Kristina Gabriel, BS

(Cherokee Nation)

Research Coordinator

Kristina Gabriel is a Research Project Coordinator at the Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. As a Research Project Coordinator, Ms. Gabriel works with Indigenous communities to develop and implement health equity and foodways initiatives focused on food sovereignty. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation from the Aniawi (Deer) Clan.

Ms. Gabriel is trained in Community Based Participatory Research and has over 10 years of experience in community organizing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fort Lewis College, where she served as a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant. Her undergraduate research, which focused on innovative agriculture sustainability methods, was funded through a NIH One Health BLaST award. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. She is passionate about food sovereignty and improving health outcomes in Indigenous communities.

In her free time, Ms. Gabriel enjoys playing with her dogs, cooking and gardening.