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R. Turner Goins







Ambassador Jeanette W. Hyde Endowed Professor of Gerontological Social Work

Phone: 828.227.3515


Office: Health and Human Sciences Building (HHSB) 316


Ph.D.: University of Massachusetts, Boston Post doctoral research fellowship: Duke University Medical Center

M.S.: Gerontology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

B.A.: Psychology, East Carolina University


For the last 19 years, Dr. Goins' research has focused on American Indian and Alaska Native health- and aging-related issues. She has received rigorous graduate and post graduate training in the multidisciplinary field of gerontology as well as epidemiology. This training has been complemented by intensive mentoring by leaders in the field of American Indian and Alaska Native health. Her primary data collection efforts with tribal communities adopts a community-based participatory research approach, wherein her research examines issues of local importance. She has had the opportunity to work with a number American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the U.S. Most recently, she returned from six months in New Zealand where she was a J. William Fulbright Scholar at the University of Auckland. Her Fulbright research allowed her to expand her understanding of indigenous aging issues among the Māori. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the National Council on Aging, the Reed Foundation, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and past President of the Southern Gerontological Society (2016-17). To date, she has published her research in over 80 peer reviewed journal manuscripts.


Tehee, M., Buchwald, D., Booth-LaForce, C., Onidpanah, A., Manson, S. M., & Goins, R. T. (2018). Traumatic stress, social support, and health among older American Indians: The Native Elder Care Study. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbx163

Goins, R. T., Jones, J., Schure, M., Winchester, B., & Bradley, V. (2018). Type 2 diabetes management among older American Indians: Beliefs, attitudes, and practices. Ethnicity & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2018.1493092

Goins, R. T., Scarton, L., & Winchester, B. (2019). The first rural community: Indian Country. Generations, 43(2), 76-83.

Schure, M., Goins, R. T., Jones, J., Winchester, B., & Bradley, V. (in press). Dietary beliefs and management of older American Indians with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Goins, R. T., Schure, M., & Winchester, B. (in press). Frailty in older American Indians: The Native Elder Care Study. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

Goins, R. T., Noonan, C., Winchester, B., & Brock, D. (in press). Depressive symptoms and all-cause mortality in older American Indians with type 2 diabetes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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