American Student Union for two years.
Tamara graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a certificate in Native American Studies. Tamara is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a member of the Chinook Indian Nation. Tamara was born in Washington State on the outskirts of Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation. There she developed her passion for giving back to the Native community and devoting her research interests to mending psychological and health disparities in Native populations.