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Teresa LaFromboise


Teresa LaFromboise is counseling psychologist by training and a professor of education in Developmental and Psychological Sciences in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her research has focused on efforts of non-dominant racial/ethnic groups to thrive in the face of adversity including acculturation demands, discrimination, and major life challenges. She has extensive experience in developing and testing school and community-based psychological interventions with AIAN adolescents, as exemplified in the American Indian Life Skills Curriculum (AILS). She has long-standing collaborations with tribal communities in the area of AI/AN mental health and education. She contributes to the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado School of Public Health and the Child Health Research Institute in the Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to extensive clinical experience with AI/AN populations, she directs the Native American Studies program in the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford. She is a past-President of the Society of Indian Psychologists. Within the American Psychological Association she is past-President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, past-President of the Section on Alaska Native, Native American and Indigenous Women Psychologists, Fellow of Divisions 17, 35, and 45, and has served on the Committee on Rural Health. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Professor LaFromboise is currently advising research in a community-based collaborative study of the mental health and food security needs of Native American early adolescents attending secondary schools in a multi-reservation setting.

Other Titles

Professor, Graduate School of Education
Member, Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)

Research Interests

Child Development | Diversity and Identity | Equity in Education | Leadership and Organization | Parents and Family Issues | Poverty and Inequality | Psychology | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Emotional Learning

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Recent Publications

LaFromboise, T., Rosales, O., & Hosseini, Z. (2023). Effects of bicultural competence and racial identity on intrinsic motivation: The mediating role of belonging to Native American tribal colleges. CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 74.

Mpofu, J. J., Crosby, A., Flynn, M. A., LaFromboise, T., Iskander, J., Hall, J. E., … Thorpe, P. (2022). Preventing Suicidal Behavior Among American Indian and Alaska Native Adolescents and Young Adults. Public Health Reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), 333549221108986.

Neville, H. A., Ruedas-Gracia, N., Lee, B. A., Ogunfemi, N., Maghsoodi, A. H., Mosley, D., … Fine, M. (2021). The Public Psychology for Liberation Training Model: A Call to Transform the Discipline. AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST, 76(8), 1248–1265.

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