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Tennille Marley

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4603
Biography

Tennille Larzelere Marley, Ph.D. MPH is Dzil Ligai Sian N'dee (White Mountain Apache) and grew up on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, located in eastern Arizona. Dr. Marley is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies and a faculty research affiliate with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University. She is also a member of the Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research (WU-CDTR) and a faculty affiliate with the National Council of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center (PRC). In addition, Dr. Marley is an investigator with the Native Investigator Development Program at the Native Elder Research Center, a National Institute on Aging-funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, within the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Marley earned her B.A. and M.P.H. from the University of Arizona and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. She has extensive experience in community health and in conducting research with American Indians; she served as the program coordinator of a family education program of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and is a former fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico

Dr. Marley teaches graduate and undergraduate classes including Introduction to American Indian Studies, American India Sovereignty and the Courts, Federal Indian Policy, Social Change in American Indian Communities, and Historical Trauma, Healing, and Decolonization.

Dr. Marley’s prior research examined the relationship among indigenous knowledge, land, history and diabetes on an American Indian reservation. In the past three years, she has been working towards establishing a research agenda, based on her prior work, investigating the social determinants of American Indian (AI) health, specifically the association of health with structural risk factors, especially place and housing, using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. She recently completed a study examining the association between homeownership and health in AI populations and she is currently embarking on an exploratory study of reservation housing and health. 

Research Interests

American Indian health & health policy; structural and social determinants of American Indian Health; Indigenous knowledge's influence on health & health practices;

Publications
  • Cacari-Stone, L., Boursaw, B., Bettez, S., Marley, T.L., & Waitzkin, H. Place as a predictor of health insurance coverage: A multivariate analysis of counties in the United States. Health & Place (2015).
  • Tennille L. Marley, PhD, MPH; Molly W. Metzger, PhD. A Longitudinal Study of Structural Risk Factors for Obesity and Diabetes Among American Indian Young Adults, 1994-2008. Preventing Chronic Disease (2015).
Research Activity
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 512Hist Trauma, Heal & Decoloniza
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 510Social Change in Amer Ind Comm
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
AIS 492Honors Directed Study
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
AIS 512Hist Trauma, Heal & Decoloniza
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 512Hist Trauma, Heal & Decoloniza
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 280Amer Indian Sovereignty/Courts
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
Presentations
  • Marley, T.L. Land, History, and Health: The Construction of Diabetes on a Southwest Indian Reservation. Western Social Science Conference (Apr 2015).
  • Marley, T.L. Indigenous Knowledge, Land, and History: The Determinants of American Indian Health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, Fall Le (Sep 2014).
  • Marley, T.L. Indigenous Knowledge, Land, History and Health: The Construction of Diabetes on an American Indian Reservation. 12th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Towards Social Justice Workshop (Jun 2014).