Christine Makosky Daley, Ph.D., MA, SM

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Community and Population Health
(610) 758-1878
Office: STEPS 316


Dr. Christine Makosky Daley is a Professor in the College of Health at Lehigh University and co-Director for the Institute for Indigenous Studies. She is a mixed methodologist and community-based participatory researcher by training and has been working with American Indian communities since her undergraduate career. Her professional role is that of a transdisciplinary scientist with a focus on bringing together diverse teams of scientists and clinicians.  She comes to Lehigh from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she held appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine & Community Health and Population Health, as well as secondary appointments in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Kansas, and the Department of Anthropology at Johnson County Community College.  She also served as the Director of the Center for American Indian Community Health at KUMC, a Center of which she led development.  She is currently the co-Director of the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health and educational attainment in American Indian communities through quality participatory research and education.  

Her primary area of research interest is reducing American Indian health disparities. She conducts community-based participatory research in which community members are involved in all phases of the research, from concept inception through design, analysis, and dissemination. She began working with American Indian communities in 1995, focusing early on in her career in the U.S. Southwest. When she arrived at KUMC, she began creating a community-based participatory research team with local American Indian communities. Her team is now an alliance of organizations including academic institutions, American Indian tribes, community-based organizations, and businesses.  She leads one of the largest Native research teams in the country and maintains a staff that is 75-80% American Indian. Her research includes tobacco prevention and control, cancer screening, weight loss, behavioral epidemiology, environmental health, health literacy, community education, and, most recently, mental health and the ethical conduct of research.  

She truly enjoys research, but education has always been her passion and the motivating force behind becoming and continuing as an academic. She works with learners at multiple levels, including undergraduate, graduate/medical, residents, and fellows, as well as junior faculty members. She has focused much of her mentorship on working with Native students and faculty, as well as women and members of other underrepresented groups. She has a strong focus on improving the diversity of faculty and students and ensuring appropriate promotion and tenure for all individuals.

Her guiding vision is a world without disparities of any kind. She hopes to one day work herself out of a job!


  • PhD, Applied Medical Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 2004
  • SM, Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 2002
  • MA, Medical Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1998
  • BA, Anthropology, Douglass College, Rutgers University, 1996

Areas of Research and Publications

American Indian Health Disparities
Community-Based Participatory Research
Applied Medical Anthropology
Mixed Methods

Awards and Honors

  • 2005-2012    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar
  • 2006     Co-Investigator, Partnerships in Prevention Award, Native American Tobacco Cessation Curriculum, Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Summit, Indian Health Service
  • 2008    Kansas Health Foundation Excellence in Public Health Teaching Award
  • 2010 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence
  • 2010-2014    Charter Member, Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health NIH Study Section
  • 2012    Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
  • 2013    University of Kansas Medical Center Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement
  • 2016 University of Kansas Medical Center Diversity & Inclusion Award
  • 2017    University of Kansas Cancer Center Director’s Award for Bridging Health Disparities


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