Danica Love Brown

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Danica Love Brown, MSW, CACIII, PhD, is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma born and raised in Northern New Mexico. Dr. Brown is the Behavioral Health Programs Director at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and has worked as a mental health and substance abuse counselor, social worker and youth advocate for over 25 years. She has a history of working in the areas of prevention, drug and alcohol/mental health treatment, community and restorative justice, and sexual health with Native American and adjudicated youth. She specializes in working with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations and Tribal communities. Dr. Brown is an Indigenous Wellness Research Institute ISMART fellow alumni and current INSPIRE fellow, Council of Social Work Education, Minority Fellowship Program fellow alumni and Northwest Native American Research Center for Health, fellow alumni. Her research has focused on Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Decolonizing Methodologies to address historical trauma and health disparities in Tribal communities and she loves puppies.