Irene Vernon, Ph.D.

E-mail: Irene.Vernon@colostate.edu
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: ETST 510 Ethnicity, Race, and Health Disparities in the U.S., ETST 438 Native American Literature, ETST 240 Native American Cultural Experience

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. Dr. Vernon is trained in Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies and throughout the years has engaged in ethnic studies programs reviews and serves as a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals and presses. As well, Dr. Vernon has worked in the field of Native Americans and HIV/AIDS for several decades and has held membership in several professional health societies such as the Racial and Ethnic Populations Ad Hoc Committee, National Institute of Health, Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Council, Colorado HIV Prevention Advisory Committee, and Colorado HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Coalition. In FY 2014, she participated in the Racial Ethnic Populations planning group to develop the FY2015 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research through co-chairing of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Planning Group. Dr. Vernon also provided capacity building assistance aimed at mobilizing Native communities around HIV/AIDS prevention throughout the United States for several years. She currently serves on the Scientific and Community Leadership Council for the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Vernon 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, with a recent focus on health disparities among Native American and Hawaiian transgender populations.

Selected Publications:


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.