Research Professor, RCGD
Professor, School Of Social Work
With over 25 years of committed service and collaborative research in Indigenous communities, I have developed insights and processes for conducting community-based and critical action research focused on the complex and multilevel issues of youth suicide prevention, community resilience and family and personal wellbeing. Working across academic, community and provider stakeholders, I developed a variety of research projects to address community-defined problems or to contribute to longer-term social justice goals. To do this work, I have managed to balance practice priorities and to conduct responsive, asset-based collaborative research focused on the mental health disparities. My research program demonstrates my ability to translate research into feasible community projects, communicate across community members and researchers and to produce scientifically strong and practical health disparity interventions that build on community and cultural strengths. My suicide prevention research program demonstrates my commitment to translating research to practice through collaborative study and community education. My intervention, PC CARES, was created and piloted in Northwest Alaska (R34 MH096884) and is currently being tested in a larger trial in Bering Strait (R01 MH112458). The model works with key stakeholders to implement a community mobilization intervention to prevent Alaska Native youth suicide. Additionally, I co-lead the statewide Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience (ANCHRR) with Drs. Stacy Rasmus and Jim Allen (U19MH113138). ANCHRR includes a 3-region Alaska Native Community Resilience Study involving 64 Alaska Native communities, and a Collaborative Hub focused on outreach and educational efforts to build research capacity-building among Alaska Native people, statewide. Lastly, I am working with community and clinical partners to develop the Family Safety Net, a new family-focused and strength-based approach to increase home firearm safety in rural and remote Alaska (R61 MH125757). Publications resulting from this work include students, community members, and practitioners. In sum, my research program demonstrates a clear commitment to community-based, participatory research and to mentorship across and among academic and community stakeholders to bolster community strengths, build on systems of care, and reduce health disparities through research.
- Promoting Community Conversations about Research to end Native Youth Suicide in Rural Alaska. (Lisa Wexler) 2019-2023. NIMH.
- Alaska Native Resilience Study. (Lisa Wexler) 2019-2022. NIMH.
- Collins, Pamela Y., Lisa Wexler, Roberto A. Delgado, Charlene Apok, Laura Baez, Peter Bjerregaard, Susan Chatwood, Cody Chipp, et al. 2019. "RISING SUN: Prioritized Outcomes for Suicide Prevention in the Arctic." Psychiatric Services 70(2): 152-155.
- Wexler, Lisa, Suzanne Rataj, Jerreed Ivanich, Jya Plavin, Anna Mullany, Roberta Moto, Tanya Kirk, Eva Goldwater, et al. 2019. "Community mobilization for rural suicide prevention: Process, learning and behavioral outcomes from Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) in Northwest Alaska." Social Science & Medicine 232: 398-407.
- Weinronk, Hannah, Lisa Wexler, Lucas Trout, Kathryn Rowlett, Idun Klakegg, Shirley Zhen, Steele Valenzuela, Ivik Henry, an, et al. 2018. "New understandings of communities and ourselves: community-based participatory research with Alaska Native and Lower 48 youth." Educational Action Research 26(3): 439-455.
- Lee, Hsuan-Wei, Miranda Melson, Jerreed Ivanich, Patrick Habecker, G. Robin Gauthier, Lisa Wexler, Bilal Khan, and Kirk Dombrowski. 2018. "Mapping the structure of perceptions in helping networks of Alaska Natives." Plos One 13(11): e0204343.
- Trout, Lucas, Lisa Wexler, and Joshua Moses. 2018. "Beyond two worlds: Identity narratives and the aspirational futures of Alaska Native youth." Transcultural Psychiatry 55(6): 800-820.
- Trout, Lucas, Diane McEachern, Anna Mullany, Lauren White, and Lisa Wexler. 2018. "Decoloniality as a Framework for Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention Pedagogy: Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide." American Journal of Community Psychology 62(3-4): 396-405.
- Wexler, Lisa, Lucas Trout, Suzanne Rataj, Tanya Kirk, Roberta Moto, and Diane McEachern. 2017. "Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide: learning and behavioural outcomes of a training-of-trainers model to facilitate grassroots community health education to address Indigenous youth suicide prevention." International Journal of Circumpolar Health 76: 1345277.
- Curran, Tess, and Lisa Wexler. 2017. "School-Based Positive Youth Development: A Systematic Review of the Literature." Journal of School Health 87(1): 71-80.
- Eglinton, Kristen Ali, Aline Gubrium, and Lisa Wexler. 2017. "Digital Storytelling as Arts-Inspired Inquiry for Engaging, Understanding, and Supporting Indigenous Youth." International Journal of Education and the Arts 18(5): 1-28.
- Wexler, Lisa, Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar, Suzanne Rataj, Lucas Trout, Krishna C. Poudel, Michelle Woods, and Eduardo Chachamovich. 2017. "Preliminary Evaluation of a School-Based Youth Leadership and Prevention Program in Rural Alaska Native Communities." School Mental Health 9(2): 172-183.
- Wexler, Lisa, Diane McEachern, Gloria DiFulvio, Cristine Smith, Louis F. Graham, and Kirk Dombrowski. 2016. "Creating a Community of Practice to Prevent Suicide Through Multiple Channels: Describing the Theoretical Foundations and Structured Learning of PC CARES." International Quarterly of Community Health Education 36(2): 115-122.
- Wexler, Lisa, Hang T. Dam, Katie Silvius, Janet Mazziotti, and Ife Bamikole. 2016. "Protective factors of native youth: findings from a self-report survey in rural Alaska." Journal of Youth Studies 19(3): 358-373.
- Silveira, M. L., Lisa Wexler, J. Chamberlain, K. Money, R. M. C. Spencer, N. G. Reich, and E. R. Bertone-Johnson. 2016. "Seasonality of suicide behavior in Northwest Alaska: 1990-2009." Public Health 137: 35-43.
- Wexler, Lisa, Jennifer White, and Bridie Trainor. 2015. "Why an alternative to suicide prevention gatekeeper training is needed for rural Indigenous communities: presenting an empowering community storytelling approach." Critical Public Health 25(2): 205-217.
- Wexler, Lisa, Michael Chandler, Joseph P. Gone, Mary Cwik, Laurence J. Kirmayer, Teresa LaFromboise, Teresa Brockie, Victoria O'Keefe, et al. 2015. "Advancing Suicide Prevention Research With Rural American Indian and Alaska Native Populations." American Journal of Public Health 105(5): 891-899.
- Ulturgasheva, Olga, Lisa Wexler, Michael Kral, James Allen, Gerald Mohatt, and Kristine Nystad. 2011. "Navigating International, Interdisciplinary, and Indigenous Collaborative Inquiry." Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 4(1).