Marigold Linton, PhD (Cahuilla-Cupeno)

64 Marigold Linton, PhD (Cahuilla-Cupeno)Board Position

Former President & Board Ex-Officio Member

Committee Membership

Awards (co-chair), Evaluation (chair), Leadership Institute (chair), National Communications Program, National Conference Program, Nominations

Institutional Affiliation

Director, American Indian Outreach
University of Kansas, American Indian Outreach


Cognitive psychology


Marigold Linton, PhD, is Cahuilla-Cupeno, and an enrolled member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. She was born and raised on the Morongo Reservation in Southern California of an American Indian father and a non-Indian mother. She is the first California reservation Indian to have ever left the reservation to go to a university. She is reportedly the 17th American Indian to have ever earned a PhD in any discipline.

She received her BA from the University of California, Riverside; did graduate work at the University of Iowa; and received her PhD from University of California, Los Angeles. All degrees were in experimental psychology. She redirected her research area to cognitive experimental psychology during a sabbatical/postdoctoral year with Donald E. Norman, PhD, at University of California, San Diego.

She taught at San Diego State University reaching the rank of full professor and was recruited by the University of Utah as full professor. Then interested in expanding her scope she was for 12 years an administrator at Arizona State University. During that time she served most importantly as Director of American Indian Programs serving Arizona tribes through the Rural Systemic Initiative. She then moved to the University of Kansas as Director of American Indian Outreach where she is ending her 11th year.

At the University of Kansas, Dr. Linton developed a consortium with Haskell Indian Nations University to support biomedical research opportunities for American Indian students and faculty at both institutions. To support the collaboration she has developed funding through NIH mechanisms including the Bridges to the Baccalaureate programs, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), and the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA).

She is counted as a founder of both SACNAS and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA). She has served on the SACNAS Board of Directors for many years. She served as President in 2005 and 2006—the second woman and the second American Indian—and remains on the board as a senior advisor. She has been involved in a variety of other significant Indian education activities.

She has had a number of significant national appointments including: Committee on Equality of Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), congressionally mandated NSF Committee that reports biannually to congress (2006-2009); NIH National Institutes of General Medical Science, National Advisory Research Resources Council (1982-1986); Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Board of Directors (1977-1985); National Research Council, Committee on Assessment for NIH Minority Research/Training Programs, III (2001-2004); and the National Academy of Sciences, Fellowship Office Advisory Committee (2009-2011).

Awards and honors include the Marigold Linton Endowed Scholarships for American Indian Students at the University of Kansas (2008), one of 37 biographies of notable Americans in Dream It Do It by S. Cook & G. Sholander (2004); Pride of American Indians&mdahs;one of 100 contemporary and historic American Indians recognized (1996); and University California, Riverside 40th Anniversary: “One of 40 Alumni Who Make a Difference” (1994).

Her research on very long term memory has been internationally recognized. [e.g., The maintenance of a complex knowledge base after seventeen years. In D. Medin (ed.) The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 1996, Vol. 33, 127-163.] In 1975 she co-authored a best selling statistics book with P. Gallo. [The Practical Statistician, Brooks/Cole Publishing, Monterey, CA.]

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