PhD, MA, BA, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Research Interests

Cultural concepts of health and illness; anthropology of health and illness; Native American health and psychological issues; cultural competence in health and illness; social and cultural constructs of healing rituals


Dr. Connors is a psychological/medical anthropologist with Native Americans as a field of expertise. She specialized in cultural constructs of autism and mental retardation and worked extensively on Native American reservations on the plains to design culturally relevant drug and alcohol prevention programs. Dr. Connors also designed and conducted cancer detection workshops on Wisconsin Native American reservations and spent six years concentrating on the Menominee reservation as a family living educator and then as an educator in the reservation schools as an alcohol and other drug abuse prevention educator. She has published a chapter in Resiliency in Ethnic Minority Families and articles in journals such as Disability, Handicap & Society. She conducted an 18-month study with Native Americans in a federal prison and presented the results to both correctional facilities and reservation tribal leaders. She joined Walden’s faculty in 1999 and teaches courses for Walden in social and cultural factors in health and research, theory, and methods in study design.