Dr. Lisa Grayshield

lisaAssociate Professor

Counseling & Educational Psychology

(575) 646-2124

Curriculum Vitae (190.0 KiB)

Lisa Grayshield is a member of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

Research Interests:

Dr. Grayshield’s research interests include Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK) in counseling and psychology.  Specifically, she is interested in the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge forms as viable options for the way counseling and psychology is conceptualized, taught, practiced, and researched.

Recent Publications:

Grayshield L., & Mihecoby A. (2011). Indigenous ways of knowing as a philosophical base for the promotion of peace and justice in counseling education and psychology. Journal for Social Action in Counseling Psychology, On-line Journal. Editors: Tod Sloan from Lewis and Clark College and Rebecca Toporek from San Francisco State University.

Nidich, S., Hagelin, J., Colbert, R., Jones, C., Rainforth, M., Gerace, D., Nidich, J., Grayshield, L. (in press, scheduled for publication in 2011). Reduced psychosocial stress in Hispanic, African American and Native American secondary school students practicing the transcendental meditation program. The Journal of Instructional Psychology.

Garrett, M., Torres-Rivera, E., Brubaker, M., Awe Agahe Portman, T., Brotherton, D., West-Olatunji, C., Conwill, W., & Grayshield, L. (2011). Crying for a vision: The Native American sweat lodge ceremony as therapeutic intervention. Journal of Counseling and Development, 89, 318-325.

Grayshield, L. (2010). The bears of bear island: A reflection of a classroom community building experience from an Indigenous Way of Knowing.  Association for Specialists in Group Work, 39(2), 6-7.

Grayshield, L. (2009). The bears of bear island: A theoretical approach to classroom guidance based on indigenous ways of knowing.  Action Research in The Classroom. Center for Teaching Excellence, Eastern New Mexico University, pp. 177–184.

Grayshield, L. (2006). Barriers and best practices for American Indian students. New Mexico Review, 14, 7-18.


Dr. Grayshield has served the NMSU community as a board member for the Teaching Academy and as an active member of the NMSU Tribal Voice Group. She previously served on the Diversity Committee and the College of Education’s Sustainability Committee.  She serves the local community as a board member for Indigenous Nations for Community Action (INCA). She was currently elected to the VP of the Native Concerns Group for the American Multicultural Counseling Division (AMCD).

Academic Background:

M.A. in Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada Reno, 2002.

Ph.D. in Counseling and Educational Psychology, University of Nevada Reno, 2006.