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BA, Sociology & BS, Psychology from Louisiana State University, 2005

MSW, University of Michigan, 2007

PhD, Social Work, Washington University, 2017

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Shanondora Billiot (United Houma Nation) has a PhD in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  She holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan and both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Louisiana State University. Prior to entering graduate school, Dr. Billiot had 10+ years of experience working in the field from crisis intervention and post-disaster grassroots community development to implementing and analyzing federal and international health and mental health policies.

Research Interests

Dr. Billiot's current research uses mixed methods to explore indigenous-specific factors, like a connection to land, historical trauma and discrimination, and their relationship to global environmental change exposure and health outcomes.

Office Address

Office: 2064
1010 W. Nevada Street
School of Social Work
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

  • 8 Article
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Conceptual interdisciplinary model of exposure to environmental changes to address indigenous health and well-being

Billiot, S. & Mitchell, F. M., Nov 2019, In : Public Health. 176, p. 142-148 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Native Americans, suicide among

    Billiot, S., 2014, Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. Cousins, L. H. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, p. 948-950

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    The Family Resilience Inventory: A Culturally Grounded Measure of Current and Family-of-Origin Protective Processes in Native American Families

    Burnette, C. E., Boel-Studt, S., Renner, L. M., Figley, C. R., Theall, K. P., Miller Scarnato, J. & Billiot, S., Jun 1 2020, In : Family Process. 59, 2, p. 695-708 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Historical Oppression Scale: Preliminary conceptualization and measurement of historical oppression among Indigenous peoples of the United States

    McKinley, C. E., Boel-Studt, S., Renner, L. M., Figley, C. R., Billiot, S. & Theall, K. P., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Transcultural Psychiatry.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Community-engaged and culturally relevant research to develop behavioral health interventions with american indians and alaska natives

    McKinley, C. E., Figley, C. R., Woodward, S. M., Liddell, J. L., Billiot, S., Comby, N. & Sanders, S., Jan 1 2019, In : American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 26, 3, p. 79-103 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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