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Lindsay Merritt
Lindsay Merritt


Principal investigator


2009 – AAOT from Portland Community College; 2011 – BSW from Portland State University; 2012 – MSW from Portland State University; 2018 – PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University

PSU History

I transferred to PSU from PCC in 2009, completing my bachelor’s in social work in 2011 then continuing to advanced standing in the MSW program. I started as an undergraduate intern as part of my social work practicum at the RRI in 2009. When my practicum concluded, I was hired as a graduate research assistant (a role typically held by a doctoral student) to assist with development and data related projects. Since 2012, I have worked alongside two local reservation-based tribal communities to evaluate their maternal child and behavioral health programs.

Professional Focus

I am passionate about advancing social/cultural, economic, and environmental justice and use my research and evaluation as a mechanism. Most of my current research interests focuses on tribal maternal child and behavioral health, stigma in the lives of autistic adults, and environmental social work. Likewise, I am passionate about transformative and indigenous research and evaluation theory and methods and radical social work history and philosophy.

Personal Interests

My personal interests include literature, music, and the outdoors. When out for a hike or walk you’ll catch me looking skyward as I’m an avid birder. I also enjoy poetry, dancing, riding my bike, gardening, laughter, learning, and deep conversation.