Ph.D. Candidate

Ariel Marie Shirley Richer

Ariel Richer’s research interests: Intimate partner violence (IPV), American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Indigenous communities, community based participatory research (CBPR), drug and alcohol use, HIV and STI risk, syndemics, intervention and implementation science, mixed methods research.

Ariel Richer is an NIH T32 pre-doctoral fellow at Columbia University School of Social Work working within the Social Intervention Group (SIG), under the direction of Associate Professor Louisa Gilbert. Her focus is on intimate partner violence prevention at the intersection of drug and alcohol use. She is a mixed method researcher who actively engages in community-based participatory research to work collaboratively with Black, Indigenous, and Native communities.

Previously, she worked as an Impact Evaluator at the Administration for Native Americans where she worked directly with community-based organizations developing monitoring and evaluation plans and processes at a community-specific level for Native communities across the US. She is fiercely committed to addressing gender-based violence and has over eight years of experience within domestic violence organizations, sexual assault resource centers, and economic enhancement programs for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence. Ariel is the co-founder and Director of Research and Advocacy for the Indigenous-led non-profit, Urban Indigenous Collective, that supports the mental health of Urban-living Indigenous people. She earned her Master of Science in Social Work, Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University School of Social work in 2015 and is a Licensed Master Social Worker.