Lisa Marin Wexler

Professional Title: 
Associate Professor and Director, Division of Community Health Studies
Department: 
Community Health Education
Telephone: 
413-545-2248
Campus Address: 
313 Arnold House
Education: 

B.A., University of West Florida, 1991; M.S.W., Florida State University, 1996; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2005

Area(s) of Specialization: 

American Indian/Alaska Native Suicide Prevention; Indigenous Youth Resilience; Culturally-Specific Behavioral Health Services; Digitally-Enhanced Participatory Research

Research Description: 

My research focuses on three overlapping and complimentary areas that address both scientific and community priorities. My work incorporates unique approaches that engage participants and enhance cultural and community strengths. Drawing from intergenerational narratives and indigenous wisdom, I aim to illuminate the problem of youth suicide in ways that offer individuals, families and tribal communities possibilities for action. Most recently, this work emphasizes resilience, and utilizes digital technology to engage participants and to disseminate results.

Key Publications: 

Wexler, L. (published online 6 September 2013). Looking across three generation of Alaska Natives to explore how culture fosters indigenous resilience. Transcultural Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/1363461513497417

Wexler, L., Jernigan,K,  Mazziotti, J., Baldwin, E. Griffin, M., Joule, L., Garoutte, J. and CIPA (2014). Lived Challenges and Getting Through Them: Alaska Native Youth Narratives as a Way to Understand Resilience. Health Promotion Practice 15 (1): 10 ? 17.

Wexler, L, Joule, L., Garoutte, J., Mazziotti, J., Baldwin, E, Griffin, M, Jernigan, K and Hopper, K. (On-line: September 6, 2013), Being Responsible, Respectful, Trying to Keep the Tradition Alive: Cultural Resilience and Growing Up in an Alaska Native Community. Special Issue Transcultural Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/1363461513495085

Wexler, L., Gubrium, A., Griffin, M., & Difulvio, G. (2012). Promoting positive youth development and highlighting reasons for living in northwest Alaska through digital storytelling. Health Promotion Practice, 14(4), 617-623. doi:  10.1177/1524839912462390

Wexler, L., Silveira, M.L., Bertone-Johnson, E. (2012). Factors Associated with Alaska Native Fatal and Nonfatal Suicidal Behaviors 2001-2009: Considering Trends and Discussing Implications for Prevention. Archives of Suicide Research, 16(4): 273-286.

Wexler, L., Eglinton, K., & Gubrium, A. (2012). Using digital stories to understand the lives of Alaska Native young people. Youth & Society, doi: 10.1177/0044118X12441613

Lisa Wexler Curriculum Vitae