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.
Devon Isaacs is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. During her undergraduate career, she was a member of Rho Theta Sigma and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Societies as well as the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. Devon was awarded the American Indian Mentorship Award from Northeastern State University’s Center for Tribal Studies for her work in conducting research to benefit Native American peoples in 2016. In the summer of that year, she attended her first Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) conference at Utah State University and fell in love with both the USU clinical program and SIP’s mission to promote awareness of Native American issues. After graduation she applied for and was awarded a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship at the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native American Behavioral Health at the University of North Dakota where she continued her research to benefit Native American peoples before entering a graduate program.
Currently, Devon is a doctoral student at Utah State University in the Clinical/Counseling Combined PhD program with an emphasis in Rural/Multicultural Psychology. She is a recipient of the Presidential Doctoral Research (PDRF) Fellowship and the American Indian Support Project Scholarship. Her research focuses on the intersection of culture and mental health, with an emphasis on risk and protective factors for Native American youth. Devon has a passion for mentoring ethnic minority undergraduate students in conducting research to help diversify the field of psychology. Upon completion of her degree, she hopes to contribute to the field of mental health by working with her tribe to build on empirical research and culturally competent therapeutic practice. Devon’s long-term goal is to teach at the university level in order to address the need for providing support to diverse students seeking careers in the social sciences.
Erica began the Combined Clinical and Counseling doctoral program in 2017 with an emphasis in Multicultural/Rural Psychology. She is currently working with Dr. Melissa Tehee and is researching physical, learning, and mental health disabilities in Native American youth. She was awarded the Native American Leader Fellowship in 2017, and is working to develop disability awareness in Native Americans within the state of Utah. Erica is also a member of the Society of Indian Psychologists and hopes to help other Native American students develop their research interests and attend graduate school through the SIP mentorship committee.
Erica is from Mobile, Alabama and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Alabama in December 2016. Erica is a proud member of the Tlingit and Lakota tribes. She found her passion for psychology from her mother and grandfather after learning about the mental health issues experienced by the Native American community. Her long-term career goal is to obtain an academic position so that she may conduct research with the aim to address and bring awareness to these mental health disparities, with the hopes of reducing and negating them.