Dallas Pettigrew


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 development; parent empowerment and promotion of parent/caregiver skill development; Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences; Community empowerment and organizing; Social Work with Native Americans

Dallas Pettigrew is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and worked there for over 13 years serving in child welfare, human service administration and behavioral health. He is a co-founder of The HERO Project, Cherokee Nation’s children’s behavioral health system. He also worked for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina. He is a Global Leader for Young Children, part of the World Forum Foundation, and serves on the Indigenous Peoples’ Action Group.

Mr. Pettigrew is a Co-Investigator and Director of Community Environmental Change in “A Prevention Trial in Cherokee Nation: Interactive Effects of Environment and SBIRT,” funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and National Institute on Drug Abuse. The project created, implemented and evaluated a new, integrated community-level intervention designed to prevent underage alcohol use and associated negative consequences among Native American and other youth living in rural high-risk communities.

Besides Mr. Pettigrew’s professional experience, he is a former foster parent for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and is an adoptive father. He enjoys hiking, kayaking and exploring in his free time.