Dorothy Castille, Ph.D.

Division of Scientific Programs
Community Health and Population Sciences
Email: dorothy.castille@nih.gov
Phone: 301-594-9411

Dr. Dorothy Castille focuses on health disparities at community and population levels, specifically in American Indian and Alaska Native people. Her research concentrates on the role culture plays in shaping perceptions of illness and the choices individuals and groups make to enhance health and prevent disease. She also studies the role early life experiences play in the later development of disease, the impact of migration on health, and patient reported outcomes.

Dr. Castille received her B.A. in English and speech education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1969. She earned her M.A. in anthropology from California State University, Hayward in 1986, a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, and completed post-doctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia University from 1998-2001. Her graduate and postgraduate work included psychological anthropology; qualitative and quantitative research methods; psychiatric sequelae of stress, trauma, and stigma; and Native American, Alaska Native, Latino, and Asian cultures. Dr. Castille has a research associate scientist appointment with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Selected Publications