Dr. Belcourt-Dittloff was a particpant in the TRiO Upward Bound program from Browning High School from 1989 to 1992 and went on to participate in the TRiO Student Support Services program while completing her Undergraduate degree at The University of Montana.
Dr. Belcourt-Dittloff (Otter Woman) is an American Indian Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana’s Pharmacy Practice and School of Public and Community Health Sciences Departments (enrolled tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes: Tribal affiliation Blackfeet, Chippewa, Mandan & Hidatsa). Her doctorate is in clinical psychology and her research and clinical practice priorities include mental health disparities, trauma, posttraumatic stress reactions, risk, resiliency, and psychiatric disorder within the cultural context of American Indian communities. She has provided clinical services to diverse clientele across the developmental lifespan in a variety of settings. She completed internship training with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, working with veterans and addressing post-trauma reactions. She has also worked within community health centers, public schools, and campus counseling centers.
Dr. Belcourt-Dittloff has conducted multiple, grant-funded, collaborative research projects with American Indian communities having recently completed a four year postdoctoral faculty appointment with the University of Colorado Denver’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. These experiences have provided advanced knowledge in both quantitative and qualitative analysis aimed at the investigation of mental health among American Indians. Topics of concentration have included posttraumatic stress disorder, trauma, cultural resiliency, spirituality, adversarial or posttraumatic growth, and psychosocial factors involved in depression and suicidal ideation/risk. She has presented her research findings to numerous national conferences and tribal communities and has published in peer reviewed journals including Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, and Educational and Psychological Measurement. She is past or current member of the Indian Health Service’s Behavioral Health Workgroup, YWCA Missoula, Montana Traumatic Brain Injury Center, Montana Geriatric Education Center, and is a research consultant/collaborator with the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council.