R. Turner Goins








Ambassador Jeanette W. Hyde Endowed Professor of Gerontological Social Work
Phone: 828.227.3515
Email: rtgoins@wcu.edu
Office: Health and Human Sciences (HHS) 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 18 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 my 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 is currently a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand (2018), which has allowed her to expand her understanding of indigenous aging issues among the Māori. 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 over 75 peer reviewed manuscripts in research journals.


Goins, R. T., Schure, M. B., Crowder, J., Baldridge, D., Benson, W., & Aldrich, N. (Nov, 2015). Lifelong disparities among older American Indians and Alaska Natives. Research Report No. 2015-08. Washington, DC: AARP.

Goins, R. T., Jones, J., Schure, M., Rosenberg, D. E., Phelan. E. A., Dodson, S., & Jones, D.L. (2015). Older adults’ perceptions of mobility: A metasynthesis of qualitative studies. The Gerontologist, 55(6), 929-942.

Conte, K., Schure, M. B., & Goins, R. T. (2016). Older American Indians’ perspectives on health, arthritis and physical activity: Implications for adapting evidence-based interventions. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13(E81).

Goins, R. T., Noonan, C., Gonzales, K., Winchester, B., & Bradley, V. (2017). Association of depressive symptomology and psychological trauma with diabetes control among older American Indian women: Does social support matter? Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 31(4), 669-674.

Schure, M., & Goins, R. T. (2017). Psychometric examination of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale with older American Indians: The Native Elder Care Study. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 24(3), 1-13.

Goins, R. T., Schure, M., Jensen, P., Suchy-Dicey, A., Nelson, L., Verney, S. P., Howard, B. V., & Buchwald, D., (2018). Lower body functioning and correlates among older American Indians: The Cerebrovascular Disease and Its Consequences in American Indians Study. BMC Geriatrics, 18(6).

Tehee, M., Buchwald, D., Booth-LaForce, C., Onidpanah, A., Manson, S. M., & Goins, R. T. (in press). Traumatic Stress, Social Support, and Health among Older American Indians: The Native Elder Care Study. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

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