Felicia Hodge (Wailaki)


Contact Information

Email    fhodge@sonnet.ucla.edu
Office  5-940 Factor
Phone  3102672255
Behavioral health and chronic health issues among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Dr. Hodge is an enrolled member of the Wailaki tribe in Northern California. She holds a joint position as Professor in the School of Nursing and Professor in the School of Public Health at UCLA. Dr. Hodge previously served as the Chair of the UCLA American Indian Studies Interdisciplinary Program and co-Chair of the Native Research Network (a national advocacy organization). She is currently the director of the UCLA School of Nursing T32 pre- and post-doctoral training program. As the founder and director of the Center for American Indian/Indigenous Research & Education (CAIIRE), Dr. Hodge oversees efforts that supports research, evaluation, policy development, education, planning, and prevention service activities in American Indian communities. Dr. Hodge served as a member of the NIH-NINR National Advisory Council (2005-2010) and was a co-author of the 1995 US Surgeon General's Report on Tobacco Control among Minority Populations. In 2016, Dr. Hodge was appointed by the NIH Director to the National Institute Library of Medicine (2016-2020).

The NIH has continuously funded Dr. Hodge's research and training grants since 1990. Dr. Hodge is well-experienced in leading research projects, particularly those targeting American Indian health issues including prevention (screening for cervical and breast cancer), interventions to change behaviors (smoking cessation, diet and nutrition, and diabetes), and development of wellness projects and programs to address cancer pain, cancer care and self-management.

Courses offered relevant to American Indian Studies:

N295A (proposal writing) Seminar, one hour. Introduction to nursing research methods, activities, and programs within specialty strands at UCLA School of Nursing: biobehavioral sciences, biologic sciences, health disparities/vulnerable populations, and health services. Exemplar work of UCLA nurse scholars highlighted. Overview of nursing research at UCLA and potential research opportunities for doctoral study. S/U grading.

N208 Lecture/discussion, three hours. Requisites: courses 206, 207. Advanced discussions of psychosocial, behavioral, and biophysical measurement and analysis in nursing research. Analysis of psychometrics, reliability, and internal validity of research instruments in relation to outcomes in nursing research. Letter grading.

N267 Lecture, three hours. Analysis of healthcare policies and how policies impact clinical practice and healthcare delivery. Discussion of concepts related to policymaking, specifically how to formulate healthcare policy, how to affect political process, and stakeholder involvement in policy decision making and implementation. Development of understanding of increasing levels of public, governmental, and third-party participation in and scrutiny of shape and direction of healthcare system. Current mandated assembly bills and their effect on nursing. Concepts associated with escalating healthcare costs and cost containment efforts instituted by private and government sectors, as well as by individual healthcare institutions. Letter grading.

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Sonoma State College, Cotati, CA, BA, 1974, Sociology
University of California at Berkeley, MPH, 1976, Public Health
University of California at Berkeley, DrPH, 1987, Public Health


My particular research covers areas of developing and testing culturally sensitive intervention models for AI/AN populations across the US. I completed postdoctoral studies at UC Berkeley on heavy drinking behavior and continue to examine issues of childhood trauma, suicide and depression in my current research. My publications include a prevalence study and cessation intervention at 14 Indian clinics in California; an analysis of urban/rural smoking patterns; culturally sensitive interventions; and the cultural concepts of pain and chronic illness. The association between childhood adverse experiences and adult obesity, suicide ideation and mental health issues are currently under study. Self-management of pain, barriers to cancer symptom management, and the improvement of communication and patient advocacy are also more recent research topics. My particular research covers areas of developing and testing culturally sensitive intervention models for vulnerable populations. More recent interests include environmental contamination on AI/AN reservations and in urban communities.

Research Methods:

  • Random Control Trials (RCT)
  • Interviews
  • Focus Groups