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Victoria M. O'Keefe, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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415 N. Washington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231


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PhD, Oklahoma State University, 2016
MS, Oklahoma State University, 2012
BS, John Carroll University, 2009


As a member of the Cherokee and Seminole Nations of Oklahoma, I am dedicated to working collaboratively with tribal communities to eradicate health disparities. My primary research area is in developing and evaluating suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention programs that are grounded in tribal culture and implemented/sustained by Native communities. I am also interested in social, historical, and cultural determinants that relate to health status (e.g., microaggressions, historical trauma, cultural identity).

Honors and Awards

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (2012-2015)

Psychologists in Public Service Wayfinder Award, American Psychological Association, Division 18 (2015)

Psychological Services Center Associate of the Year Award, Oklahoma State University (2014)

Women’s Faculty Council Research Award, Oklahoma State University (2014)

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Oklahoma Native American Students in Higher Education (2013)

American Indians into Psychology Summer Research Fellowship, Oklahoma State University (2009)

  • American Indian
  • Alaska Native
  • Indigenous
  • Mixed Methods
  • Suicide
  • Self-Injury
  • Psychology
  • Mental Health

Select publications

  • O'Keefe, V. M., Tucker, R. P., Cole, A. B., Hollingsworth, D. W., & Wingate, L. R. (in press). Understanding Indigenous suicide through a theoretical lens: A review of majority, cultural, and Indigenous frameworks. Transcultural Psychiatry.
  • O'Keefe, V. M. & Reger, G. (2017) Suicide among American Indian/Alaska Native military service members and Veterans. Psychological Services, 14(3), 289-294. doi: 10.1037/ser0000117
  • O’Keefe, V. M., Wingate, L. R., Cole, A. B., Hollingsworth, D. W., & Tucker, R. P. (2015). Seemingly harmless racial communications are not so harmless: Racial microaggressions lead to suicidal ideation by way of depression symptoms. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 45(5), 567-576. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12150
  • O’Keefe, V. M., Wingate, L. R., Tucker, R. P., Rhoades-Kerswill, S., Slish, M. L., & Davidson, C. L. (2014). Interpersonal suicide risk for American Indians: Investigating thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(1), 61-67. doi:10.1037/a0033540
  • O’Keefe, V. M., & Wingate, L. R. (2013). The role of hope and optimism in suicide risk for American Indians/Alaska Natives. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43(6), 621-633. doi:10.1111/sltb.12044