Curriculum Vitae

 
Professional ​
info​​

I am a social and information scientist with interests in health informatics, Indigenous health and wellness, and research results dissemination in a tribal context. 

Software Skills

Atlas.ti 

Endnote

Microsoft Office 

Sharepoint

SPSS 

Tableau

Work​
experience​

Researcher                                                                                                   

July 2013-present

Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Assisted PIs in grant proposal writing and grant reporting.

  • Assisted PIs in the development of data collection instruments.

  • Recruited participants for qualitative and quantitative research studies.

  • Moderated focus groups and conduct interviews.

  • Lead site-specific recruitment and data collection activities for an alcohol contingency management RCT.

  • Administered quantitative surveys.

  • Conducted descriptive quantitative analyses.

  • Conducted qualitative analyses.

  • Developed research reports, manuscripts and other research dissemination materials.

  • Submitted IRB protocol packages for review.

  • Conducted extensive literature searches and reviews.

  • Provided research support to research director and principal investigators.

  • Disseminated research results to community and scientific audiences through presentations, written articles and manuscripts.

 

Evaluator                                                                                                     

May 2015-August 2018

Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Evaluated Southcentral Foundation and partner activities for a SAMHSA GLS cross-site evaluation on youth suicide prevention.

 

Evaluator/Research Manager                                                                

January 2009-January 2014

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Anchorage, Alaska

Evaluator:

  • Managed a SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Chronic Homeless Alcohol Branch (CHAB) program evaluation.

  • Developed annual and supplemental evaluation reports for program and funder.

  • Presented evaluation results to program staff and at professional conferences.

  • Conducted qualitative and descriptive quantitative analyses.

  • Conducted semi-structured interviews with program staff and participants in Anchorage, AK.

  • Observed lifeskills curriculum delivery for fidelity and participant satisfaction.

  • Worked with a CSAT CHAB evaluators’ workgroup to develop a review document on culturally relevant evaluation measures and resources.

  • Participated in the American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program from 2010-2011.

         

 Research Manager:

  • Trained over 20 local data collection coordinators on a multi-component RCT substance abuse prevention research study.

  • Provided technical support and data collection coordination for 20 local data coordinators.

  • Conducted descriptive quantitative analyses.

  • Managed complex research databases.

  • Conducted over 150 semi-structured interviews in both Anchorage, AK and in 18 rural Alaskan communities across the state.

  • Managed cross-site data collection in rural Alaskan communities throughout the state of Alaska.

  • Submitted IRB applications and renewals.

  • Submitted annual NIH grant progress reports.

  • Assisted in NIH grant proposal writing.

 

Evaluator                                                                                                     

March 2013-October 2013

San Jose State University, Telecommute

  • Provided support on a community evaluation project for the San Jose State University Circle of Learning scholarship program.

  • Attended two site visits (Pine Ridge, Yakama) and co-interviewed 12 participants to evaluate the impact of a library and information science scholarship program on services provided by scholarship program students working in a tribal library setting.

  • Co-authored an evaluation report.

 

Research Associate                                                                                        April 2007-January 2009

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Collected observational data on lifeskills training curriculum.

  • Conducted qualitative observation analyses on over 75 video-recorded substance abuse prevention curriculum sessions.

  • Developed annual and supplemental evaluation reports.

  • Presented evaluation results to program staff and at professional conferences.

  • Performed data preparation and cleaning.

  • Managed research databases.

  • Conducted qualitative interviews.

         

Research Associate                                                                                         May 2006-September 2007

Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Recruited and enrolled participants into a tobacco research study.

  • Provided research support to Research Director.      

 

Research Professional I                                                                                   June 2005-September 2006

Mind Matters Research, Anchorage, Alaska 

  • Entered and processed quantitative data.

  • Designed a participant workbook used as part of a mind-body clinical trial for breast cancer patients.

  • Prepared data collection packets and data management files.

  • Conducted a case study analysis of clinical trial participants’ intervention activity data.

  • Assisted in focus groups.

  • Transcribed focus groups.

  • Conducted cancer and mind-body health-related literature searches.

 

Research Associate                                                                                         September 2004-September 2006

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Provided research support to the Director of the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center.

  • Coordinated a GIS for Public Health training.

  • Collected pediatric anthropometric measurements.

  • Conducted descriptive analysis on pediatric anthropometric data.

  • Submitted annual IRB renewals.

  • Supported development of health promotion materials and community outreach activities.

 

Research Assistant                                                                                          June 2004-September 2004

Alaska Native Health Board, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Provided research support to the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center staff.

 

Anthropology Intern                                                                               

May 2002-August 2002

Museum of the Aleutians, Unalaska, Alaska

  • Processed lithic and faunal material from a midden site for artifact cataloging and storage.

  • Conserved museum items for display in the museum’s permanent collection.

  • Cataloged WWII photographs and military paraphernalia from the Aleutian Campaign.

  • Assisted museum patrons with entry and museum store purchases.

Languages

HTML/CSS - Intermediate

R - Beginner

Education

University of Washington             

2018 -  present                            

Ph.D. (Information Science)

Information School

 

San Jose State University             

2011-2013                        

MLIS (Library & Information Science)

School of Library and Information Science

 

Northern Arizona University         

2006-2008                        

MAdm (Administration-Health Science)

Department of Social and Behavioral Science      

                                                                  

University of New Mexico             

1997-2003                        

BA (Anthropology-Ethnology)

Department of Anthropology

Professional ​
Service

Community Enrichment Coordinator, 2019-present

University of Washington Information School, Doctoral Student Association

Advisory Board Member, 2017-present

EBSCO Indigenous Studies Database

 

User Group Member, 2016-present

National Library of Medicine American Indian Health Web Portal    

 

Ad Hoc Reviewer,  2016-present

Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action         

                                                             

Field Grant Reviewer,  2013                                                            

Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Native American Enhancement Grants  

                                                             

Advisory Board Member, 2006-2012                                                    

Native Health Library Databases                                                                       

Honors/
Awards

GO-MAP Presidential Fellowship, University of Washington, 2018

Janette Elmer Fellowship, American Indian Graduate Center, 2018

The Aleut Foundation Scholarship, The Aleut Foundation, 2018, 2011-2013, 2006-2008

ANTHC Health Scholarship, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2018

Living our Values Award, Southcentral Foundation, 2016

Student of the Year, The Aleut Corporation, 2011

Circle of Learning Scholar, San Jose State University, 2011-2013​

Thesis Presentation Travel Grant Award, Northern Arizona University, 2008

Northern Arizona University Foundation Scholarship Award, Northern Arizona University, 2007

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lgdirks (at) uw.edu

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