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Felicia Hodge, Dr.P.H.

Location: 5-940 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 267-2255
E-mail: fhodge@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Chronic health conditions, health beliefs and behaviors among American Indian/Alaska Native and Indigenous populations. Projects: (1) examines the cultural constructs of pain and cancer related symptoms among AIAN cancer survivors; (2) develops and evaluates colorectal cancer screening materials for American Indian 44 clinics in California; (3) tests smoking cessation interventions; (4) and examines knowledge, attitudes and preferences for HPV vaccinations among American Indian college students. Served as the Chair of the American Indian Studies (BA/MA) program, is the PI/Director of the NINR Ruth Kirschstein T32 Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowship program, and is the Director of the Center for American Indian/Indigenous Research and Education (CAIIRE). Dr. Hodge is also the Co-Chair of the Native Research Network, Inc. a national advocacy organization of AI/AN researchers.
Clinical: American Indian health and healthcare, health behavior intervention strategies, cultural competencies, health disparities


N212, AIS M202, N299A, N200B, N299C


Sonoma State College, Cotati, CA, BA, 1974, Sociology
University of California at Berkeley, MPH, 1976, Public Health
University of California at Berkeley, DrPH, 1987, Public Health
University of California at Berkeley, Post Doc Fellowship, 1988, Alcohol Research - University of California at Berkeley

Honors and Awards

2005-2007 California Breast Cancer Research Council (CBCRC) University of California UCOP
2005 Founding Board Member, Native American Community Clinic, Minneapolis, MN. (2005)
2005 Recognition Award for founding member of the Native Research Network, Inc. (2005).
2005-2009 Member, National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
2006 Distinguished Guest Faculty of the 3rd Annual Spit Tobacco Summit, Mayo Clinic, MN
2007 - 2010 Appointed to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Advisory Council CARRA (Consumer Advocates in Research and Related Activities)
2008 Featured in Magazine, ADVANCE for Nurses Magazine
2010 Member, AHRQ Expert Group member on 'Women's Health and Gender-Sensitive Research".


Hodge, F.S., Maliski, S., Itty, T., and Martinez, F. (accepted, 2012). Colorectal cancer screening: The role of perceived susceptibility, risk and cultural illness beliefs among American Indians. Journal of Cultural Diversity.

Itty, T.L., Hodge, F., Poitra, C.M., and Cardoza, B. (accepted, 2012). HPV awareness among American Indian young adults: implications for health education in adolescents. Journal of Cultural Diversity.

Hodge, FS, Line, TL, Cadogan, ME, and Martinez, F. (2012). “Weaving Balance into Life”: Development and cultural adaptation of a cancer symptom management toolkit for Southwest American Indians. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 6(2), 182-188. PMC3322251.

Hodge, F., Itty, T., Cardoza, B., Samuel-Nakamura, C. (2011). HPV Vaccine Readiness among American Indian College Students. Ethnicity and Disease. 21 (4), 415-420.

Hodge, F., & Nandy, K. (2011). Predictors of wellness and American Indians. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 22(3), 791-803. PMC3287368.

Hodge F, Nandy K. (2011). Factors associated with American Indian cigarette smoking in rural settings. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8, 944-54. PMC3118872.

Hodge, F., Bellanger, P. & Norman, C. (2011) Organ Donation and Transplantation: A Dialogue with American Indian Healers and Western Healthcare Providers. Jrnl of American Indian Culture & Research. 35(3). 79-90.

Hodge, F. Maliski, S., Cadogan, M., Itty, T.L., Cardoza, B. (2010). Learning how to ask: reflections on engaging American Indian research participants in qualitative research. Commentary. Journal of American Indian Culture & Research, 34(4), 77-90. PMC 3302686.

Hodge, F., Geishirt Cantrell, B., & Kim, S. (2010). Health status and socio-demographic characteristics of the morbidly obese American Indian. Ethnicity & Disease; 21(1):52-57, PMC 3092741.

Hodge, F., & Sinha, K. (2010). Safer sexual practices and HIV screening behavior among rural California American Indians. California Journal of Health Promotion. 8(1), 10-21. PMC3102512.

Johnson, S.R., Finifrock, D., Marshall, C.A., Jaakola, J., Setterquist, J., Burross, H.L., Hodge, F.S. (2010). Cancer, employment, and American Indians: A pilot study. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. 54(3) 175–180, E-publication: http://rcb.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/08/30/0034355210380143.

Greengold, B., Nyamathi, A., Kominski, G., Wiley, D., Lewis, D., Hodge, F., Singer, M., Spiegel, B. (2009). Cost-effectiveness analysis of behavioral interventions to improve vaccination compliance in homeless adults. Vaccine, 27(5),718-725.

Hodge, F.S. & Kotkin-Jaszi, S.T. (2009). California Wellness Study: American Indians and Obesity. California Journal of Health Promotion, 7, 118-124. PMC3102514.

Hodge, FS. (2009). Breast cancer–screening behavior among rural California American Indian women. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 33(3):35-42.

Hodge, F., & Struthers, R. (Winter, 2006). Persistent smoking among Northern Plains Indians: Lenient attitudes, low harm value and partiality towards cigarette smoking. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 13(4), 181-185.

Packer, MM, Kaur, JS, Hodge, FS, Nan, B, Trapp, MA, Roubidoux, MA. (2005). A Survey of Attendees at Native American Health Care Conferences: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices about Cigarette Smoking. Journal of Cancer Education, 20(2):89-95.

Geishirt Cantrell, B.A., Hodge, F.S., Struthers, R., & DeCora, L.H. (2005). The High Incidence of Cigarette Smoking Among American Indians of the Northern Plains. Journal of Cancer Education, 20, 97-100.

Hodge, F, Geishirt B, Struthers R., Casken, J. (2004). American Indian Internet cigarette sales: Another avenue for selling tobacco products. American Journal of Public Health, 94(2), 260-261. PMC14482309.

Struthers, R., Savik, K., & Hodge, FS, (2004). American Indian women and cardiovascular disease: Response behaviors to chest pain. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 19(3), 158-163. PMC3106303.

Hodge, FS, Pasqua, A, Marquez, CA, Geishirt-Cantrell, B. (January 2002). Utilizing traditional storytelling to promote wellness in American Indian communities. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 13(1), 6-11.

Hodge, F, Weinmann, S, and Roubideaux, Y. (2000). Recruitment of American Indians and Alaska Natives into clinical trials. Annals of Epidemiology, 10(8 suppl), S41-S48.

Hodge, F, Casken, J. (1999). American Indian breast cancer project: Educational development and implementation, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 23(3), 205-215.

Hodge, F, Stubbs, H. (1999). Talking circles: Increasing cancer knowledge among American Indian women, Cancer Research and Therapy, 8, 103-111.

Hodge, F, Stubbs, H, Gurgin, V, Fredericks, L. (1998). Cervical cancer screening: Knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of American Indian women, Cancer, 83(S8), 1799-1804.

Hodge, F, Fredericks, L, Kipnis, P. (1996). Urban rural contrasts, patient and smoking patterns in Northern California American Indian clinics, Cancer, 78(S7), 1623-1628.

Hodge, F, Fredericks, L, Rodriguez, B. (1996). American Indian women’s talking circle: A cervical cancer screening and prevention project, Cancer, 78(S7), 1592-1597.

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