Leah Rouse

Office: Enderis Hall 733
E-mail: larndt@uwm.edu

Leah Rouse

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Psychology


Dr. Rouse teaches Master's courses in school and community counseling, and Doctoral courses in Counseling Psychology Supervision and Practicum.  Her research interests include trauma, stress, and forensic studies within corrections, law enforcement, and military populations. She enjoys working with American Indian communities on issues of mental and behavioral health, including culturally-competent research practices, intergenerational historical trauma, and cross-cultural issues in service delivery. Dr. Rouse uses primarily qualitative research methods to match population needs through specific research strategies based on emic cultural solutions.

Her service efforts are spent providing mental health and research consultation to corrections, law enforcement agencies, Crisis Intervention Teams, and EMS peer-support teams regionally. Dr. Rouse provides pro bono debriefing/psychological first aid and counseling services to law-enforcement personnel, with a focus on critical incident recovery and reintegration for law-enforcement officers returning from active military service.  She also provides pro bono consultation and program-evaluation services for American Indian communities including issues in: mental and behavioral health, intergenerational historical trauma, cross-cultural issues in service delivery, research, and practice; tobacco cessation, and cancer prevention and treatment.

Dr. Rouse has bachelor’s degrees in Spanish Language and Literature and Criminal Justice from UW-Milwaukee (UWM).  She also received her M.S. in Educational Psychology-Community Counseling at UWM.  Her Ph.D. is in Counseling Psychology from UW-Madison.  Dr. Rouse is a Hampton Faculty Fellow with the Mayo Clinic Spirit of E.A.G.L.E.S. program (2010-2013), Coordinator of the Trauma-Informed Care Educational Psychology graduate certificate program, and Affiliate Faculty to the American Indian Studies Program.


Recent Publications


Articles and Papers

Rouse Arndt, L. M., Caskey, M., Fossum, J., Schmitt, N., Davis, A. R., Smith, S. S., Kenote, B., Strickland, R., & Waukau, J. (2013). Menominee Perspectives on Commercial and Sacred Tobacco Use. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 20 (3), 1-22. doi: 10.5820/aian.2003.2013.1

Charles, M. W. & Rouse Arndt, L. M. (2013). Gay- and Lesbian-Identified Law Enforcement Officers: Intersection of career and sexual identity. The Counseling Psychologist. (refereed).

Rouse Arndt L. M., Davis Stribling, A. R.  (2011). Warrior Spirit: Soul Wound and Coping  among American Indians in law enforcement. The Counseling Psychologist. 39(4), 527- 569. (refereed).

Wester, S. R., Arndt, D., Sedivy, S. K., & Arndt, L. (2010). Male police officers and stigma associated with counseling: The role of anticipated risk, anticipated benefit, and gender role conflict. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 11(4), 286-302. (refereed).


Chapters

Rouse Arndt, L. (in press). American Indian Traditional Ways: Convergence & Divergence with Positive Psychology. (Chapter) Religion, Spirituality, & Positive Psychology. Springer Publishing. Accepted with minimal revisions. (Invited).

Rouse, L. M. (in press). American Indians/Alaska Natives and the psychology of men and masculinity. In Handbook of Men and Masculinities. Y.J. Wong & S.R. Wester (Eds.). American Psychological Association.

Rouse Arndt, L. M. & Davis, A. R. (in press). The Métis. Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. (refereed).

Arndt, L. (2008). American Indians and Alaska Natives: Implications for Educational Psychology. In N.J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational Psychology, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (invited).


Selected Grants


Medical Education and Research Costs, University of Wisconsin
Project Title: Menominee Smoking Cessation Clinical Trial.
Budget Period: 10/01/08—09/30/11
Budget Amount: $509, 564
Principle Investigator: Stevens S. Smith (UW); Leah M. Rouse CI
Funded: Yes 233 PRJ17JX.

National Institutes of Health, Interdisciplinary Research Consortium Pilot under Mayo Clinic Center Grant U54, (Judith Kaur PI)
Project Title: Qualitative Analysis of American Indian Tobacco Use and Research Participation.
Budget Period: 09/01/10—08/31/13
Budget Amount: $246,160
Principle Investigator: Leah M. Rouse (Pilot)
Funded: Yes 1U54CA153605-01.

Community University Partnership Grant, UWM
Project Partner: Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services
Project Title: Honoring Our Youth, Fostering Strong Minds: Improving American Indian School Success in the Milwaukee-metro Area.
Budget Period: 8/1/2011-6/30/2012
Budget Amount: requested $3,000; received $2,000
Principle Investigator: Leah M. Rouse (Pilot)
Funded: Yes.

Center for Urban Population Health (University of Wisconsin Madison & Milwaukee, Aurora Health Care)
Project Title: UW Center of Collaborative Research and Education Initiatives for Health Equity
Budget Period: 01/07/12-05/22/12
Budget Amount: Academic Semester Buyout $7111 salary Spring 2012
Principle Investigator: Ronald Cisler; Leah M. Rouse (Affiliated Scientist)
Funded: Yes 1P60 MD003428.

Spirit of EAGLES, American Indian/Alaska Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer
Project Partner: Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services (SEOTS)
Project Title: One Mind for Wellness: Traditional Tobacco Medicine and Overcoming Smoking Addiction in American Indian Communities 2- day Workshop
Budget Period: 10/1/2012-7/31/2013
Budget Amount: $8,370
Principle Investigator/Principle Grant Author: Leah M. Rouse
Project Director: Mark Powless, M.S., Director SEOTS
Funded: Yes. U54-153605

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, (Petereit, PI).
Project Partners: Native American Cancer Research, USD-Rapids City, Pine Ridge Reservation, Rosebud Sioux
Project Title: American Indian Mhealth Smoking Dependence Study-Walking Forward: Addressing Cancer Health Disparities with American Indians in South Dakota
Budget Period: 9/17/2012 – 7/31/2016
Budget Amount: $1,213,118 (total grant to Petereit et al.)
Project Director/PI: Daniel Petereit, MD
Advisory Board/Consultant: Leah M. Rouse
Funded: Yes NIH grant R01CA170336

National Institutes of Health, Interdisciplinary Research Consortium Pilot under Mayo Clinic Center Grant U54, (Judith Kaur PI)
Project Title: S.T.A.R.T. to T.R.U.S.T.: Family Smoking Intervention
Budget Period: 09/01/13—08/31/15
Budget Amount: $122,000
Principle Investigator: Leah M. Rouse (Pilot)
Funded: Yes 1U54CA153605-01.

Spirit of EAGLES, American Indian/Alaska Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer
Project Partner: Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services (SEOTS)
Project Title: Smoking Cessation through Clinical Hypnosis: Strengthening Our Minds, Our Bodies, Our Future
Budget Period: 10/1/2012-7/31/2013
Budget Amount: $7,300
Principle Investigator/Principle Grant Author: Leah M. Rouse
Project Director: Mark Powless, M.S., Director SEOTS
Funded: Yes. U54-153605


Current Research/Projects


Strengthening Our Minds, Our Bodies, Our Future Cessation Project—a mixed method intervention project to pilot a culturally-tailored hypnosis smoking intervention (motivational interviewing, cessation counseling, CO measurement + cultural elements).

S.T.A.R.T. to T.R.U.S.T.: Family Smoking Intervention—a mixed method pilot to examine a culturally-tailored overnight, family-based smoking cessation camp intervention.

Police Suicide Prevention Project —a mixed-method project examining the coping and risk for law-enforcement officers with the aim of identifying best-practices in suicide education, prevention, intervention, and post-vention for law enforcement.

Menominee Smoking Cessation Project —a mixed-method clinical trial examining the impact of a culturally-tailored smoking-cessation intervention. Funded 233 PRJ17JX [Smith PI; Arndt CI].

Qualitative Pilot Study—a qualitative study examining the possibility of restructuring existing theory on smoking-cessation with an American Indian sample. Funded 1U54CA153605- 01 [Kaur, PI Center grant; Arndt PI Pilot grant].

Providing for the Seventh Generation: Seven year retroactive case review of American Indian female detainees at a Wisconsin Department of Corrections site—a mixed-method project examining the treatment, education, service, and re-entry needs of female American Indian youth detainees.

Honoring Our Youth, Fostering Strong Minds: Improving American Indian School Success in the Milwaukee-metro Area—a qualitative project examining the academic and college readiness gap for American Indian youth in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area, partnership with Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services. Funded UWM CUP [Arndt PI].

View Leah Rouse's curriculum vitae