Dr. Goins is a nationally known specialist in American Indian aging issues.
She was recently named the first Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor of Gerontological Social Work at Western Carolina University. She also is a Senior Scientist in the Center for Healthy Aging at the Mountain State Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC and an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Goins, formerly Associate Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research and Associate Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, joined the Western Carolina University faculty in August of 2013. At Oregon State, in addition to her work with the Center for Healthy Aging Research, she was the interim director of the College of Public Health and Human Science’s gerontology program and taught community-based participatory research to the graduate students in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as a faculty member in the Native Elder Research Center at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center and serves on the editorial board of The Gerontologist and the Journal of Applied Gerontology.
Areas of Expertise (3)
American Indian Aging Issues
Duke University: Post Doctoral, Epidemiology 1998
University of Massachusetts-Boston: Ph.D., Gerontology 1997
University of Massachusetts-Boston: M.S., Gerontology 1994
East Carolina University: B.S., Psychology 1992
- International Association for Indigenous Aging
- The Gerontologist
- The Journal of Applied Gerontology
Media Appearances (1)
WCU taps specialist in Native American aging issues for distinguished professorship
The One Feather online
“Dr. Goins brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise related to issues affecting older adults in rural areas, with a specialized focus on aging among American Indian populations,” Huff said. “She also has a successful track record of grant-writing and scholarship. We are pleased that she will provide mentorship to students and faculty within the Department of Social Work and the College of Health and Human Sciences.”
Social Support and Diabetes Management Among Older American IndiansInnovation in Aging
Correlates of Receipt of Colorectal Cancer Screening among American Indians in the Northern PlainsSocial Work Research
Disparities in Health, Health Care Access, and Life Experience Between American Indian and White Adults in South DakotaJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities