Thea Wilshire


Thea Wilshire works as a psychologist, author, and educator. With over two decades of work in health care delivery and consulting throughout Indian Country, Wilshire is an expert in rural and tribal psychological interventions and has received numerous awards from such organizations as the American Psychological Association, Indian Health Service, and the Arizona American Indian Integrated Care Forum.

She helped develop statewide training programs on multijurisdictional involuntary commitment processes involving tribal and county courts, worked with an intertribal task force seeking federal Medicaid legislation changes to support correctional health care in Indian Country, and helped create the first tribally-run postdoctoral training program for Native American psychologists in the United States.

Wilshire has served as an elected official, been honored for her work in community development and leadership, and is passionately dedicated to the quality of life promotion and social infrastructure expansion.