Indian Country

Child Trauma Center




Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD - is trained as a child psychologist, and she is an associate professor directing the Native American Programs at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at OUHSC. Funded since 1994 by the Children’s Bureau, she has directed Project Making Medicine and from 2003 she has directed the Indian Country Child Trauma Center where she was instrumental in the cultural adapted interventions of evidence based treatments. Under her guidance, four EBTs were adapted for American Indian and Alaska Native families in Indian Country titled the Honoring Children Series. One of the four is Honoring Children, Making Relatives, a cultural adaptation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, for use with AI/AN children and their families. It incorporates AI/AN teachings, practices, rituals, traditions, and cultural orientation while maintaining the guiding principles and theory of PCIT.Dr. BigFoot has over 15 published articles and chapters, including the lead author of the recent publication, “Adapting Evidence-Based Treatments for Use with American Indians and Native Alaskan Children and Youth.” Dr. BigFoot has served as PI on thirteen federally funded projects. Another distinction has been her service on the SAMHSA/CMHS National Advisory Council, National Network to Eliminate Health Disparities, and on the working groups for the Indian Health Service and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. She was selected to attend the White House conference on children’s mental health, is Past President of the Society of Indian Psychologists. She serves as an advisor to the home visitation tribal grantees and the NRC4Tribes both funded by the Children’s Bureau; these address various concerns dealing with child welfare issues with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal grantees. Dr. BigFoot has over 30 years of experience and is knowledgeable about the concerns of implementation and adaptation of evidenced based practices being introduced into Indian Country. She is well aware of the research, mental health, and sovereignty issues raised by tribes and tribal organizations. Her knowledge in providing improved and effective services to Indian Country is highly valued. 

Susan S. Schmidt, PhD

Susan R. Schmidt, PhD, a licensed Counseling Psychologist, is an Associate Professor at the  OUHSC Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. She has expertise in design, implementation and evaluation of clinical interventions in the areas of domestic violence, child trauma, adolescent illegal sexual behavior, and child maltreatment.  She is a national and international trainer in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She currently serves as the director of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services – funded Child Trauma Services program that provides statewide training and consultation to mental health treatment providers in evidence-based assessment and treatment interventions (including TF-CBT) for trauma-exposed children and families. Dr. Schmidt co-developed the TF-CBT adaptation for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families, Honoring Children – Mending the Circle, with fellow CCAN faculty member, Dr. Dolores Subia BigFoot.  Dr. Schmidt also serves as PI on a 5-year DHHS-funded Regional Partnership Grant to enhance outcomes for children impacted by parental substance abuse. In addition to leading the grant’s research efforts, Dr. Schmidt is the lead developer of the New Directions group program curriculum for foster children impacted by parental substance abuse and their foster parents.


Jami Bartgis, PhD completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University and predoctoral internship at the University of South Florida Mental Health Institute. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and has spent her career working for both tribal and urban Indian communities. Dr. Bartgis is currently an Assistant Professor of Research at OUHSC and President and CEO of One Fire Associates, LLC, a system of care development and evaluation firm dedicated to community-based and participatory projects serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. In her previous position as Director of Technical Assistance and Research at the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) in Washington, DC, Dr. Bartgis provided technical assistance, research support, and policy development and capacity building for urban Indian health clinics and programs across the United States to improve the quality and accessibility of health care for American Indian and Alaska Native people living in urban areas. Highlights of her previous work include the development, implementation and evaluation of children's mental health systems; a range of community-based and participatory projects to advance health and environmental knowledge, policy and practice; and the honor of working with countless American Indian (tribal) youth and families as a clinical service provider, community-based researcher/evaluator, and in the development and advocacy of mental health service systems for her community.