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.