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July 9, 2015
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Center for Human Development

Inupiaq Elder Recognized as Traditional Counselor       

Traditional Counselor Elizabeth Fleagle shares
her wisdom with students statewide by
interactive video conference in the TTC's
Traditional Health Based Practices training
The Center for Human Development's Trust Training Cooperative (TTC) congratulates Elizabeth Kavruk Nictune Fleagle, Inupiaq Elder, on her recognition as a Traditional Counselor by the Alaska Commission on Behavioral Health Certification. Elizabeth is a frequent member of our Behavioral Health Continuing Education training teams and conference presentations, a valued contributor to the annual Elders Summit, and a guide for TTC planning. She recently served on the teaching team of TTC's pilot distance delivery Traditional Health Based Practices class. In addition to her work with TTC, Elizabeth serves on teaching teams for UAF's Rural Human Services Program and Social Work BSW Cohort, as well as the UAA-UAF Psychology Joint PhD Program. She still finds time for sharing at Denakkanaaga (Tanana Chiefs Conference Elders Program), and doing traditional beadwork and Native language camp. 


Mental Health First Aid Can Help Older Adults with Mental Health Problems


The Alaska Training Cooperative, under the Center for Human Development, is taking on a new training course for those who work with and care for older adults. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Older Adults is designed to address the specific mental health and substance disorders common in the aging population. Spouses, partners, and family members do the majority of caregiving of older adults. An important aspect to MHFA is to train caregivers to recognize depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts or gestures, as well as understand the role substance abuse plays in the mental health of a loved one. The MHFA training will also teach caregivers techniques to support a person experiencing a mental health crisis, and give them knowledge on how to get help during the crisis. By educating more Americans about the mental health and substance use challenges of older adults and how to help and support this growing segment of our society, more Americans can age healthily and happily.

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Dr. Miller Presents at ICCH on Women with Disabilities and Cancer Screening


Dr. Jenny Miller presented at the International Congress on Circumpolar Health held in Oulu Finland, June 8-12, 2015. Her presentation "Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: Reaching Women with Disabilities in Alaska" was part of a session focused on Women´s Health and Wellbeing. Dr. Rhonda Johnson moderated the session.


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Justice Major/UAA Honors College Student Presents at Law & Society Conference


Ruddy Abam (Justice BA '15) presented at the Law & Society Conference in Seattle in May. Ruddy received a UAA Honors College Discovery Grant to assist with her travel for the presentation. Dr. Cory Lepage, Justice faculty, was her Honors College advisor. Ruddy discussed "Preventing Neighborhood Factors of Crime and Delinquency: The Efficacy of Early Childhood Community Intervention Programs." The panel theme was Instability, Change and Contingency in Crime and Deviance. For more information, visit:

Faculty Promotions in Justice Center 


The Justice Center congratulates the following faculty for receiving promotions effective July 1, 2015:  


Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator, was recently promoted to Professor of Justice. Professor Periman is also the Legal Studies Program Coordinator. Her areas of focus are legal writing, regulation of nonlawyer professionals and unauthorized practice of law, and collateral consequences of criminal convictions/offender reentry.   

Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty, was promoted to Associate Professor of Justice with tenure. His areas of focus are civil liberties, constitutional law, legal education, and marijuana law and policy. For more information, visit: .  


Dr. Myrstol Interviewed on Decline in Drunk Driving


Dr. Brad Myrstol, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), was interviewed by James Brooks of the Juneau Empire on the decline in drunk driving in Alaska and nationwide. Dr. Myrstol noted that the drop in drunk driving is part of the "broader crime rate decline" in Alaska. Read the full article "Alaska is beating drunk driving: And here's how" (July 3, 2015): For more information, visit: .


Prof. Brandeis Interviewed on Pending US Supreme Court Cases


Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was interviewed by KTVA Channel 11 News on June 22 about two cases currently before the US Supreme Court: same-sex marriage and Affordable Care Act tax credits. Prof. Brandeis noted it is likely these will be close decisions (5 to 4) by the court. For more information, visit:


Prof. Brandeis Interviewed on US Supreme Court Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage


Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD was interviewed by KTVA Channel 11 News on June 26 outside the Anchorage Federal Courthouse following the announcement of the US Supreme Court opinion recognizing same-sex marriage. For more information, visit:



Prof. Brandeis publishes Article in Alaska Bar Association Publication


Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, recently wrote a commentary on being interviewed by Josh Kramer of The Atlantic magazine about Irwin Ravin and the history of marijuana in Alaska. Kramer's article was done in cartoon panel style and featured several panels of Prof. Brandeis. Prof. Brandeis' commentary "Pot law history: A graphic view of Alaska and marijuana" was published in the April-June 2015 issue of the Alaska Bar Rag, the official publication of the Alaska Bar Association. For more information, visit:


Alpha Phi Sigma Welcomed Four New Members in Spring 2015


Prof. Fortson and Erin Leaders.

Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society welcomed four new members in April. The new members include Ruddy Abam, Jessica Hill, Erin Leaders, and April Ney. Prof. Ryan Fortson is the faculty advisor. For more information, visit:


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