Irene Vernon, Ph.D.
356 Aylesworth Hall SE
B.A. - University of California, Berkeley
M.A. - University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley
RESEARCH: Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Health Disparities, Native American Health, HIV/AIDS
TEACHING: Teaching: Native American History, Native American Cultural Expressions, Native American Contemporary Literature, Chicano/a Literature, Native American Religious History and Issues, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Ethnic Studies Research and Writing, and Ethnicity, Race and Health Disparities
Dr. Vernon is a Full Professor at Colorado State University, Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. She was appointed for the Fall 2009 term as the Associate Provost of Special Projects where she worked on a number of projects including developing family friendly resources and RAMS for Diversity activities. She is also committed to the discipline of Ethnic Studies and is an Executive Board member of the National Association for Ethnic Studies. Dr. Vernon his trained in Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies and throughout the years she has engaged in ethnic studies program reviews and serves as a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals and presses. As well, Dr. Vernon has membership in several professional health societies such as the National Association of Ethnic Studies, Racial and Ethnic Populations Ad Hoc Committee, National Institute of Health, and Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Council. She was appointed by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council from 2010-2012 and has recently been appointed by CO Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Coalition. She has been actively involved in the field of health for eighteen years and is the author of Killing Us Quietly: Native Americans and HIV/AIDS (2001) and several other journal articles. Her research area is Native American health, particularly HIV/AIDS with other sub interests in health disparities. Dr. Vernon also provides capacity building assistance aimed at mobilizing communities around HIV/AIDS prevention in Native communities throughout the United States.
Co-authored with Roe Bubar, 2006, Social Life and Issues, Comtemporary Native American Issues Series, New York: Chelsea Publishing. 130 pp., Non-Refereed.
Vernon, I., 2001, Killing Us Quietly: Native Americans and HIV/AIDS, Norman: University of Nebraska Press, 147 pp., Refereed.
Refereed Journal Articles
Vernon, Irene, 2012, “’We Were Those Who Walked out of Bullets and Hunger:’ Representation of Trauma and Healing in Solar Storms,” American Indian Quarterly 36 (Winter): 34-49.
Vernon, I. and Pamela Thurman, 2009, "Native American Women and HIV/AIDS: Building Healthier Communities," American Indian Quarterly 33: 352-372.
Vernon, I., 2007, "American Indian Women, HIV/AIDS and Health Disparities," Substance Use and Misuse: An International Interdisciplinary Forum 42: 741 - 752.
Thurman, P., Vernon, I. and Barbara Plested, 2007, "Advancing HIV/AIDS Prevention among American Indians through Capacity Building and Community Readiness Model". Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (January): S49 - S54.
Vernon, Irene and Pamela Thurman, 2005, "The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS Among Native Populations." Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 37 (September): 247-255.
Vernon, Irene, 2005, "'A happiness that sleeps with sadness': An Examination of White Scabs in Fools Crow." American Indian Quarterly 29 (Winter/Spring): 178-197.
Vernon, Irene and Pamela Jumper-Thurman, 2002, "Prevention of HIV/AIDS in Native Americans Communities: Promising Interventions," Public Health Reports 117: S96-S103.
Vernon, Irene, 2002, "Violence, HIV/AIDS and Native American Women in the 21st Century," American Indian Culture and Research Journal 26: 115-133.
Vernon, Irene and Roe Bubar, 2001, "Child Sexual Abuse and HIV/AIDS in Indian Country," Wicazo Sa Review 16: 47-63.
Vernon, Irene, 2000, "Myths and Facts of AIDS and Native American Women," American Indian Culture and Research Journal 24: 93-110.
Refereed Chapter in Books
Vernon, Irene, 2012, “HIV/AIDS Issues for Native Women.” In Health and Sociocultural Issues of Native American Women, eds. Jennie Joe and Francine C. Gachupin. CT:Praeger Press.
Bubar, Roe and Irene Vernon, 2003, "Native Perspective on Teaching Law and U.S. Policy: The Inclusion of Federal Indian Law and Policy in a College Curriculum." In Teaching Diversity: Challenges and Complexities, Identities and Integrity, eds. W. Timpson and S. Canetto, 153-168. Madison: Atwood Press, quoted in 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Diversity, eds. W. Timpson, R. Yang, E. Borrayo and S. Cannetto, 20, 22, 24, 32, 41, 45, 48, 51, 58-59, 65, 67-69, 75-77, Madison: Atwood Press, 2005.
Bubar, Roe and Irene Vernon, 2003, "Native Perspective on Teaching Law and U.S. Policy: The Inclusion of Federal Indian Law and Policy in a College Curriculum." In Teaching Diversity: Challenges and Complexities, Identities and Integrity, eds. W. Timpson and S. Canetto, 153-168. Madison: Atwood Press.
Books Review/Technical Reports/Video Reviews
Vernon, Irene and Pamela J Thurman, July 2009, "HIV.AIDS: Providing Care to American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Women," in HIV in Communities of Color: A Compendium of Culturally Competent Promising Practices, ed. Goulda A. Downer, 1-11, National Minority AIDS Education Training Center and Howard University College of Medicine, 1-59.
Nakai, Anno, Dennis Manuelito, Wesley K. Thomas, William L. Yarber, Robin Milhausen, James G. Anderson, and Irene Vernon, Editors, 2004, HIV/STD Prevention Guidelines for Americas Native Peoples: American Indians/Alaskan Natives/Native Hawaiians. Published by Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana University Press and National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, Oakland, CA., 75 pp., Refereed.
Vernon, Irene, 2000, Native Americans and HIV/AIDS Monograph, U.S. Department of Justice, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Norman: U.S. Government Printing, Refereed.