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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

Dr. Hodge holds a joint position as Professor in the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health. Dr. Hodge has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1990 and has conducted research with American Indian groups in California, Arizona, Minnesota, and Northern Plains area. Her focus of research is on chronic health conditions, health beliefs and behaviors among American Indian/Alaska Native and Indigenous populations. Projects included: (1) examining the cultural constructs of pain and cancer related symptoms among AIAN cancer survivors; (2) developed and evaluates colorectal cancer screening materials for American Indian in California; (3) tests smoking cessation interventions; (4) and examined knowledge, attitudes and preferences for HPV vaccinations among American Indian college students. In past years she received 6 R01 research grants from the NIH to study areas of wellness, diabetes, nutrition, tobacco control and cervical cancer screening and barriers to care among AI/ANs. She has 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 also served as 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


N295A, SPH/AIS M168, C268, 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 Doctoral Fellowship, 1988, Alcohol Research Center - 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, NINR, 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"
2013-2015 Co-Chair, Native Research Network, Inc. (NRN) (a national advocacy group of AI/AN/NH and other indigenous groups seeking to insure integrity in research).


Hodge, F., Nandi, K., Cadogan, M., Itty, T., Warda, U., Martinez, F., & Quan, A. (accepted, 2015). Predictors of pain management among American Indian cancer survivors. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.

Hodge, F., Itty, T.L., Cadogan, M.P., & Martinez, F. (2015). The cultural constructs of cancer-related fatigue among American Indian cancer survivors. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. E-publication.

Hodge, F., & Bathke, T. (2015). Conducting Focus Groups in American Indian Communities. Journal of Disparities Research & Practice, E-publication.

Halpin, A., Hodge, F., & Chui, P. (2015). Older adults research in acute care – Breaking the Barriers. Commentary, California Journal for Health Promotion, Vol 13, Issue 1, vi-x.

Hodge, F. (2014). American Indian male college students’ perception and knowledge of human papillomavirus. Journal of Vaccine and Vaccination, 5(2). doi: 10.4172/2157-7560.1000222.

Palacios, J., Salem, B., Hodge, F., Abarran, C., Anaebere, A., & Hayes-Bautista, T. (2014). Storytelling as a qualitative tool for promoting health among vulnerable populations. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. doi: 10.1177/1043659614524253.

Hodge, F., Stemmler, M.S., & Nandy, K. (2014). . Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy, 4, 1000208. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000208. PMC4236913.

Itty, T.L., Hodge, F.S., & Martinez, F. (2014). Shared and unshared barriers to cancer symptom management among urban and rural American Indians. Journal of Rural Health, 30(2), 206-213. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12045. PMC3974161.

Hodge, F, Line-Itty, T, and Ellenwood, C. (2014). Communication Pathways: HPV Information and Message Barriers Reported among American Indian College Students. California Journal of Health Promotion, 12:3, 14-23.

Tyler, D., Nyamathi, A., Stein, J.A., Koniak-Griffin, D., Hodge, F., & Gelberg, F. (2013). Increasing hepatitis C knowledge among homeless adults: Results of a community-based, interdisciplinary intervention. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 41(1), 37-49. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9333-3.

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, 21:2, 48-44.

Itty, T.L., Hodge, F., Poitra, C.M., & Cardoza, B. (2012). HPV awareness among American Indian young adults: Implications for health education in adolescents. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 21(4), 123-129.  

Hodge, F. (2012). No meaningful apology for American Indian unethical research. Journal of Ethics and Behavior, 22(6), 431-444. doi: 10.1080/10508422.2012.73078.

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.

Beaton, C., Hodge, F., Nyamathi, A., Weinreb, A., Mays, V., & Maliski, S. (2012). Male veterans living within pendulum: Swings of rheumatoid arthritis pain: A qualitative study. California Journal of Health Promotion, 10(1), 44-55. PMC4270000

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. Journal 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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