The Buder Center has been engaged in a number of social work and public health research projects in American Indian communities.  Our intent is to use research to inform federal, state, and tribal policy makers and foster partnerships between national centers that share our focus on American Indian and Alaska Native research.

Recent Publications

Asher BlackDeer, A. and Patterson Silver Wolf, D. (In Press). Evidence Mapping: Interventions for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Mental Health. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Maguin, E., Beeler-Stinn, S. and Asher BlackDeer, A. (Under Review). Depression and Anxiety among College Students: Understanding the Impact on GPA and Differences in Gender and Ethnicity.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D., Taylor, F., Maguin, E., and Asher BlackDeer, A. (2019). You Are College Material – You Belong: An Underrepresented-Minority Student Retention Intervention Without Deception. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice

Tovar, M., Thompson, K., & Billiot, S. (2019). Training American Indian and Alaska Native social workers for Indian Country. Journal of Evidence Informed Social Work. (Accepted)

Thompson, K., Posey, A., & Manshack, L. (2019). Native American Social Work Students:  Factors that influence success in graduate school. Journal of Evidence Informed Social Work. (Accepted)

Tovar, M. (2019). The Washington University in St. Louis pow wow. Seminole State College NASNTI News – January 2019 Edition.

Tovar, M., Leiker, C. (2018). Acknowledging Native History in Missouri. Missouri Humanities, Fall/Winter, 10-11.

Thompson, K., Milner, J.M. (2018). Honoring Missouri’s First People. The Native Partnerships and Programming Alliance. Missouri Humanities, Fall/Winter, 17.

Tovar, M., Manshack, L., and Johnson, L. (2018). Financial Capability with American Indian Youth. Research Report.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., (2018): The new social work, Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 15:6, 695-706.

Patterson Silver, D. A., den Berk-Clark, C. van, Williams, S.-L., & Dulmus, C. N. (2018). Are therapists likely to use a new empirically supported treatment if required? Journal of Social Work, 18(6), 666–678

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., Perkins, J.D., VanZile-Tamsen, C., & Butler-Barnes, S.T. (2018). Impact of violence and partner violence on the grades of American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

2017 Publications

Noah, K., Ayres, S., Catron, K., Delmar, M., Lucas, K., & Gallegos, C. A. (2017). Violence against Women Act: A Gap in Protection for Children. Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America, 1(1), 6.

Patterson, D.A., Perkins, J., Butler-Barnes, S.T., & Walker, T. (2017). Social belonging and college retention: Results from a quasi-experimental pilot study. Journal of College Student Development, 58(5), 777-782.

Vu, Jeremy; Thompson, Kellie; Hayworth, Steven; Gallagher, Jennifer; Ibrao, Miquela; and Tovar, Molly (2017) Reviving Traditional Native American Food with the Hunt. Fish. Gather. Program, Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America: Vol. 1 : Iss. 1 , Article 5.

Fish, J., Livingston, J.A., VanZile-Tamsen, C., & Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A.(2017). Victimization and substance use among Native American college students. Journal of College Student Development.

2016 Publications

Schuermann, C., Tovar, M., & Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A. (2016). A Future of Native Students: From Victimization to Value to Victory. In The Crisis of Race in Higher Education: A Day of Discovery and Dialogue (pp. 217-234). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Tovar, M., (2016). The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies. Missouri Humanities Council 2016 Year in Review.

Tovar, M., (2016). Access, Culture, and Resilience at a School of Social Work. Emerald Series: Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education. Washington University in St. Louis. (under review)

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., Tovar, M., Thompson, K., Ishcomer, J., Kreuter, M. W., Caburnay, C., & Boyum, S. (2016). Speaking out about physical harms from tobacco use: response to graphic warning labels among American Indian/Alaska Native communities. BMJ open6(3), e008777.

Manshack, L. (2016). The Evolution of the American Indian Pow Wow. MO Humanities Magazine, Fall/Winter. 4-6.

2015 Publications

Black, J. C., Wheeler, N., Tovar, M., & Webster-Smith, D. (2015). Understanding the challenges to providing disabilities services and rehabilitation in rural Alaska: where do we go from here?. Journal of social work in disability & rehabilitation14(3-4), 222-232.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A. (2015). An Education Saved My Life: Silver Wolf’s Path to Promise. Books and Monographs. Book 12.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., Barnes, G., Welte, J. Tidwell, M-C., & Spicer, P. (2015). Sociocultural influences on gambling and alcohol use among Native Americans in the United States. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(4), 1387-1404.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., & Butler-Barnes, S.T. (2015). Impact of the academic-social context on American Indian/Alaska Native Student’s academic performance. Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America, 1(1), 3.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., VanZile-Tamsen, C., Black, J., Billiot, S., & Tovar, M. (2015). Impact of Disability and Other Physical Health Issues on Academic Outcomes Among American Indian and Alaskan Native College Students: An Exploratory Analysis. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 14(3-4), 208-221.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., Butler-Barnes, S.T., Van Zile-Tamsen, C. (2015). American Indian/Alaskan Native college drop out: Recommendations for increasing retention and graduation.Washington University Journal of American Indian & Alaska Native Health, 1(1), Article 1. 

Tovar, M., (2015). Ahchâôk. Ômâôk. Keepunumuk. (Hunt. Fish. Gather.) Traditional foods in Native America: A compendium of traditional foods stories from American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Health and Human Services.

Tovar, M., Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A. & Jordan, L. (2015). Native American elders. Berkman, B. (Ed.). Handbook of social work in health and aging. Oxford University Press.

Tovar, M., Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., & Stevens, J. (2015). Toward a culturally informed rehabilitation treatment model for American Indian/Alaska Native veterans. Journal of social work in disability & rehabilitation, 14(3-4), 163-175.

Whitegoat, W., Vu, J., Thompson, K., & Gallagher, J. (2015). Mental Health in Diabetes Prevention and Intervention Programs in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities. Washington University journal of American Indian & Alaska Native health, 1(1)

2014 Publications

Barusch, A., Tovar, M., & Golden, T. (2014). Enhancing the financial capability of Native American Elders. In N. Morrow-Howell & M. S. Sherraden (Eds.), Financial capability and asset holding in later life: A life course perspective. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Masters, J., & Hilton, T. (2014). Return to the Rez: Native American parolees’ transitions to community life. In S. Bowman (Ed.), Color behind bars: Racism in the U.S. prison system. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., Jordan, L., & Black, J. (2014). Alaskan Natives as culturally different clients. In, Cousins, L. H., & Golson, J. G. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. (Vol. 1, pp. 70-71). SAGE Publication.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., Waya, S. W., Ahuna, K. H., Tinnesz, C. G., & Vanzile-Tamsen, C. (2014). Using self-regulated learning methods to increase Native American College retention. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 16(2), 219-237.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Duran, B., Dulmus, C. N., & Manning, A. R. (2014). Alcohol screening and brief intervention as standard practice: Working with the American Indian/Alaskan Native populations.  Journal of human behavior in the social environment, 24(3), 399-407.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Hertel, A., & Billiot, S. (2014). Suicide among Native Americans. In, Cousins, L. H., & Golson, J. G. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. (Vol. 7, pp. 948-950). SAGE Publication.

Previous Publications

Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., VanZile-Tamsen, C., Black, J., Billiot, S. M., & Tovar, M. (2013). A comparison of self-reported physical health and health conditions of American Indian/Alaskan Natives to other college students. Journal of community health, 38(6), 1090-1097.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., (2012). Three strategies to address Native American college dropout. Recruitment & Retention in Higher Education, 6(10), 5-6.

Tovar, M., Wheeler, N., & Nord, J.H. (2011). A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur’s Spirit: American Indian Women Entrepreneurs’ Edition. BookBaby.

Tovar, M. (2011). Getting in: Tips for students applying to graduate school. St. Louis, MO: Washington University in St. Louis.

Effler, S., & Strizl, K. (2010). Supporting American Indian and Alaska Native social work student retention: Alumni mentoring and Native specific practicum sites. St. Louis, MO: Washington University in St. Louis.

Hertel, A. L., & Jäger, M. E. (2010). Saving for post-secondary education in American Indian communities: A geospatial and quantitative analysis. (CSD Working Paper 10-21). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Hertel, A. L., & Jäger, M. E. (2010). Saving for post-secondary education in American Indian communities. (CSD Research Brief 10-24). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Wagner, K., & Hertel, A. L. (2010). Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) utilization in Native communities. (CSD Research Brief 10-05). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Wagner, K. & Hertel, A. L. (2010). Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Native communities. (CSD Research Brief 10-06). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Wagner, K., & Hertel, A. L. (2010). Savings and financial services in Native communities. (CSD Research Brief 10-07). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development. 

Research Reports

American Indian Graduate Magazine Publications