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Catherine Burnette, PhD, LMSW

Specialty Areas:

Indigenous women and children, resilience, health disparities

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Intimate Partner Violence

Angles of Approach

#Prevention Intervention


Dr. Catherine Burnette'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. Burnette uses these factors to inform and adapt a culturally relevant, strengths-based approach to evidence-based prevention options for Indigenous communities.

Courses with Violence Topics: