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Shanondora Billiot

Shanondora Billiot

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

School of Social Work
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
411 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Shanondora Billiot (United Houma Nation Citizen) is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She is currently serving as a Technical Advisory Member of the Climate Change Taskforce for the National Congress of American Indians as well as an advisory board member for the Social Responses to a Changing Environment Grand Challenge lead by the Academy of Social Workers. In addition, she is a Liaison Member of the Community Board for Engagement and Evaluation of the Gulf Research Program within the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering. Her current research uses mixed methods to explore indigenous-specific risk and protective factors to global environmental change exposure and pathways to health outcomes within Indigenous populations with the goal to co-develop adaptation activities. Billiot is currently a Co-PI on an interdisciplinary team exploring resilience, culture, climate and movement among an Indigenous community on the Gulf Coast funded by GRP Thriving Communities Grant (5). She earned a PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis as a Henry Roe Cloud fellow at Yale University and Minority Fellowship Program of the Council on Social Work Education.


  • PhD, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, 2017
  • MSW (Magna cum Laude), Community-based Initiatives, University of Michigan, 2007
  • BA, Sociology, Louisiana State University, 2005
  • BS, Psychology, Louisisana State University, 2005

Journal Articles


Burnette, C. E., S. Boel-Studt, L. M. Renner, C. R. Figley, K. P. Theall, J. Miller Scarnato and S. M. Billiot. 2020. The family resilience inventory: A culturally grounded measure of current and family-of-origin protective processes in Native American familes. Family Process 59(2):695-708. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12423. (link )

Johnson-Jennings, M., S. M. Billiot and K. Walters. 2020. Returning to our roots: Tribal health and wellness through land-based healing. Genealogy 4(3):91. DOI: 10.3390/genealogy4030091. (link )

McKinley, C. E., S. Boel-Studt, L. M. Renner, C. R. Figley, S. M. Billiot and K. P. Theall. 2020. The historical oppression scale: Preliminary conceptualization and measurement of historical oppression among Indigenous peoples of the United States. Transcultural Psychiatry 57(2):288-303. DOI: 10.1177/1363461520909605. (link )

Mitchell, F. M., S. M. Billiot and S. Lechuga-Peña. 2020. Utlizing photovoice to support Indigenous accounts of environmental change and injustice. Genealogy (4):2. DOI: 10.3390/genealogy4020051. (link )

Tovar, M., K. Thompson and S. M. Billiot. 2020. Training American Indian and Alaska Native social workers for Indian country. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 17(1):75-89. DOI: 10.1080/26408066.2019.1629557. (link )


Billiot, S. M., R. Beltran, D. Brown, F. M. Mitchell and A. Fernandez. 2019. Indigenous perspectives for strengthening social responses to global environmental changes: A response to the social work grand challenge on environmental change. Journal of Community Practice 27(3-4):296-316. DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2019.1658677. (link )

Billiot, S. M., S. Kwon and C. E. Burnette. 2019. Repeated disasters and chronic environmental changes impede generational transmission of Indigenous knowledge. Journal of Family Strengths 19(1):Art 11. (link )

Billiot, S. M. and F. M. Mitchell. 2019. Conceptual interdisciplinary model of exposure to environmental changes to address indigenous health and well-being. Public Health 179(Nov):142-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2018.08.011. (link )

McKinley, C. E., C. R. Figley, S. M. Woodward, J. L. Luddell, S. M. Billiot, N. Comby and S. Sanders. 2019. Community-engaged and culturally relevant research to develop behavioral health interventions with American Indians and Alaska Nativs. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research 26(1):89-103. DOI: 10.5820/aian.2603.2019.79. (link )

McKinley, C. E., J. Miller Scarnato, J. L. Luddell, H. Knipp and S. M. Billiot. 2019. Hurricanes and Indigenous families: Understanding connections with discrimination, social support, and violence on PTSD. Journal of Family Strengths 19(1):Art 10. (link )


Burnette, C. E. and S. M. Billiot. 2015. Reaching harmony across Indigenous and mainstream research contexts: An emergent narrative. Journal of Indigenous Social Development 4(1):. (link )

Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv Unegv Waya), D. A., C. Vanzile-Tamsen, J. Black, S. M. Billiot and M. Tovar. 2015. Impact of disability and other physical health issues on academic outcomes among American Indian and Alaskan Native college students: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation 14(3-4):208-221. DOI: 10.1080/1536710X.2015.1068254. (link )


Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., C. Vanzile-Tamsen, J. C. Black, S. M. Billiot and M. Tovar. 2013. A comparison of self-reported physical health and health conditions of American Indian/Alaskan Natives to other college students. Journal of Community Health 38:1090-1097. DOI: 10.1007/s10900-013-9718-5. (link )



Nesmith, A. A., C. L. Schmitz, Y. Machado-Escudero, S. M. Billiot, R. A. Forbes, M. C. Powers, N. Buckhoy and L. A. Lawrence eds. 2021. The Intersection of Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Community, and the Ecology of Life. Springer Chen. Switzerland AG. DOI: /10.1007/978-3-030-55951-9. ISBN: 978-3-030-55951-9. (link )

Book Chapters

In Press

Billiot, S. M., B. Duran and A. Jolivette. Take me to the water: Wi hokišak kuš in Louisiana kinship models of healing and thrivance. In: Pihama, L. and L. Tuhiwai Smith eds., ORA: Healing Ourselves Indigenous Knowledge, Healing and Wellness.


Powell, T. M., S. M. Billiot and L. Y. Saltzman. 2020. Post-disaster trauma and recovery. Encyclopedia of Social Work. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1332. (link )


Billiot, S. M. and J. Parfait. 2019. 6. Reclaiming land: Adaptation activities and global environmental change challenges within Indigenous communities. In: Reyes Mason, L. and J. Rigg eds., People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Social Justice. Oxford Scholarship Online. ISBN: 9780190886455.


Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., D. Hertel and S. M. Billiot. 2014. Native Americans, suicide among. Pp. 948-950 In: Cousins, L. ed., Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. Vol 7. SAGE Publications, Inc.. Thousand Oaks, CA.



Billiot, S. M., R. Beltran, C. Teyra, A. Fernandez, J. C. Black, D. Brown, G. Lama, F. M. Mitchell and K. Walters. 2017. Strengthening social responses to global environmental changes Grand Challenge: An Indigenous approach. Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference - Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, January 11-15, 2017, New Orleans, LA. (link )