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Rachel Burrage
Rachel Burrage, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 201D
Phone: 808.956.6240
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: rburrage@hawaii.edu


Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Joint PhD in Social Work and Psychology, August 2018
Masters of Science in Psychology, January 2016
Masters of Social Work, May 2014

Research Interests

  • Indigenous well-being
  • Culture and mental health
  • Historical and collective trauma
  • Individual and community resilience

CV

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Education

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Joint PhD in Social Work and Psychology August 2018
Dissertation: Trauma, Loss, Resilience, and Resistance in the
Indian Residential School System of Canada.
Co-Chairs: Dr. Joseph P. Gone and Dr. Sandra L. Momper

Masters of Science in Psychology January 2016

Masters of Social Work May 2014
Interpersonal practice and mental health

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology May 2006
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Great Barrington, MA

Associate of Arts April 2003

Academic Positions

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Honolulu, HI
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
Assistant Professor August 2018 – Present

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Burrage, R.L., Gagnon, M., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (in press). Trauma history and social support among American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Native survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Hartmann, W.E., Wendt, D.C., Gone, J.P., Burrage, R.L., & Pomerville, A. (in press). American Indian historical trauma: Anti-colonial prescriptions for healing, resilience, & survivance. American Psychologist.

Gone, J.P., Hartmann, W.E., Pomerville, A., Wendt, D.C.., Klem, S.H., & Burrage, R.L. (in press) Historical trauma in Indigenous populations in the United States and Canada: A systematic review of empirical findings. American Psychologist.

Burrage, R.L., Gone, J.P., & Momper, S.L. (2016). Urban American Indian community perspectives on resources and challenges for youth suicide prevention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(1-2), 136-149.

Pomerville, A., Burrage, R.L., & Gone, J.P. (2016). Empirical findings from psychotherapy research with Indigenous populations: A systematic review. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(12), 1023–1038.

Manuscripts under Review

Pomerville, A., Burrage, R.L., Gladshteyn, M. & Gone, J.P. [Submitted June 2017]. Perceived coercion and its relationship to attitudes regarding mental health services. Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Manuscripts in Progress

Carey, E., Burrage, R.L., Gagnon, M. B., & Graham-Bermann S. A. [For submission December 2017]. Social support among children exposed to intimate partner violence in Alaska.

Pomerville, A., Burrage, R.L., & Gone, J.P. [For submission January 2018]. Barriers and facilitators to participation in a pilot traditional spirituality program for American Indians in an urban setting.

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Eiler, A. & Burrage, R.L. (2017, November). Cultural resilience: Healing American Indian gender and parenting relationships in the face of colonial disruption. Social Justice Matters Lecture Series, University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.

Burrage, R.L. (2017, October). Secondary trauma among service providers: Invited presentation to the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI.

Momper, S.L. & Burrage, R.L. (2016, October). Promoting healing: Trauma and resilience in Indian Country. Invited Keynote address presented at the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service Regional Conference on Trauma Informed Care, Cass Lake, MN.

Burrage, R.L. (2015, September). Collective and historical trauma. Guest lecture for undergraduate course in Psychology of Trauma, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIPeer-

Reviewed Presentations

Burrage, R.L. (2018, May) Autoethnographic accompaniment: From therapeutic to liberationist approaches. In Burrage, R.L. (Chair and Organizer) Telling our stories, understanding our identities: Autoethnography as intersectional praxis for social work students. Panel presented at the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL.

Burrage, R.L. (2018, May). Concerning disconnects: The place of secondary analysis in indigenous research.
Paper to be presented at the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL.

Burrage, R.L., & Momper, S.A. (2018, January). A suicide prevention approach in an urban American Indian community: Gatekeeper trainings for community members and providers of service. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

Burrage, R.L., Gagnon, M., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2017, November). Trauma history and change in residence as predictors of social support among Alaska Native and non-Native survivors of intimate partner violence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL.

Pomerville, A., Levitt, H.M., Surace, F.I., Burrage, R.L. Grabowski, L.M. & Gone, J.P. (2017, August). Are qualitative methods theoretically informed? Examining two psychotherapy literatures. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Burrage, R.L. & Momper, S.L. (2017, January). A social-ecological approach to understanding urban American Indian youth suicide prevention. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Pomerville, A., Burrage, R. L., & Gone, J. P. (2016, November). Missing evidence on Indigenous psychotherapy clients in four countries: A systematic review. Paper presented at the meeting of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, Berkeley, CA.

Burrage, R.L. (2016, February). Whose prevention? Urban American Indian perspectives on youth suicide prevention. Brown Bag presented to the Clinical Science Area, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Mentees’ Presentations

Robeson, C., Burrage, R.L., & Gone, J.P. (2018, April) Intergenerational analysis of Canadian Indian Residential School former student and descendant narratives. Symposium presentation at the annual Undergraduate Research Opportunity Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.

Shaughnessy, S., Burrage, R.L., & Gone, J.P. (2018, April) Expressions of culture in testimonies of residential school survivors from Manitoba. Poster presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Opportunity Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.

Carrington, S., Burrage, R.L., & Gone, J.P. (2018, April) Testimonies of Canadian residential school survivors: Geographical limitations of hearings. Poster presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Opportunity Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.

Robeson, C., Klem, S., Burrage, R.L., & Gone, J.P. (2017, April). The legacy of Canadian Indian Residential Schools. Poster presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Opportunity Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.

Carey, E., Burrage, R.L., Gagnon, M., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2016, May). Social support among children exposed to IPV in Alaska. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Teaching Experience

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Honolulu, HI
Assistant Professor August 2018– Present

  • SW 360: Sociocultural Content for Social Work Practice [Fall 2019]. Taught two sections, for a total of thirty-five students, of an introductory BSW course on Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

University of Michigan School of Social Work Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate Student Instructor September 2017– December 2017

  • SW 504: Diversity and Social Justice [Fall 2018]. Taught twenty-four MSW students for an introductory course on Human Behavior and the Social Environment, with a focus on intersectionality, theories of change, and social justice.

University of Michigan Department of Psychology Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate Student Instructor September 2014 – December 2016

  • PSYCH 112: Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science [Winter 2016]. Taught sections 002, 010, and 011 of twenty students each; prepared lesson plans; presented course content; facilitated class activities; held office hours; conducted exam review; graded student assignments.
  • PSYCH 303: Research Methods in Psychology [Fall 2015] Taught sections 002 and 007 of twenty students each; prepared lesson plans; presented course content; facilitated class activities; held office hours; helped students with academic writing and statistics; conducted exam review; graded student assignments.
  • PSYCH 614: Advanced Statics [Winter 2015] – Grader for graduate level statistics course. Graded graduate student assignments and exams; held office hours; tutored MA and PhD students in advanced statistics.
  • PSYCH 317: Community Research [Fall 2014] – Co-taught community service learning course; prepared lesson plans; facilitated class activities; coordinated logistics for service learning internships; graded student assignments; prepared lesson plans.

Center for Exchange and Solidarity San Salvador, El Salvador
English Teacher June 2007 – February 2010

  • English as a Second Language (ESL): Beginning, Intermediate, Conversational. Taught ESL classes for small groups of 4-12 adults; developed and implemented lesson plans based on women’s rights, environmental studies, indigenous history, and globalization.

Mentorship Experience

University of Michigan Department of Psychology Ann Arbor, MI
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Mentor September 2016 – Present
Mentored six undergraduate research assistants through the Culture and Mental Health Research Lab. Provided orientation to our work as a research lab; instructed mentees in professional development topics such as resume and curriculum vitae creation, professional associations and conferences, abstracts, posters, presentations, and research proposals.

Additional Research Experience

Indian Residential School Testimony Project Ann Arbor, MI
Principal Investigator January 2016 – Present
Lead investigator for a project to create a database of public testimonies on indigenous experiences of residential school abuse from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Recruited, trained, and coordinated activities for seven research assistants to catalogue testimonies for use by future researchers, educators, and community members.

Culture and Mental Health Laboratory Ann Arbor, MI
Research Assistant May 2014 – Present
PI: Joseph P. Gone, PhD. Doctoral research assistant for numerous projects including a pilot traditional spirituality program for American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan and multiple systematic reviews related to indigenous mental health. Activities included interview design and survey instrument design, participant observation and interviews, and thematic analysis of interviews.

Child Trauma and Violence Laboratory Ann Arbor, MI
Data Manager September 2014 – Present
PI: Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, PhD. Coordinated data entry for an evaluation of the Alaska Kids’ Club, a trauma-focused intervention for women and children in domestic violence shelters in Alaska. Activities included database creation and maintenance, supervising research assistants, reporting to PI and partners, quantitative data analysis, and manuscript preparation.

School of Social Work Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate Student Research Assistant September 2013 – February 2015
PI: Sandra L. Momper, MSW, PhD. Assisted with multiple phases of a suicide project designed to improve suicide prevention and mental health services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth, including a Community Readiness Assessment, survey instrument design for use with AI/AN and other ethnically diverse youth, translation of instruments from English to Spanish, conducting suicide screens, coding qualitative data, thematic analysis of qualitative data, and manuscript preparation.

SUsTAIn Working Group Ann Arbor, MI
Project Coordinator May 2014 – November 2014
PI: Joseph P. Gone, PhD. The Substance Use Treatment Among American Indians (SUsTAIn) group was formed from the AI/AN Scholars Workgroup of the National Institute on Drug Abuse which convened in 2012, to develop culturally relevant, evidence-based substance abuse treatment programs for AI/AN communities. Provided logistical support for meetings designed to improve collaboration and grant writing for research to improve substance-abuse services for AI/AN people.

Honors Program in Sociology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI.
Principal Investigator January 2005 – April 2006
Conducted a mixed-methods independent study on the relationship between professional identity and support for non-tenure-track faculty unions; surveyed one-hundred non-tenure track and conducted follow-up interviews.

Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) Ann Arbor, MI
Research Assistant and Program Coordinator January 2004 – April 2006
Co-coordinated a team of students for social demography projects and analysis of U.S. census data; prepared census data for public consumption through the websitecensusscope.org; wrote and edited materials on American Indian and Latino populations for a demographic atlas of the United States.

Clinical and Community Experience

American Indian Health and Family Services Detroit, MI, USA
MSW/PhD Clinical Intern January 2013 – May 2014
Provided weekly individual therapy, crisis intervention, and case management for adult clients
with issues of trauma, substance abuse, and other co-occurring disorders. Completed psychosocial
assessments and case notes; participated in case management meetings and assisted in
writing two grant applications to develop culturally appropriate services for trauma survivors.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) San Salvador, El Salvador
Information Assistant February 2010 – June 2012
Drafted and edited public documents regarding USAID environmental, economic, disaster relief, democracy, health, and education programs in El Salvador and Central America; translated documents from Spanish to English and vice-versa; assisted in public event planning; provided press support to public officials; prepared materials for the USAID/El Salvador website.

Center for Exchange and Solidarity San Salvador, El Salvador
English School and Promotions Coordinator June 2007 – February 2010
Coordinated all aspects of an English school for adult learners that integrated English as a Second Language (ESL) learning and social justice topics; recruited, selected, and trained volunteers in popular education and ESL; received student applications, interviewed applicants, and selected students for admissions; coordinated educational trips to historical and cultural sites.

Montana Legal Services Association Billings, MT
Consumer Law Education AmeriCorps*VISTA June 2006 – June 2007
Assessed community need and began development of a community-based consumer rights education program with a focus on the city of Billings and the Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations; met with potential partners to gauge interest and current resources; developed educational materials on bankruptcy and legal rights concerning payday and auto loans.

Additional Clinical Trainings

American Indian Health and Family Services Detroit, MI
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) August – October 2013

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) April – May 2013

Medical University of South Carolina Online Webinar
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) March 2013

American Indian Health and Family Services Detroit, MI
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) January 2013

American Indian Health and Family Services Detroit, MI
Cultural Competency November 2012

Awards and Honors

Department of Psychology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Diversity Research Award – $1,000 March 2018

Center for Education of Women, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Joan P. Ireland Scholarship – $4,500 June 2017

Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Rackham Debt Management Award (for public service) – $10,000 June 2017

School of Social Work, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
W.K. Kellogg Family Fellow in Children and Families – $15,000 September 2015

School of Social Work, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Rackham Regents’ Fellowship – $28,000 + tuition May 2012

Grants

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Amount: $4,500 August 2016 – August 2018
Trauma, Loss, and Resilience in the Indian Residential
School System of Canada
Role: Principal Investigator. Graduate student research grant to defray costs of dissertation research on trauma, loss, and resilience among First Nations Canadians who attended Indian Residential Schools, as well as the creation of a database of testimonies from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

The Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Garrett Lee Smith State & Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Detroit, MI
Manidookewigashkibjigan-Sacred Bundle:
RESPECT Project 1 and 2
$3,680,000 Sept. 2014 – August 2019
$1,440,000, Completed August 2010 – August 2013
Role: Research Assistant. PI: Ashley Tuomi, DrSc, MPHA, American Indian Health and Family Services, Inc. (AIHFS); C0-PI: Sandra L. Momper, MSW, PhD, University of Michigan School of Social Work. This project services primarily American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth ages 10-24 in Detroit and Southeastern MI and partners with MI Tribes to provide evidence-based practice interventions and treatment strategies as well as culturally-infused practice-based evidence to expand the safety net of suicide prevention and intervention for urban AI/ANs.

Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society Ann Arbor, MI
Developing Culturally Relevant, Evidence-Based Substance
Abuse Treatment for American Indian Communities
$22,507, Completed January 2013 – Dec. 2014
Role: Project Coordinator. PI: Joe Gone, PhD, University of Michigan Department of Psychology
This grant brought together mental health researchers with experience working in American Indian communities in order to examine available evidence-based treatments for substance abuse treatment and develop culturally relevant interventions for AI communities.

Ethel and James Flinn Foundation Detroit, MI
G’wiidanokiindimi ezhiminobimaadiziwaad –
All of Us Are Working Together so They Can Live Well”
$100,000, Completed July 2013 – July 2014
Role: Grant writer. Project Director: Tina Louise, American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast MI, Inc. Developed theoretical framework and acted as lead in writing project narrative. This project implemented culturally tailored trauma-focused substance abuse program for young adults in collaboration with county courts.

Office on Violence against Women of the Department of Justice Detroit, MI
“Bimaadizijig nagadaawendejig Project –
The Living People Looking Out for Each Other”
$150,000, Not funded June 2013
Role: Grant writer. Project Director: Tina Louise, American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast MI, Inc. Assisted in writing project narrative to improve culturally competent services for AI/AN survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence through training, coordinating with local response agencies, and providing traditional healing.

Professional Memberships

  • International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • Trauma Psychology, APA Div. 56
  • Society for Community Research and Action, APA Div. 27
  • Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honors Society

Service

Peer Review

Mentored Ad-hoc Peer Reviewer, Psychological Services (2016)

Committees

Admissions Committee Representative (2017-2018), U of M Department of Psychology

Interim Job Club Coordinator (2017), U of M School of Social Work

Supervisory Committee Representative (2015 – 2016), U of M School of Social Work

Faculty Allies for Diversity Assistant (2014-2015), U of M School of Social Work

Diversity Committee Representative (2013 – 2014), U of M School of Social Work

Participant, International Social Work Student Organization (2012), U of M School of Social Work

Languages

English – First language
Spanish – Speak, read, and write fluently

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