Department of Psychology

Gerald Mohatt, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Director, Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR)
Office: 704F Gruening
Phone: 474-6415; Fax: 474-5781

Biographical Sketch

Professor of Psychology
1978: Harvard University Ed.D. Community-Clinical Psychology

I am a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at UAF. I received my doctoral degree specializing in community and clinical psychology and learning environments at Harvard University in 1978. I received my master's degree in Psychology from St. Louis University. Prior to coming to Alaska in 1983 I was the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and previously the Founding President of Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. From 1983 to 1992 I was the dean of the College of Human and Rural Development and College of Rural Alaska at UAF. I now teach graduate courses in counseling, cross-cultural healing, cross-cultural psychopathology, and program evaluation. At the undergraduate level I teach personality theory and clinical psychology.

My research is currently in the area of indigenous models of healing and how they inform the practice of prevention and psychotherapy. I have had a long interest in how to reform schools so that they serve minority groups more effectively and I have worked with Jerry Lipka and Yup'ik Eskimo teachers to redesign learning environments. Over the next three years, I have received funding to work with Alaska Native groups to design a new system of mental health care for Native children living in the Interior of Alaska. Another project has been funded to identify the protective, resilience, and recovery factors among Alaska Natives that enable them to live healthy lives free of alcohol abuse.

Jogging, playing golf, hunting, and reading keep the long winters and incredible summers enjoyable and stimulating. My wife, Robby, teaches art at West Valley High School and is a well known abstract painter. Robby and I have two grown sons, one in medical school and one who is studying language and philosophy.