Teshia G Solomon

Ph.D.

Tribal Affiliation: Choctaw Nation

Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Solomon is Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona and was appointed Co-Director of the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) in June 2007. She has over eighteen years experience in health-related research and training involving Native American students in public health. She is Principal Investigator and Director of the Faculty and Student Research Development program of the American Indian Research Centers for Health (AIRCH5) as well as Director of the Research Core. She serves as Co-Investigator and Co-Director of the Native American Cancer Program research training initiative and as a co-Investigator on the Community Outreach component with the Arizona Cancer Center.

As Co-Investigator for the Arizona Study Center of the National Children’s Study (DHHS Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), she is responsible for the Tribal community engagement component. She is a founding member and Past Co-Chair of the Native Research Network, Inc. She previously served as the Director of the Southern Plains Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center at the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board. She has been a Fellow at Northwest Portland Indian Health Board, NARCH, and a National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar.  She has published research in cervical cancer prevention and control and is a co-author of two papers in the 2008 supplement to Cancer on AIAN cancer. She is currently editing a book on the ethical conduct of research in Native American communities. Dr. Solomon has mentored students as a faculty member for more than 10 years and has promoted research development by pursuing and providing funds for students to attend the annual American Public Health Association meeting and the annual Native Health Research conference. She has mentored over 20 graduate public health students.


Degrees

  • Ph.D. Kinesiology and Health Education
    • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States
    • The Psychosocial Correlates of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Young American Indian Women
  • M.S. Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Sciences
    • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
  • B.S. Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    • Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma

Work Experience

  • National Cancer Institute (2012 - 2015)
  • Arizona Cancer Center (2009 - Ongoing)
  • Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board (2005 - 2007)
  • University of Texas, School of Public Health (1999 - 2005)
  • Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (1999 - 2005)
  • University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health (1998 - 1999)
  • Prevention Center for Native American Research (1995 - 1998)
  • Program Support Services (1993 - 1994)
  • Tribes, Tribal Organizations and State Health Depts. (1992 - Ongoing)
  • University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health - University Center at Tulsa (1992 - 1997)
  • American Heart Association (1984 - 1992)

Awards

  • City of Tucson, Certificate of Recognition
    • City of Tucson, Spring 2019
  • University Distinguished Outreach Faculty
    • University of Arizona Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Spring 2019
  • Legislative Proclomation
    • State of Arizona Congress, Spring 2018
  • National Award for Public Health Innovation
    • National Indian Health Board, Spring 2018
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
    • Office of the Honorable Congressman, Raul Grijalva, Spring 2017

Interests: 

• Cancer prevention and control through health promotion and health policy Indigenous ways of knowing.
• Eliminating health disparities Community driven research and engagement.