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Assistant Professor, Community Health Education
Family Research Scholar 2007-08
Lisa Wexler's research considers how health and disease are understood and enacted within a social and cultural context. Considering how different people identify, understand and address their "problems" can enable professionals to advocate for meaningful change as well as develop effective intervention projects. Dr. Wexler is particularly interested in learning how situated discourses, attitudes and beliefs, of both professionals and the people they serve, influence minority wellbeing. Her work has focused on suicide and suicide prevention in an Alaskan Inupiaq community. Through the Family Research Scholars Program, Dr. Wexler developed a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) proposal for submission to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP).
National Science Foundation
“Inupiaq Cultural Identity in Three Generations: Collaboratively Investigating Culture Change and Resilience through Indirect Elicitation”