Myra Parker, JD, PhD

Personal Statement

​Myra Parker, JD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral  Sciences, and Director of the Indigenous Ethics and Protocols Division at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute in the School of Social Work, University of Washington. She received her doctorate in Health Services at UW School of Public Health, and has been a member of the faculty since 2014.

Dr. Parker’s research and clinical interests include: (1) cultural adaptation of alcohol and drug interventions among American Indians and Alaska Natives (with a particular focus on  tribal college drinking harm reduction), (2) development and testing of parenting interventions to support early childhood development in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, (3) co-morbidity of substance use with depression, suicide, trauma, and PTSD, (4) research capacity development, including ethical aspects of research, for tribal and urban Indian communities; and, (5) dissemination and translation of evidence-based prevention and intervention approaches at the individual, institutional, and community level, including policy development. She has worked with tribal and urban Indian communities across the United States on these topics.


PhD, Health Services, University of Washington, 2003-2010
JD, Federal Indian Law, University of Arizona, 1998-2001
MPH, Health Administration & Policy, University of Arizona, 1999-2002
BA, Human Biology, Stanford University, 1991-1995

Department Affiliations

Teaching Philosophy

My goals as a mentor are to support student development through critical dialogue and examination of mainstream research methodology through the lens of Community-based Participatory Research. By reviewing our assumptions inherent in standard research practices, we help students identify meaningful approaches to modify research techniques and tailor them to communities in need of research capacity development.

Recent Publications

Engage for Equity: A Long-Term Study of Community-Based Participatory Research and Community-Engaged Research Practices and Outcomes.
(2020 Jun)
Health Educ Behav 47(3): 380-390
Wallerstein N, Oetzel JG, Sanchez-Youngman S, Boursaw B, Dickson E, Kastelic S, Koegel P, Lucero JE, Magarati M, Ortiz K, Parker M, Peña J, Richmond A, Duran B

Engage for Equity: Development of Community-Based Participatory Research Tools.
(2020 Jun)
Health Educ Behav 47(3): 359-371
Parker M, Wallerstein N, Duran B, Magarati M, Burgess E, Sanchez-Youngman S, Boursaw B, Heffernan A, Garoutte J, Koegel P

Indigenous Research Ethics Requirements: An Examination of Six Tribal Institutional Review Board Applications and Processes in the United States.
(2020 Apr 1)
J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics
Kuhn NS, Parker M, Lefthand-Begay C

Toward Health Equity: A National Study of Promising Practices in Community-Based Participatory Research.
Prog Community Health Partnersh 13(4): 337-352
Duran B, Oetzel J, Magarati M, Parker M, Zhou C, Roubideaux Y, Muhammad M, Pearson C, Belone L, Kastelic SH, Wallerstein N

Perceived descriptive norms for alcohol use among tribal college students: Relation to self-reported alcohol use, consequences, and risk for alcohol use disorder.
(2020 Mar)
Addict Behav 102(): 106158
Larimer ME, Parker M, Lostutter T, Rhew I, Eakins D, Lynch A, Walter T, Egashira L, Kipp BJ, Duran B

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