The University of Arizona

Nicolette Teufel-Shone Ph.D.

Professor & Section Chair, Family and Child Health Section
Health Promotion Sciences Division
1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245209
Drachman Hall A264
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-9676


Nicolette Teufel-Shone, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Family and Child Health Section of the Health Promotion Sciences Division and an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Departments of Anthropology and Nutritional Sciences at University of Arizona.  Since the mid-1970’s, Dr. Teufel-Shone has worked with Native American communities in the Southwest, building and promoting community capacity to address health promotion especially on chronic disease, obesity, and nutritional issues. Currently, she is also an Affiliated Scholar in the Arizona Cancer Center’s Health Disparities Institute, a member of the National Congress of American Indians Scientific Community Advisory Committee and a consultant on the Hualapai Injury Prevention and Underage Drinking Program in Peach Springs, AZ.  From 2007-2010, Dr. Teufel-Shone chaired the Family and Child Health Section of MEZCOPH.  Since 1995, she has also served as a reviewer for over 20 scholarly journals, such as American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research,  American Journal of Public Health, CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease and Public Health Nutrition.  Dr. Teufel-Shone has received numerous awards over her career for her public health work. In 2010, the American Diabetes Association and The National Indian Health Board presented her with the John Pipe Voices for Change Award. In 2008, she received the Public Health Impact Award from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  In addition to her research, work and service, Dr. Teufel-Shone often and actively engages with graduate students on collaborative research and service-learning projects and programs.

Educational Background

1989  Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado

         Major: Anthropology       Minor: Nutrition

 1979 Master of Arts, Department o Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

         Major: Anthropology       Minor: Biology

 1976 Bachelor of Science, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

         Major: Anthropology       Minor: Sociology

Selected Publications

Sanderson, PR, Weinstein N, Teufel-Shone, NI and Martinez, ME. Assessing Colorectal Cancer Screening Knowledge at Tribal Fairs in the Navajo Reservation. Preventing Chronic Disease.2011;8(1). (PMID 21159228).

Teufel-Shone, NI.  Community-Based Participatory Research and the Academic System of Rewards. Virtual Mentor, American Medical Association Journal of Ethics  2011; 13 (2): 118-123.

Teufel-Shone, NI and Williams, S. Focus groups in Small Communities.  Preventing Chronic Disease. 2010;7(3). (PMID: 20394706).

Sanderson, PR, Teufel-Shone NI, Baldwin, JA, Robinson, F, and Sandoval, N.   Breast Cancer Education for Navajo Women: A Pilot Study Evaluating a Culturally Relevant Video. Journal of Cancer Education 25 (2):217-223.  (PMID: 20111913)

Teufel-Shone, NI, Fitzgerald, C, Teufel-Shone, L and Gamber, M. Systematic Review of Physical    Activity Interventions Implemented among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations in the United States and Canada. American Journal of Health Promotion, 23(6): S8-S32. (PMID:19601485)

Curriculum Vitae