Research Associate I
Tiana Teter (She/her), is Koyukon Athabascan and is from Huslia, Alaska. Tiana graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.A. in social work. She is currently pursuing her M.S.W from Boise State University. Tiana has dedicated her learning to understanding and addressing issues that could improve community wellness utilizing cultural resiliency. She studies the issues of interpersonal and sexual violence, missing and murdered indigenous people (MMIP), trafficking, cultural revitalization, childhood trauma, and healing from trauma.
Tiana’s background includes victim advocacy for indigenous women, children, and youth, working with rural Indigenous communities, and providing technical assistance to tribes to help strengthen rural victim service programs. She is currently focusing on qualitative community wellness research, and her background in social work has helped her in conducting and facilitating interviews in a trauma informed way. She has experience in data collection, facilitating groups, indigenous methodologies, and clinical social work practice. Tiana has spoken and written articles on cultural protective factors and healing from trauma on a national level. She uses strength-based frameworks to continue working with indigenous communities and strengthening resources in rural Alaska.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with two daughters and her dog Blue. She enjoys traveling and eating her traditional foods.