Pamela Begay

Pamela L. Begay’s work focuses on American Indian tribes, and her research interests include cultural identity and issues surrounding Native women. Her long-term goal is to teach and mentor the next generation of social workers and maintain her private clinical practice.

Since joining the Brown School in 2022, Begay chairs the American Indian/Alaska Native Concentration and serves as a faculty associate for the Buder Center for American Indian Studies. She has taught undergraduate and graduate-level social work courses and maintains a private practice focusing on treating trauma while infusing psychodynamic therapy.

She is the senior editor for the Journal of Indigenous Research and an editorial board member of the Clinical Social Work Journal.

Begay is enrolled in the Navajo tribe of Shiprock, New Mexico. She received her PhD in clinical social work from Smith College-School for Social Work, her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, and her BA from the University of New Mexico.

Pamela Begay

  • Associate Professor of Practice
  • PhD, Smith College School of Social Work
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Areas of Focus:

  • American-Indian Tribes
  • Cultural Identity
  • Psychodynamic Therapy