Paula Carter, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Paula Carter is the director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) and a research assistant professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Center for Rural Health. Carter is also a tribal liaison for the Collaborative Research Center on American Indian Health (CRCAIH) through Sanford Health. Her liaison position brings together UND, CRCAIH, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa to build research infrastructure in that tribal community.

As a research assistant professor and NRCNAA director, Carter oversees a national needs assessment for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian elders. Previously, she was the research director with the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) and a faculty fellow with the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health at the Center for Rural Health. Carter is involved in starting the first Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) chapter at UND and currently serves as the chapters' advisor. She is also a member of the Society for the Psychology of Women. 

Prior to joining the CRH, Carter was a mental health researcher with the Veterans Administration, where she developed culturally appropriate mental health resources to be utilized with Native American Veterans. She also worked with the Indian Health Services as a mental health provider in rural reservation settings.

Carter is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and is originally from Belcourt, North Dakota. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in gerontology. Carter earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling from UND in 1997. She has recently earned her Ph.D. in the field of Counseling Psychology.


Most Recent Publications

  • Native Aging Visions, Spring 2013
    National Resource Center on Native American Aging May 2013
    Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
  • Growing Our Own: Building a Native Research Team
    Gray, J.S., & Carter, P.M.
    Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Volume 44 Issue 2 Pages 160-165, 2012
    This article highlights the team growth, increasing structure, student needs and the faculty and staff involved. It further addresses the support and educational aspects of growing an ongoing, multidisciplinary research team committed to ethical research in Native communities.
  • Interrelationship Between the Society of Indian Psychologists and Counseling Psychology
    Gray, J.S., Carter, P.M., LaFromboise, T.D., & BigFoot, D.S.
    The Counseling Psychologist, Volume 40 Issue 5 Pages 685-698, 2012
    This article examines the interrelationship between SIP and counseling psychology, given their shared beliefs in social justice and culturally competent research, training, and service. Some of the early history of SIP is presented as well as the landmark moments for the organization.
  • Native Aging Visions, Winter 2011
    National Resource Center on Native American Aging February 2011
    Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.

Most Recent Presentations

Paula Carter

Paula Carter “Working at the Center for Rural Health is very rewarding both professionally and personally. Growing up in a rural, reservation setting I saw the health disparities that exist in tribal communities and in rural areas overall. Being part of the Center for Rural Health offers the opportunity to give back to both tribal and non-tribal rural communities.”

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