Karina L. Walters is an Associate Professor and William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.
An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Walters founded and directs the University-wide, interdisciplinary Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI). Her research focuses on historical, social, and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
One example of her work is the HONOR Project – a nationwide health survey that examines the impact of historical trauma, discrimination, and other stressors on the health and wellness of Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirited men and women.
Dr. Walters has received multiple awards in recognition of her contribution to Native health research and in 2008 Dr. Walters was selected by Curve magazine as one of the top 20 lesbian academics in the world. She was also a Fulbright recipient and Honorary Visiting Scholar at Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga National Institute for Research Excellence in Maori Development and Advancement at the University of Auckland, NZ.