New Faculty Member

Darren Calhoun, Ph.D.

 Darren Calhoun

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology (as of Fall 2019)

(Incoming) Program Director, Indians Into Psychology Program (InPsych)


  • Psych 362, Multicultural Psychology
  • Psych 534, Applied Clinical Methods
  • Psych 631, Advanced Multicultural Psychology

Notice to Applicants:

Dr. Swaney and I will be jointly reviewing applications for the InPsych & Clinical PhD program for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle.  For admissions queries: 

Personal Summary:

I was born and raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation in west central Wyoming and am an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and a descendent of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.  Outside of my academic work, I am partner in a family-owned white water rafting business on the Wind River Reservation, a fly-fishing enthusiast, a team roper, and a skier.  My wife and I are the proud parents of two active boys and can often be found on the soccer field sidelines on weekends. 

Research Interests:

  • Strong Heart Study: Chair of Psychosocial Committee, Member of Ethics Committee, Member of Steering Committee, and ongoing collaborator
  • Behavioral management of chronic disease among American Indians
  • Health disparities among rural and minority populations
  • Epidemiological studies in underserved communities
  • Relationship between psychosocial variables and health outcomes
  • Use of Motivational Interviewing in patients with Diabetes and Heart Disease

 Clinical Interests:

  •  Health/medical psychology
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cultural issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Brief Interventions in medical settings
  • Psychological factors impacting health conditions

Education & Professional Credentials :

10/13 – present   Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Arizona #4331

09/07-09/10         Senior Research Postdoctoral Fellow, MedStar Health Research Institute,  Hyattsville MD & Arizona Field Office

05/05                    Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, University of Montana (APA accredited), Missoula, Montana

08/02-07/03         Pre-doctoral Internship, Clinical Psychology, Carl T. Hayden VA, Phoenix Arizona

05/99                     Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, University of Montana, Missoula Montana                   

05/90                    Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming


Provac AM, Chang Y-F, Chang C-C, Matthews KA, Donahue JM, Scheir MF, Haberman EB, Kuller L, Goveas JS, Chapmen B, Duberstein P, Messina C, Weaver K, Saquib N, Wallace R, Caplan RC, Calhoun D, Smith JC, Tindle HA.  Are optimism and cynical hostility associated with smoking cessation in older women? Women’s Health Initiative.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2017; 51 (4): 500-510.

McDonnell MG, Nepom JR, Leickly E, Suchy-Dicey A, Hirchak K, Echo-Hawk A, Schwartz SM, Calhoun D, Donovan D, Roll J, Ries R, Buchwald. A culturally tailored behavioral intervention for alcohol use disorders in three American Indian communities: Rationale, design, and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2016; 47: 93-100.

Zhao Qi, Zhu Y, Yeh F, Lin Jue, Lee E.T., Cole S, Calhoun D, Zhao Jinying. Depressive Symptoms are associated with leukocyte telomere length in American Indians: Findings from the Strong Heart Family Study. Aging. 2016; 8: 2961 – 2970.   

Jacob MM, Gonzales KL, Calhoun D, Beals J, Mueller CJ, Goldberg J, Nelson L, Welty TK, Howard BV.  Psychological Trauma and Type 2 diabetes, prevalence, glucose control, and treatment modality among American Indians in the Strong Heart Family Study.  Journal of Diabetes and its Complications. 2013; 27(6): 553-557. 

Orr R, Calhoun D, Noonan C, Whitener R, Henderson J, Goldberg J, Henderson PN.  A history of ashes:  An 80 year comparative portrait of smoking initiation in American Indians and non-Hispanic whites:  the Strong Heart Study.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(5):1747-1762.

Uebelack LA, Eaton CB, Weisberg R, Sands M, Williams C, Calhoun D, Manson JE, Denburg NL, Taylor T.  Social support and physical activity as moderators of life stress in predicting baseline depression and change in depression over time in the Women’s Health Initiative.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2013; 48(12):1971-82.

Lakey SL, LaCriox AZ, Gray SL, Borson S, Williams CD, Calhoun D, Goveas JS, Smoller JW, Ockene JK, Masaki KH, Coday M, Rosal MC, Woods NF.  Antidepressant use, depressive symptoms, and incident frailty in women age 65 and older from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study.  Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2012; 60(5):854-861. 

Fretts AM, Howard BV, McKnight B, Duncan GE, Beresford SA, Calhoun D, Kriska AM, Storti KL, Siscovick DS. Modest levels of physical activity are associated with a lower incidence of diabetes in a population with a high rate of obesity: The Strong Heart Family Study. Diabetes Care. 2012; 35(8):1743-1745. PMID: 22723343.

De Marco M, de Simone G, Roman MJ, Chinali M, Lee ET, Calhoun D, Howard BV, Devereux RB. Cardiac geometry and function in diabetic or pre-diabetic adolescents and young adults: The Strong Heart Study. Diabetes Care. 2011; 34(10):2300-2305. PMID: 21873564.

Yeh F, Dixon AE, Marion S, Schaefer C, Zhang Y, Best LG, Calhoun D, Rhoades ER, Lee ET. Obesity in adults is associated with reduced lung function in metabolic syndrome and diabetes: The Strong Heart Study. Diabetes Care. 2011; 34(10):2306-2313. PMID: 21852681 

Wang H, Shara NM, Lee ET, Devereux R, B, Calhoun D, Simone d G,Umans, JG, Howard BV. (2011). Hemoglobin A1C, glucose, and cardiovascular risk in a population with high prevalence of diabetes:  The Strong Heart Study. Diabetes Care. 2011; 34(9):1952-1958.  PMID:  21788631

Calhoun D, Beals J, Carter EA, Lee E, Welty T, Fabsitz RR,  Howard BV. Relationship between glycemic control and depression among American Indians:  The Strong Heart Study.  The Journal of Diabetes and its Complications. 2010; 24(4):217-222.

Calhoun D, Brod R, Kirlin KA, Howard BV, Schuldberg D, Fiore C.  Effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing for improving self-care among Northern Plains Indians with type-2 diabetes.  Diabetes Spectrum. 2010; 23(2):107-114.

Wang H, Lee ET, Calhoun D, Howard BV. Incidence rates and predictors of diabetes in those with pre-diabetes:  The Strong Heart Study. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews. 2010; 26(5):378-385.

Egan JT, Leonardson G, Best LG, Welty T, Calhoun D, Beals J. Multidimensional health locus of control in American Indians: The Strong Heart Study. Ethnicity & Disease. 2009; 19(3):338-344.

Roman MJ, Devereaux RB, Kizer JR, Okin PM, Lee ET, Wang W, Umans JG, Calhoun D, Howard BV.  High central pulse pressure is independently associated with adverse cardiovascular outcome: The Strong Heart Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2009; 54(18):1730-1734.


2007: Minority Investigator Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute

2003: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Dissertation Award, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases

1996: Greenberg Health Psychology Scholarship, University of Montana, Psychology Department

1995: Doctoral Scholar Fellowship, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)