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Liberation Now Podcast

Jan 30, 2023

In this episode, Salman Safir and Helen Neville speak with internationally recognized psychology and mental health scholar Dr. Joseph Gone. We cover topics related to decolonizing and Indigenous research methodologies and reclaiming American Indian therapeutic traditions. In this conversation, Dr. Gone outlines attributes of traditional knowledge, disrupts ideas about psychological mindset, discusses how some forms of counseling is ideological work, and complicates our understanding of collaborative partnerships.


Joseph P. Gone (website) is an international expert in the psychology and mental health of American Indians and other Indigenous peoples. A professor at Harvard University, Dr. Gone has collaborated with tribal communities for over 25 years to critique conventional mental health services and harness traditional culture and spirituality for advancing Indigenous well-being. He has published over 100 scientific articles and chapters, and received recognition in his fields through several fellowships and career awards, including a year-long residency at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Illinois, Dr. Gone also trained at Dartmouth College and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is currently a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA). An enrolled member of the Aaniiih-Gros Ventre Tribal Nation of Montana, he also served briefly as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Fort Belknap Indian reservation. In 2014, Gone was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2021 he received the APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.


Articles Mentioned in this Podcast:

Gone, J. P. (2021). Decolonization as methodological innovation in counseling psychology: Method, power, and processin reclaiming American Indian therapeutic traditions. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 68(3), 259-270.

Gone, J. P. (2019). Considering Indigenous research methodologies: Critical reflections by an Indigenous knower. Qualitative Inquiry, 25(1), 45-56.

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Citation: Gone, J. P. (2014, October). Considering Indigenous research methodologies: Critical reflections by anIndigenous knower. Invited keynote address for the 2014 Meeting of the American Indigenous Research Association, Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT.

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Additional Articles:

Gone, J. P. (2022). Indigenous research methodologies: X-marks in the age of community accountability and protection. Qualitative Inquiry, 28(2), 164-170.

Gone, J. P. (2022). Re-imagining mental health services for American Indian communities: Centering Indigenousperspectives. American Journal of Community, 69(3-4), 257-268.

Gone, J. P. (2022). Four principles for cultivating Alternate Cultural Paradigms in psychology: Summary reflections oninnovative contributions. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 62(4), 614-623.

Gone, J. P. (2021). Recounting coup as the recirculation of Indigenous vitality: A narrative alternative to historicaltrauma. Transcultural Psychiatry. Advance online publication.

Gone, J. P. (2021). The (post)colonial predicament in community mental health services for American Indians: Explorations in alter-Native psy-ence. American Psychologist, 76(9), 1514-1525.

Gone, J. P. (2019). “The thing happened as he wished”: Recovering an American Indian cultural psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 64(1-2), 172-184.

Gone, J. P. (2017).“It felt like violence”: Indigenous knowledge traditions and the postcolonial ethics of academicinquiry and community engagement. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60(3-4), 353-360.

Gone, J. P. (2016). Alternative knowledges and the future of community psychology: Provocations from an American Indian healing tradition. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(3-4), 314-321.

Looking ahead, informed by where he’s been.” Interview with Dr. Gone, published in The Harvard Gazette in 2019.


Gone, J. P. (2021, June). Challenges to evidence-based practice in Indigenous community mental health. Invitedvirtual workshop presentation, Summer Institute in Indigenous Mental Health Research, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, QC.

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Gone, J. P. (2021, February). The Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality Program: Community engagement andcultural adaptation in Indigenous health. Invited virtual presentation, Proseminar in Social Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

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Music: Amir Maghsoodi and Briana Williams

Podcast Artwork: B. Andi Lee & Amir Maghsoodi

Episode Intro/Outro: Salman Safir

Episode Editing: Helen Neville and Salman Safir

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