Schooling Systems

International Education Specialists, 

Curriculum writers and Researchers.


Dr. Jean E. Balestrery

Dr. Balestrery is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Balestrery is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research is informed by many years of practice experience. For more than 15 years, Dr. Balestrery has worked in Alaska, collaborating with Alaska Native peoples in practice and research. Her work spans urban, rural and remote village sites in Alaska. Her research centers on health, aging, clinical practice, service delivery systems and intercultural communication in a diverse global society. She was selected in 2015 as a scholar-participant for the “Translational Health Disparities” course sponsored the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities with National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and as an ambassador with Gerontological Society of America for a U.S.-China delegation at the 1st annual “Healthy Ageing & Society” research symposium in Suzhou, China. Dr. Balestrery is a Spirit of Eagles Hampton Faculty Fellow addressing Native health disparities and has served three years as a Councilor on the Council of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression with the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Balestrery conducts consultation and training with community-based stakeholders. Education: She earned her Ph.D. degree in social work and anthropology from University of Michigan, Master of Arts degree in anthropology from University of Michigan, Master of Social Work degree from University of Washington and Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University.​​

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