Autumn Asher BlackDeer, MSW, PhD candidate

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Autumn Asher BlackDeer is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and is a PhD candidate in social work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research is focused on the intersections of behavioral health and sexual violence within American Indian populations.

Autumn is a doctoral fellow for the Council on Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program (CSWE MFP), a Buder fellow for the Brown School of Social Work’s Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies and a Chancellor’s Fellow for Washington University in St. Louis’ Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Program.  Autumn is the lead research assistant for the Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment’s Community Engagement Core and a member of the Buder Research Team. Autumn cofounded the BIPOC PhD Collective for doctoral students of color within the Brown School and has also served the university as a board member of the University Sexual Assault Investigation Board and as the doctoral student representative for the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

Autumn is a strong proponent for American Indian higher education, advocate for survivors of sexual violence, and is committed to achieving equity across Indian Country. When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, Autumn spends time photographing her adventures, learning her tribe’s traditional language, and trying to not be the worst yogini in the Midwest.


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Updated August 2021