Stefanie Gillson

Title: Institute Scholars

Location: Dakota-Santee Sioux of Nebraska

I believe that connections between mental, physical, and cultural well being need to be viewed from both a clinical and public health viewpoint, and I strive to work within both fields to address the health needs of Native American communities.

- Stefanie Gillson


Stefanie Gillson, MD (Dakota-Santee Sioux) is from Mni Sota Makoce also known as Minnesota and the Dakota homelands. She is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Adult Psychiatrist Yale Child Study Center as well as part of the National Clinical Scholars Program. She finished her training at Yale University where she was the Chief Resident of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Dr. Gillson earned her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Minnesota where her education was focused on rural and Indigenous health. Her research and service portfolio focuses on developing community-based initiatives to address mental health needs among Indigenous youth through a historical and contemporary lens with an emphasis of protective factors. She is a member of the Association of American Indian Physicians where her primary focus is recruiting Indigenous youth into the medical field. She has been working with and learning from the JHU Duluth team since 2013.

Stefanie is based out of New Haven, CT.