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Teresa LaFromboise is counseling psychologist by training and a professor of education in Developmental and Psychological Sciences in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her research has focused on efforts of non-dominant racial/ethnic groups to thrive in the face of adversity including acculturation demands, discrimination, and major life challenges. She has extensive experience in developing and testing school and community-based psychological interventions with AIAN adolescents, as exemplified in the American Indian Life Skills Curriculum (AILS). She has long-standing collaborations with tribal communities in the area of AI/AN education and health. She contributes to the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado School of Public Health and the Child Health Research Institute at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to extensive clinical experience with AI/AN populations, she Chairs the Native American Studies program at Stanford University. She is a past-President of the Society of Indian Psychologists, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a past-member of the Committee on Rural Health of the American Psychological Association. She is currently conducting research in a community-initiated study of School Belonging, Cultural Revitalization and Academic Engagement in a reservation secondary school and tribal college.
Co-authoring a case study report entitled "Integration of Conventional and Indigenous Therapeutic Interventions with a Native American University Client."
Co-authoring a manuscript entitled, "Bullying, depression, and suicidal ideation."
Dr. LaFromboise is concerned with helping students respond effectively to acculturation pressure, cultural adjustment, discrimination, major life transitions and other stresses that are so typical--and so often neglected--in children and adolescents. As a counseling psychologist with clinical and teaching experience in a wide variety of university and American Indian/Alaska Native reservation/village settings, Dr. LaFromboise is well-equipped to guide new professionals in school and community evidence-based interventions. She is the developer of the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum of problem-based lessons aimed at increasing social emotional competence and reducing the risk of suicide among American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents. Proven successful with high school students, this curriculum has been extended to younger students. She is investigating cultural, social, and psychological indicators of adolescent risk behavior, school belongingness, and bicultural involvement.