Meenakshi Richardson

Haliwa-Saponi Tribe

Meenakshi Richardson (Minosa’ins), MS, MPH, is a citizen of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe and Asian Indian. She has worked alongside Indigenous populations both Tribal and urban, having supported and led programming surrounding health and human services, community-based research, and Indigenous informed systems of care. She is currently a Prevention Science PhD student within the department of Human Development at Washington State University. She pursues reciprocal collaborations and knowledge sharing through a cultural and integrative lens to address intergenerational trauma, resource access, racial equity, and social justice in partnership with Indigenous and communities of color. Additionally, her research practice and specialty interests surround trauma transmission among Indigenous populations via the caregiver-child dyad and how these relationships prevent adverse behavioral health outcomes such as toxic stress, suicide, and substance use through strengths-based intervention strategies. She is a Native Children’s Research Exchange Scholar (cohort 11) and currently a graduate student intern with the Center for Indigenous Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Throughout this work, she has been guided by her own lived experience to center Indigenous knowledge and cultural strengths as the focal point of care and growth in research praxis.