September 29, 2023

Dr. Ashley Cole, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at OSU, is currently accepting students for her research lab. The application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year is December 1st, 2023.

To learn more about the OSU Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, click here.

To learn more about her lab’s work, visit the lab website.

July 26, 2023

The Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy (CIHRP) has received a $3.5 million donation from Novo Nordisk Inc., to fund the Indigenous Foodways and Health Initiative. The funds will support indigenous food systems and practices that strengthen language revitalization and access to traditional foods.

“After 20 years of working in public health with Native American communities, I have found that initiatives that support and strengthen cultural practices and traditions are the most effective strategies for promoting health,” said Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, professor of rural health and director of CIHRP, who also has a doctorate in public health and is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

“Gifts like this one from Novo Nordisk support Native peoples to implement programs of greatest priority to them, which are culturally centered and use indigenous research methods,” Jernigan said.

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January 19, 2023

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy, has been appointed and is the first Indigenous woman to ever serve on this committee.

The Committee will be tasked with reviewing the current body of science on key nutrition topics and developing a scientific report that includes its independent assessment of the evidence and recommendations for HHS and USDA as they develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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