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Tabria Lee-Noonan

Acknowledgement to Mentor:

"My mentor is the best. Who else is going to sit and listen to me ramble about my research plans, my future goals, my hopes, dreams, wishes and desires? Dr. Zukosky, that's who. Since I started this journey, he has been there supporting me every step of the way. Without my mentors constant guidance and understanding, I am unsure as to where I would be now. He has never lost faith in me, even when I have in myself. For that, I am forever grateful. Thank you."


Tabria Lee-Noonan is currently a senior at Eastern Washington University majoring in anthropology. She was born in Edmonds, WA, and was raised by her grandparents who encouraged her to pursue higher education. Her research interests have spanned many topics, including Louisiana Creole language, examining the problems and considerations with the implementation of NAGPRA, as well as field research and interviews with gay military men and their service experiences.

As a child, her greatest aspiration was to travel around the world, and with anthropology she believes that goal is possible. Learning about people and culture is her first focus, and she has hopes to apply the methods and knowledge for practical purposes. Over the summer, she hopes to research Addictions and Chemical Dependency cross-culturally, as well as to see if traditional faith-healing methods are used as treatments.


Dr. Michael Zukosky, Professor, Department of Anthropology, EWU


2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship- The Role of Culture in Substance Abuse Treatment

Lee-Noonan, Tabria (Michael Zukosky), Anthropology, Eastern Washington University, Washington 

The most common methods of addiction treatment in the United States are behavioral therapy, therapeutic communities and biopharmacalogical treatments. This paper asks the question of what role does culture play in these different forms of treatment. In this paper, I use exploratory methods and a literature review across a variety of disciplines to determine the role of culture in treatment in the United States. In my findings, culture does not play a primary role within any of the three traditional treatment methods. In conclusion, I recommend ways on integrating cultural competency in addiction treatment and care.


Honors and Awards:_______________________________________________________________________

Dean's List, Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Winter 2011

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