felicia hodge, dr.p.h.

Felicia Hodge, Dr.P.H.


UCLA School of Nursing

UCLA Factor Building, 5-940


Felicia Schanche Hodge is a member of the Wailaki Tribe in Northern California. She attended UC Berkeley for her masters and doctorate in Public Health. She currently holds a joint position as Professor in the School of Nursing and Professor in the School of Public Health at UCLA. She is the director of the UCLA School of Nursing T32 pre- and post-doctoral training program and is the founder and director of the Center for American Indian/Indigenous Research & Education (CAIIRE) that supports research, evaluation, policy development, education, planning, and prevention service activities. She previously served as the Chair of the UCLA American Indian Studies Interdisciplinary Program and co-Chair of the Native Research Network (a national advocacy organization). She served as a member of the NIH-NINR National Advisory Council and currently appointed to the National Institute of Medicine (2016-2020). The NIH as continuously funded her research projects and training grants since 1990. As the Principal Investigator for several large R01 research projects, she is well-experienced in leading training, education and research projects, particularly those targeting AI/AN health issues including prevention (screening for cervical and breast cancer), diet and nutrition, smoking cessation, wellness concepts, diabetes, cancer pain self-management and environmental issues. Her research covers areas of developing and testing culturally sensitive intervention models for AI/AN populations. Publications include a prevalence study and cessation intervention at 14 American Indian clinics in California; an analysis of urban/rural smoking patterns; culturally sensitive interventions; and the cultural concepts of pain and chronic illness. The self-management of pain, barriers to cancer symptom management, and the improvement of communication and patient advocacy are more recent research topics. Her research covers areas of developing and testing culturally sensitive intervention models for vulnerable populations. Dr. Hodge teaches classes in research methods, ethnics, and AI/AN healthcare. She continues as a consultant to Tribes, AI/AN research projects, and Tribal Colleges.