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New Faces at SPS: Tiana Teter

We are happy to announce that Tiana Teter has joined our team as a Research Associate I!

Tiana has been our intern this past spring as part of her Masters in Social Work (MSW) practicum experience. She recently graduated with her MSW at Boise State University. Congratulations Tiana!

Tiana is based in Fairbanks, Alaska, and brings with her a wealth of experience from her time working at the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center where she supported federally funded tribal entities and their victim services programs. Her work included technical assistance, advocacy training, engagement planning, and co-presenting research on Cultural Protective Factors.

We asked Tiana to tell us a little more about herself…

What are you excited to work on with SPS?

I am passionate about anti-violence work, and projects involving trafficking and sexual violence prevention. I’m also excited to do qualitative analysis and focus on indigenous research methods.

What is unique about your approach to your work, and how has it contributed to your success?

I want my education to go back to my Native community. A lot of my past work experiences have involved supporting tribal communities. I have found there’s a strong need in this area.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I hope to be more than half way done with my PhD. I’m considering a PhD in Indigenous Research, or community psychology.

Why did you choose to get your degree in what you did?

I wanted to help people, so I started in the medical field then switched to Human Services then got my bachelors and masters in social work. I was interested in learning more about trauma and how to heal from trauma- specifically from childhood trauma and/or sexual and domestic violence. For the first few years of my career, I helped develop material on cultural protective factors and shared that information in my own way with others.

What motivated you to complete your degree?

What motivated me to complete my degree was my kids. I wanted to give them more opportunities in life, as a single mom, as well as give myself more work opportunities for the future.

What are your hobbies?

I like to watch scary movies, attend events in my community such as small music festivals, the farmers market etc., and I like to plan holiday themed parties for my kids and friends.

Why do you live where you live?

I live about 20 minutes outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. I love the community vibes and family support I get in Fairbanks. I love the quiet and peaceful environment of living outside of town.


We are so excited to have Tiana join our team! If you would like to learn more about Tiana, click here!


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