Tribal Health Welcomes Desiree Fox, Ph.D.
Supervisory Clinical Psychologist
What are the primary duties of your new position?
My clinical work will focus on providing psychological assessment and diagnosis, functional assessments, individual psychological treatment, as well as psychoeducational and therapy groups. I also have a particular interest in providing integrated care services and interdisciplinary consultation with a focus on health and wellness.
Where did you receive your education?
I received my undergraduate and graduate (Masters and Doctorate) degrees from the University of Montana—Missoula. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System- American Lake Division in Tacoma, WA.
What is your prior experience relevant to your new position?
During my graduate training I completed practicum hours within the CSKT community working with adolescents and adults. I worked with the Tribal Defender Office for several years where I helped provide assessment and treatment services. I also worked with Tribal Health providing integrated care and therapy services. Additionally, I provided integrated care services for Partnership Health Center in Missoula. During my internship and fellowship training years with the VA, I completed rotations and specialized experiences in Primary Care Behavioral Health, the Pain Clinic, and Telehealth.
Are you a Tribal Member?
Yes, I am Salish and an enrolled CSKT member
Where are you from?
Why did you choose a career in health?
I chose a career in health to learn new skills to contribute to my community’s overall health and wellness.
What are you excited about in your new position?
I am excited to be home and to be a part of Tribal Health to integrate my skills and knowledge with those that already exist in the tribal community. My approach is to provide quality, culturally-informed services to Indigenous individuals while recognizing and building upon the strengths that already reside in our people and community.
What activities and/or hobbies do you pursue in your free time?
In my free time I work to increase visibility and culturally-relevant services to marginalized populations, including Indigenous and criminal-justice involved individuals. My favorite place is Flathead Lake and I enjoy spending time with my extended family, but especially my husband and two children who are 3 and 5.