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Dallas Pettigrew, MSW


Education: BS-Criminal Justice, Northeastern State University (2002); BSW, Northeastern State University (2011); MSW, University of Oklahoma (2012)

Research Interests: Early childhood social and emotional wellbeing; parent and caregiver skill development; addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences; Tribal sovereignty and tribal member social welfare; child welfare; addressing systems and structures that oppress members of tribes and other communities of color or diversity.

Dallas Pettigrew is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and grew up in Adair County, OK. He joined the faculty in January 2017.  Before that he worked for the Cherokee Nation, with experience in Child Welfare, Human Service Administration, Higher Education/College Resources, and Behavioral Health. He also was the first Program Manager of the Family Safety Program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC. He is a Global Leader for Young Children, part of the World Forum Foundation, and serves on its Indigenous Peoples’ Action Group.

Mr. Pettigrew is a Co-Investigator and Director of Community Environmental Change in “A Prevention Trial in Cherokee Nation,” a five-year long study funded by the National Institutes of Health, testing interventions that prevent underage alcohol use.  He is also the founding director of the Center for Tribal Social Work in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. He and his collaborators have been awarded approximately $1,600,000 in grants and contracts to support the education, training, and workforce development of tribal child welfare professionals, including $650,000 to provide stipends for tuition and other expenses for social work students who commit to working in tribal child welfare upon graduation.

Mr. Pettigrew teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in macro social work including Human Diversity and Societal Oppression and Social Welfare Policy. He is the facilitator of the OU-Tulsa Police Advisory Council and formerly served as the 2nd Vice President (Treasurer) of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, of which he has been a member since 2010.

In his free time, Mr. Pettigrew enjoys woodworking, kayaking, hiking, and road trips. He is the father of one son, and uncle of several nieces and nephews.