Dr. Nicolette Teufel-Shone, professor and director of family and child in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is one of three US Scholars selected to receive this year’s prestigious Fulbright Canada and the Norlien Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chair Award in Brain Science, and Child and Family Health and Wellness. This award allows extraordinary American scholars and top-tier applied researchers to engage in a residential exchange experience and conduct collaborative research with host universities in Canada. Based on current brain science related to the effects of toxic stress on children, families, and lifelong health and wellness outcomes, the award seeks to support research and scientific collaboration that directly impact health outcomes for children and families.
Dr. Teufel-Shone will serve as a Fulbright Canada and the Norlien Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at the University of Alberta (August to December, 2015), where she will conduct research, entitled “Fostering Strategies to Build Indigenous Youth Resilience.” She will work with scholars at the University of Alberta and Indigenous communities outside of Yellowknife located in the Northwest Territories of Canada to identify community and family processes that support healthy youth. The objective of her research is to recognize and leverage community assets to develop action plans to foster indigenous youth resilience and health. Dr. Teufel-Shone is director of the Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR) at Arizona.