New Faculty - Darren Calhoun, Ph.D.

darren calhoun

Dr. Calhoun joins our faculty in fall 2019 as an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Incoming Program Director of the Indians Into Psychology Program (InPsych)

A 2005 graduate of the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Montana, Dr. Calhoun is currently a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Arizona.  He is also a Field Site Principal Investigator and Research Scientist with MedStar Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.  Dr. Calhoun manages a large NIH/NHLBI funded multi-site epidemiological study of cardiovascular disease and diabetes among American Indians. In addition, he is Arizona Field Site Principle Investigator for the Strong Heart Study.

Born and raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation in west central Wyoming, Dr. Calhoun is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and a descendent of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.  Outside of his academic work, he is a partner in a family-owned white water rafting business on the Wind River Reservation.  A fly-fishing enthusiast, a team roper, and a skier, Dr. Calhoun and his can often be found on the sidelines of the soccer field on the weekends cheering on their two active boys. 

A 2005 graduate of the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Montana, Dr. Calhoun is currently a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Arizona and

Dr. Calhoun will teach Psyx 362 Multicultural Psychology at the undergraduate level and Psyx 632 Advanced Multicultural Psychology at the graduate level.  In addition, he will supervise our clinicians in-training at the Clinical Psychology Center and teach Psyx 534 Applied Clinical Methods (Practicum).

Along with Dr. Gyda Swaney, Dr. Calhoun will review applications for the InPsych and Clinical Ph.D. program for the 2019-2010 admissions cycle.  His research interests include the following:

  • 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

Clinically, Dr. Calhoun focuses on:

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