Pharmacy Practice Faculty/Staff Directory

Annjeanette Belcourt

Professor, Native American Studies Chair


Personal Summary

Dr. Belcourt (Otter Woman) is an American Indian Professor in the College of Health at the University of Montana's School of Public and Community Health Sciences Departments (enrolled tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes: affiliation Blackfeet, Chippewa, Mandan & Hidatsa). Raised on the Blackfeet reservation, she is an alumnus of Browning High School and the University of Montana. Her doctorate is in clinical psychology. Research and clinical priorities include mental health disparities, environmenal health, trauma, posttraumatic stress reactions, risk, resiliency, psychiatric disorder, and public health intervention within the cultural context of American Indian communities. Dr. Belcourt has conducted grant-funded collaborative research projects with Native communities at UM and during work at the University of Colorado Denver’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Publications have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and Transcultural Psychiatry.


B.A. University of Montana Psychology 1996

M.A. University of Montana Clinical Psychology 2003

 Denver Veteran’s Affairs 2006 Medical Center Pre-Doctoral Internship

Ph.D University of Montana Clinical Psychology 2006

Teaching Experience

Academic Appointments:


2006–2007                  Researcher, Black Hills State University

2006–2007                  Research Associate, American Indian and Alaska Native Programs, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine University of Colorado Denver

2007–2010                  Instructor, Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado Denver

2010-2015                   Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice/Community and Public Health Sciences, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Montana

2015-2020                   Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice/Community and Public Health Sciences, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Montana

2020-Current              Professor, Community and Public Health Sciences, College of Health, The University of Montana 

Research Interests

American Indian and Alaska Native health disparities research. Areas of focus: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; trauma; mental health; environmental health; community-engaged research; intervention and prevention.


Field of Study

Mental Health; Environment; Ethics



Walker, E.S., Noonan, C.W., Semmens, E.O., Ware, D., Smith, P., Boyer, B.B., Erdei, E., Hopkins, S.E., Lewis, J., Belcourt, A. and Ward, T.J. (2021), Indoor fine particulate matter and demographic, household, and wood stove characteristics among rural US homes heated with wood fuel. Indoor Air.

Walters, K. L. Johnson-Jennings, M., Stroud, S., Rasmus, S., Charles, B., Simeon, J., Allen, J., Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, J., Look, M. A., & de Silva, M., Lowe, J., Baldwin, J., Lawrence, G, Brooks, J., Noonan, C. W., Belcourt, A., Quintana, E., Semmens, E. O., & Boulafentis, J. (2020) Growing from Our Roots: Strategies for Developing Culturally Grounded Prevention Programs in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities. Prevention Science 21, 54–64.

Dickerson DL, Baldwin J, Belcourt A, Belone L, Gittelsohn J, Kaholokula, JK, Lowe J, Patten C, & Wallerstein, N. (2020) Encompassing Cultural Contexts within Scientific Research Methodologies in the Development of Health Promotion Interventions. Prevention Science, 21, pages 33–42.

Gittelsohn, J, Belcourt, A., Booth-LaForce, C., Duran, B., Magarati, M., Mishra, S., Belone, L., Blue Bird Jernigan, V. (2020). Building Capacity for Productive Tribal-University Partnerships. Prevention Science 21, pages 22–32

Stanley, L. R., Swaim, R. C., Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, J., Kelly, K. J., Belcourt, A. & Allen, J. (2020) The Imperative for Research to Promote Health Equity in Indigenous Communities. Prevention Science 21, pages 13–21.  

Pearson, C. R., Smartlowit Briggs, L., Belcourt, A., Bedard Gilligan, M., & Kaysen, D. (2018). Building a Tribal–Academic Partnership to Address PTSD, Substance Misuse, and HIV Among American Indian Women. Health Promotion Practice,152483991876212.

Olvera, H. A., Appleton, A., Fuller C. H., Belcourt, A., Kubzansky, L. D. (2018) An Integrated Socio-Environmental Model of Health and Well-being: A conceptual framework exploring the joint contribution of environmental and social exposures to health and disease over the life span. Current Environmental Health Reports.

Belcourt, A. E. (2018) The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face. The Conversation. 

Pearson, C. R., Kaysen, D., Belcourt, A., Stappenbeck, C. A., Zhou, C., Smartlowit-Briggs, L., & Whitefoot, P. (2015). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Rural American Indian/Alaska Native Women. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research (Online)22(3), 1–20.

Jernigan,V. B. B., Peercy, M.,  Branam, D., Saunkeah, B.,  Wharton, D., Winkleby, M., Lowe, J., Salvatore, A., Dickerson, D., Belcourt, A.,  D’Amico, E.,  Patten, C. A.,  Parker, M., Duran, B.,  Harris, R., and Buchwald, D. (2015) Beyond Health Equity: Achieving Wellness Within American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. American Journal of Public Health.

Yuan, N. P., Belcourt, A., Schultz, K., Packard, G., & Duran, B. M. (2014). Research agenda for violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women: Toward the development of strength-based and resilience interventions. Psychology of Violence5(4), 367-73.

Johnson-Jennings, M. D. & Belcourt, A. & Town, M. & Walls, M. L. & Walters, K. L. (2014) Racial Discrimination’s Influence on Smoking Rates among American Indian Alaska Native Two-Spirit Individuals: Does Pain Play a Role? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 25 no. 4, 2014, pp. 1667-1678. Project MUSEdoi:10.1353/hpu.2014.0193

Belcourt, A., Swaney, G., & Kelley, A. (2014). Indigenous methodologies in research:

Social justice and sovereignty: Foundations of community-based research

Indigenous sovereignty anthology, Shanley, K. Editor.

Jervis, L. L., Spicer, P., Belcourt-Dittloff, A., Novins, D. K., Sarche, M., Fickenscher, A., and Beals, J. (2013). The social construction of violence among American Indians with Antisocial Personality Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder. Transcultural Psychiatry, 1-24. DOI: 10.1177/1363461513501710.

Kelley, A., Belcourt-Dittloff, A., Belcourt, C., Belcourt, G. (2013). Indigenous Regulation of Research: Lessons learned from an Inter-Tribal Regional Institutional Review Board. American Journal of Public Health, 103(12), pp. 2146-2151.

Greenfield, B., Skewes, M. C., Dionne, R., Davis, B., Cwik, M., Venner, K., & Belcourt-Dittloff, A. (2013). Treatment for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Considering cultural adaptations. The Behavior Therapist, 36(6), 146-151.

Beals, J., Belcourt-Dittloff, A., Garroutte, E. M., Croy, C., Jervis, L. L., Rumbaugh-Whitesell, N., Mitchell, C. M., Manson, S. M. & the AI-SUPERPFP team (2013). Trauma and conditional risk of posttraumatic stress disorder in two American Indian reservation communities. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48:895–905.

Belcourt-Dittloff, A., Swaney, G., & Belcourt, G (2011) Tribal Borders: Confronting health disparities and accessible care Northwest Public Health Journal.

Beals, J., Belcourt-Dittloff, A., Freedenthal, S., Kaufman, C.,  Mitchell, T., Whitesell, N., Albright, K.,  Beauvais, F.,  Belcourt, G. M.,  Duran, B., Fleming, C., Floersch, N., Foley, K.,  Jervis, L.,  Kipp, B., Mail, P.,  Manson, S. M., May, P.,  Mohatt, G.,  Morse, B., Novins, D., O’Connell, J.,  Parker, T., Quintero, G., Spicer, P., Stiffman, A., Stone, J., Trimble, J., Venner, K., & Walters, K. (2009). Reflections on a proposed theory of reservation-dwelling American Indian alcohol use: Comment on Spillane and Smith 2007. Psychological Bulletin, 135(2).

Engaged scholarship with Tribal communities. Sarche, M., Novins, D., & Belcourt-Dittloff, A. Invited chapter to appear in Fitzgerald, H. E., Burack, C., & Seifer, S. (Eds). (2010). Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: The contemporary landscape. (Vol. 1). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Bryant-Davis, T., Tillman, S. Chung, H. Belcourt-Dittloff, A. (2009). From the margins to the center: Ethnic minority women and the mental health effects of sexual assault. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 10(4), 330-357.

Bryant-Davis, T., Tillman, S., Belcourt-Dittloff, A., Chung, H (2009). The cultural context of trauma recovery: The experiences of ethnic minority women. In Diversity in Mind and Action (Ed. Jean Chin). Greenwood Publishing.

Belcourt-Dittloff, A. & Belcourt, G. M. (2006). Promoting Best Practices in Indian Country: Strengthening Traditional Medicine and Cultural Resilience. Prepared for the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human        Services.

Belcourt-Dittloff, A. & Stewart, J. D. (2000) Historical racism: Implications for Native Americans. American Psychologist, 55(10), 1166-1167.

Caruso, J.C., Witkiewitz, K., Belcourt-Dittloff, A., & Gottlieb, J.D. (2001). Reliability of Scores from the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire: A reliability generalization study. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 61(4), 675-689.

Professional Experience

Hospital or Professional Positions:

1994-1997                   Bilingual Instructional Assistant for Native American Students (K-8), Missoula Public School District

1995-1996                   Student Assault Recovery Service, Curry Health Center, University of Montana

2000-2003                   Graduate Student Therapist, Clinical Psychology Center, University of Montana

2001 -  2002                Therapist, Partnership Health Center, Access to Therapy Program

2003-2005                   Graduate Student Therapist, Curry Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services

2005-2006                   Predoctoral Psychology Intern Denver Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center    


Committee Appointments


2007-2012      Billings Area Indian Health Services Representative, Indian Health Service Behavioral Workgroup, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2007-2010       Site Visitor, Native Aspirations Suicide Prevention Program Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

2010                Missoula Indian Center Board of Directors (Interim Board Member)

2010-               Montana Geriatric Education Center Administrative Board

2010-               Montana Geriatric Education Center Curriculum Committee

2010-2013       Montana Traumatic Brain Injury Center Board of Directors

2010-               Skaggs Scholar Scholarship Committee

2010-2019       YWCA Board member

2011-2019       Racial Justice Taskforce Committee YWCA

2011-2013       Native American Studies Scholarship Committee-The University of Montana

2011-2015       University of Montana School of Community and Public Health Instruction Committee Chair

2013-2019       University of Montana Faculty Senator

2013-2019       University of Montana Athletic Committee

2013-2017       University of Montana Sexual Assault Committee

2013-               Diversity Advisory Committee

2013-2014       National Institute of Health Community Health Influences on Health Behavior Study Section member

2013-2019       National Academy of Science Ford Foundation Fellowship Psychology Panel, Chair

2014-2019       College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences Diversity Workgroup, Chair

2019-               University of Montana Faculty Senator

2021-               University of Montana Executive Committee of Faculty Senate 

International Experience

Has traveled for science scholarship internationally. Presentations primarily as research is with Tribal communities and Nations in the United States.


Dr. Belcourt enjoys reading, writing, music, her family, and spending time in her Indigenous homelands.