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Carolee Dodge-Francis, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Office: BHS 517
Phone: 702-895-5586


Carolee Dodge Francis, Ed.D., is Executive Director of the American Indian Research and Education Center, and Assistant Professor within the School of Community Health Sciences. She is an American Indian researcher, and nationally recognized for her research, program development and evaluation work in chronic disease within Tribal communities. She has over 20 years experience in community/public health, health education development and research with urban and rural American Indian communities nation-wide. Her funding awards include the  National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nevada State and private foundations.

Selected Publications

Benyshek, D., Chino, M., Dodge Francis C.,  Begay, T.,  Jin, H.,  Giordano, C., (2013). Prevention of type 2 diabetes in urban American Indian/Alaskan Native communities: The life in BALANCE pilot study. Journal of Diabetes Mellitus. Vol.3, No.4, 184-191. 

Dodge Francis, C., Chino, M. (2012). Type 2 Diabetes Science and American Indian / Alaska Native Culture: Creating a National K-12 Curriculum Prevention Strategy for Native Youth.  Diabetes Spectrum. 25(1):23-26.

Chino, M., Dodge Francis, C. (2011). Application of a REAIM framework to assess the impact of the Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 5(1):94-99.

Dodge Francis, C., Coulson, D., Kalberer, B., DeBruyn, M., Freeman, W., Belcourt, J., (2010). The significance of a K-12 diabetes-based science education program for tribal populations: Evaluating cognitive learning, cultural context, and attitudinal components. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 3(3):91-105.

Moore, K., Dodge Francis, C., DeBruyn, L. (2009). Chapter 10: In Liburd, L. Diabetes and health disparities: community-based approaches for racial and ethnic populations; New York, Springer Publishing Company: 257-274. ISBN 978-0826-10129-7.

Chino, M., Haff, D., Dodge Francis, C. (2009) Patterns of Commodity Food Use among American Indians. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health.  7(2)279.

Chino, M., Dodge Francis, C., DeBruyn, L.M. (2007). The Convergence of Culture and Science: Developing an Evaluation Framework for Diabetes Education in Tribal Communities. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. Vol 1, No 3. 75-88.