Denise M. Alvarado
Denise Alvarado is a New Orleans born, native Creole raised in the unique culture of New Orleans, Louisiana and has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal and academic perspective for over four decades. She has a M.S. in Professional Psychology from Walden University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. An independent researcher, Denise is a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists as well as several special interest groups including Anthropology of Childhood and Children Interest Group (ACCIG), Digital Anthropologies Interest Group (DAIG), and Interest Group on NGOs and Nonprofits (IGNN). She is Editor in Chief of Hoodoo & Conjure magazine, as well as a series of books that focus on folk magic traditions from the American South.
Denise's activities include cultural and spiritual consulting, assessment, & training for individuals and organizations. She is regularly consulted by film makers and production companies about New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo and southern folk magic traditions. She has consulted with Scotland Yard on the issue of African Ju Ju and human trafficking, the History Channel on New Orleans Voodoo and with the production company for the Sci-Fi channel Raw TV on paranormal phenomenon. Her artwork has appeared on National Geographic's Taboo, Blue Bloods, the Originals and the Vampire Diaries.
Denise was the recipient of Walden University's Fellowship in Research and Applications for Social Change, 2008-2009 with her research The Native American Wellness Scale (NAWS): The Development of an Intertribal Quality of Life Measure for Native American and Indigenous Populations. She developed the first culturally appropriate quality-of-life instrument for use among Native American populations.
Denise lives the life she writes about and researches, giving her a unique participant observation perspective to her work.