Felicia Hodge

Felicia Schanche Hodge, MPH, DrPH is a Professor in the School of Nursing as well as a Professor in the Department of Health policy and Management in the Fielding School of Public Health. She teaches courses in research methods, American Indian populations and health disparities. Dr. Hodge is the founder and director of the Center for American Indian/Indigenous Research and Education (CAIIRE) which supports research, evaluation and education. Dr. Hodge served as a member of the NIH-NINR National Advisory Council and the NIH Library of Medicine. She was named an honorary member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. In 2019-2020 she was honored with the Frank C. Dukepoo Award from the Native Research Network (NRN) organization. She has served as Principal Investigator for several large R01 research projects targeting American Indian issues including cervical cancer, nutrition, smoking cessation, breast cancer, wellness concepts, diabetes, and cancer pain and self-management, all supported by the National Institute of Health. Dr. Hodge’s research develops and tests culturally sensitive intervention models for American Indian populations. Dr. Hodge has developed and tested the “Talking Circle” model that tests group processes and counseling to increase cancer screening among American Indians. She has also developed the train-the-trainers program for smoking cessation projects. Consumer advocacy, participatory research and culturally sensitive intervention for the American Indian population are the focus of her research.

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  • DrPH, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Areas of Interest

  • American Indian and Indigenous health disparities
  • Environmental Justice
  • Health Behaviors and Culturally Appropriate Interventions

Selected Publications

  • *Al Hashmi, I., Hodge, F., Choi, S., Thomas, E., Brecht, L., Nandy, K., & Reifel, N. (2018). The Effect of Health Education Intervention on Self-Efficacy for Adherence to Healthy Behaviors among Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal.18(4): e513-e519.PMID:30988972 DOI:10.18295/squmj.2018.18.04.014
  • *Connolly, Michele, Gallagher, Mehgan, Hodge, Felicia, Cwik, Mary, O'Keefe, Victoria, Jacobs, Bette & Adler, Amy. (2019). Identification in a time of invisibility for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States. Statistical Journal of the IAOS. 35:71-89. 10.3233/SJI-180495. https://content.iospress.com/download/statistical-journal-of-the-iaos/s…
  • *Christine Samuel-Nakamura, Felicia S. Hodge, Sophie Sokolow, Abudul-Mehdi S. Ali, and Wendie A. Robbins. (2019). Metal(loid)s in Cucurbita pepo in a Uranium Mining Impacted Area in Northwestern New Mexico, USA. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 16(14), 2569; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16142569
  • *Angela Pauline Halpin & Felicia Schanche Hodge. (2019). Transition Theory Applications -- “Wishes”. American Journal of Education and Information Technology; 3(1): 12-16 http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/j/ajeit doi: 10.11648/j.ajeit.20190301.13
  • *Hodge, F. S., Line Itty, T., Samuel-Nakamura, C. & Cadogan, M. (July 17, 2020). We don’t talk about it: Cancer pain and American Indian Survivors. Cancers; 12(7): 1932.d: 10l.3390/cancers12071932. Samuel-Nakamura,.C. & Hodge, F. S (2021). American Indian/Alaska Native Infrastructure Limitations Amid the COVID-19 Threat. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 63-68. 11-(8) ISSN 1925-4040-E-ISSN 1925-4059.
  • Felicia Schanche Hodge (2021). Moving Forward: No scientific integrity without an acknowledgment of past wrongs. American Indian Culture and Research. 44(3): 87-90. DOI 10.17953/aicrj.44.2hodge
  • *Hodge, F. S., Line Itty, T., Arbing, R. H. A. & Samuel-Nakamura, C. (Oct. 2022). A Window into Pain: American Indian Cancer Survivors’ Drawings. Frontiers in Pain Research. 3:1031347. DOI:103389/fpain.2022.1031347. PMID:36341151. PMCID: PMC9634249.
  • *Hodge, F. S., Roca, R. P., Robbins, W. & Samuel-Nakamura, C. (submitted/accepted June 2022). The Association of Chronic Disease and Suicide Ideation among American Indians. Journal of Ethnicity and Disease.