UM Professor Named Harvard JPB Environmental Health Fellow

October 06, 2014

MISSOULA – Annie Belcourt, a University of Montana College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences assistant professor, has accepted an invitation from Harvard University to be a JPB Environmental Health Fellow for the next three years. 

The fellowship will allow Belcourt, a faculty member in pharmacy practice and public health, to extend her work in environmental health while developing new collaborative research projects aimed at tribal populations in Montana.

“I am honored to have been selected from the many excellent applicants working in environmental health across the nation,” Belcourt said. “I am excited to represent UM and to provide a Native American scholar perspective on behalf of tribal nations in our region.”

Belcourt, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Blackfeet, Chippewa, Mandan and Hidatsa lineage), was a participant in UM’s TRiO Upward Bound program from Browning High School from 1989 to 1992. She went on to participate in the TRiO Student Support Services program while completing her undergraduate degree at UM.

She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at UM in 2006. Her research and clinical practice priorities include mental health disparities, trauma, post-traumatic stress reactions, risk, resiliency and psychiatric disorder within the culture context of American Indian communities.

Belcourt has provided clinical services to a diverse clientele across the developmental lifespan in a variety of settings. She completed pre-doctoral internship training with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, working with veterans and addressing post-traumatic reactions.

In 2006, she completed a four-year postdoctoral faculty appointment with the University of Colorado, Denver, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Since joining the faculty at UM in 2010, Belcourt conducted multiple grant-funded projects and created collaborative research projects with American Indian communities. She recently partnered with faculty from UM’s Center for Environmental Health on a successfully funded research grant examining indoor air quality interventions with multiple communities.

Belcourt’s research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed scientific journals, including American Psychologist, the American Journal of Public Health and Psychological Bulletin.

JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Director John Spengler said Belcourt’s accomplishments, expertise and commitment to underserved populations will be valuable to the program.

The fellowship allows Belcourt to remain at UM while attending multiple advanced training sessions with Harvard School of Environmental Public Health faculty both in Cambridge, Mass., and Santa Fe, N.M. The funding provides up to $350,000 to support her direct research and time researching, projects and travel. The fellowship began Oct. 1 and continues through December 2017.

For more information, call Belcourt at 406-243-5454 or email annie.belcourt@umontana.edu

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Contact: Annie Belcourt, assistant professor, UM College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences, 406-243-5454, annie.belcourt@umontana.edu.