Dr. Catherine McKinley's research focuses on understanding violence against Native American communities - especially women and children - and its prevention from an Indigenous perspective. Her work identifies culturally specific risk and protective factors from an ecosystemic framework of Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence, illuminating how structural causes are related to violence and associated health disparities. Dr. McKinley uses these factors to inform and adapt a culturally relevant, strengths-based approach to evidence-based prevention options for Indigenous communities.
Publications: Google Scholar or ResearchGate
- McKinley, C. E., Boel-Studt, S., Renner, L. M., Figley, C. R., Billiot, S., & Theall, K. (In Press). The Historical Oppression Scale: Preliminary Conceptualization and Measurement of Historical Oppression among Indigenous Peoples of the United States. Transcultural Psychiatry.
- McKinley, C.E., & Figley, C.R., Woodward, S., Liddell, J., Billiot, S. Comby, N., & Sanders, S. (2019). Community-Engaged and Culturally Relevant Research to Develop Behavioral Health Interventions with American Indians and Alaska Natives. American Indian and Alaska native mental health research (Online). 26. 79-103
- McKinley, C. E., Miller Scarnato, J., Liddell, J., Knipp, H., & Billiot, S. (2019). Hurricanes and Indigenous Families: Understanding connections with discrimination, social support, and violence on PTSD. Journal of Family Strengths, 19(1), 10.
- Burnette, C. E., Renner, L. M., & Figley, C. R. (2019). The Framework of Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence to Understand Disparities in Depression among Indigenous Peoples. British Journal of Social Work, 49(4), 943-962.
- Burnette, C. E. (2017). Family and Cultural Protective Factors as the Bedrock of Resilience for Indigenous Women Who Have Experienced Violence. Journal of Family Social Work, 21(1), 45-62.
- Burnette, C. E., & Hefflinger, T. S. (2017). Identifying community risk factors for violence against indigenous women: A framework of historical oppression and resilience. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(5), 587-600.
- Burnette, C. E., & Figley, C. R. (2016). Historical oppression, resilience, and transcendence: can a holistic framework help explain violence experienced by indigenous people?. Social work, 1-8.
Selected Research Grants
K12HD043451 Krousel-Wood (PI) 2017-2019
NIH / NICHD
Tulane Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) training program
Grant Amount: $509,024
The long-term goal of this program is to increase the number and diversity of highly trained culturally competent, independent, interdisciplinary investigators in Women's Health with an emphasis on Sex Differences research in the field of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and related diseases.
U54GM104940 McKinley (PI) 2018-2019
LA CaTS & NIH
Promoting Cardiovascular Health and Reducing Disparities with Native Americans
Grant Amount: $50,000
Courses with violence related topics