Summer 2013 - 2015 Research Internships in
Hojooba’ bee la’ hooniil,
Undergraduate Research into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion

Faculty Research Projects:

Dr. Ann Collier is a Clinical Health Psychologist who specializes in cross-cultural research and program development and evaluation with traditionally underserved populations, especially those that experience health care disparities (i.e. Hmong refugee and immigrants; Alaska Native and American Indian groups in Alaska and Colorado; indigenous groups in Micronesia; Maori in New Zealand). She has had extensive experience in capacity building with mental health workers and substance abuse counselors, as well as in the area of chronic disease management. In addition to teaching lay-professionals in rural communities, Dr. Collier teaches Abnormal Psychology and Health Psychology at NAU, both to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Collier's research currently focuses on how people repair difficult mood states, examining the role of arousal, engagement, and rejuvenation, in these activities. She applies feminist theory to her reserch, especially when in cross-cultural settings. Dr. Collier is also developing research on the role of immersive therapeutic environments, (e.g., virtual reality), in changing health behaviors (i.e., overweight), focusing on populations that experience health disparities (e.g., Pacific Island people and Native Americans). Dr. Collier extends her research questions to include the role of compassion and self-compassion, especially in relationship to mood-repair and mood-enhancement, as well as when developing health behavior change programs. Dr. Collier also studies the role of compassion in non-suicidal self-injury.