Dr. Nicolette I. Teufel-Shone ’76, ’79
College of Health and Human Services
Dr. Teufel-Shone is associate director of the Center for Health Equity Research and a professor of health sciences at NAU. She has spent nearly 30 years working with Native American communities in the Southwest to improve public health through improved physical activity and nutrition behavior. A world-renowned expert in qualitative data collection and analysis, community-based participatory research, community-based intervention efficacy, and cultural adaptation, Teufel-Shone has consistently created partnerships and articulated research to her peers in culturally competent ways. She has secured significant research funding to improve health equity for underserved communities. Teufel-Shone is co-principal investigator of the Navajo Nation Native American Research Center for Health Partnership, which builds educational pathways for Navajo high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to pursue a career in public health and health research. She consistently provides educational opportunities for her students, including development of the Indigenous Health track of NAU’s new Master of Public Health degree program.