Dorothy Castille, Ph.D.

Dr. Dorothy Castille

Training Coordinator and Senior Program Official
Office of the Director

Dr. Dorothy Castille is NIMHD’s extramural Training Coordinator and Senior Program Official in the Office of the Director. In her role, she coordinates and builds upon NIMHD’s training and career development initiatives. Her work includes leading the NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI), managing diversity supplements, supporting the NIMHD Loan Repayment Program, advising the Institute Director on meritorious training awards, and developing mentoring and training opportunities for extramural program staff. Dr. Castille is also NIMHD’s subject matter expert on American Indian/Alaska Native health. 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 studies the role early life experiences play in the later development of disease, the impact of migration on health, and patient reported outcomes.

Following more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in academia, industry, and public health, Dr. Castille joined the Division of Extramural Science at NIMHD in 2010. In her previous role as a Program Officer in NIMHD’s Division of Community Health and Population Science, she worked on multiple training, fellowship, and career development programs, along with the Centers of Excellence , Tribal Epidemiology Centers, and Native American Research Centers for Health. Dr. Castille serves as Program Officer of the $80 million award to support the RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC), and the RADx Tribal Data Repository (TDR).

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

  • Alvidrez, J., Castille, D., Laude-Sharp, M., Rosario, A., Tabor, D. (2019) “The NIMHD Research Framework for Minority Health and Health Disparities.” American Journal of Public Health:109(S1), pp. S16–S20.
  • Brown, A.F., Ma, G.X., Trinh-Shevrin, C., Miranda, J., Eng, E., Castille, D., & Brockie, T. (2019) “The Role of Structural Interventions in Reducing or Eliminating Health Disparities.” American Journal of Public Health:109(S1), pp. S72–S78.
  • Finn, S., Herne, M., Castille, D. (2017) “The Value of Traditional Ecological Knowledge for the Environmental Health Sciences and Biomedical Research.” Environmental Health Perspectives. 2017 August 29;125(8):085006.
  • Schneeberger, A.R., Huber, C.G., Seixas, A., Muenzenmaier, K.H., Lang, U.E., Castille, D., Larkin, S., & Link, B.G. (2017) Alcohol consumption and the use of health care services in people with severe mental illness and stressful childhood experiences. Journal of Addictive Disorders, Published electronically ahead of print.
  • Schneeberger, A.R., Huber, C.G., Lang, U.E., Muenzenmaier, K.H., Castille, D., Jaeger, M., Seixas, A., Sowislo, J., & Link, B.G. (2017) Effects of assisted outpatient treatment and health care services on psychotic symptoms. Social Science and Medicine, Jan 6;175,152-160.
  • Ford, J.D., Schneeberger, A.R., Komarovskaya, I., Muenzenmaier, K.H., Castille, D., Opler, L.A., Link, B. (2016). The Symptoms of Trauma Scale (SOTS): Psychometric evaluation and gender diffeences with adults diagnosed with serious mental illness. Journal of Traumatic Disorders: Oct 12:1-16.
  • Jervis, L. L., Hamby, S., Beach, S. R., Williams, M. L., Maholmes, V., & Castille, D. M. (2016). Elder mistreatment in underserved populations: Opportunities and challenges to developing a contemporary program of research. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 28, 301-319.
  • Puumala, S. E., Burgess, K. M., Kharbanda, A. B., Zook, H. G., Castille, D. M., Pickner, W. J., & Payne, N. R. (2016). The Role of Bias by Emergency Department Providers in Care for American Indian Children. Medical Care, 1-8. Published electronically ahead of print.
  • Castille, D. M., Muenzenmaier, K., & Link, B. (2011). Coercion: Point, perception, process. In Kallert, T. W., Mezzich, J. E., & Monahan, J. (Eds.), Coercive treatment in psychiatry: clinical, legal and ethical aspects. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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