Mary Roessel is a Navajo board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her medical degree at the University of Minnesota and returned to the southwest to complete her residency in psychiatry. She received an APA/NIMH Fellowship during her residency and has since worked for twenty-five years with Indigenous peoples of the Southwest, Alaska, and British Columbia. She has a special expertise in cultural psychiatry. She grew up on the Navajo reservation with her parents and grandparents. Her grandfather was a Navajo medicine man. She worked with Navajo medicine men and women to provide trainings on Navajo healing for mental health staff. She also joined her parents to hold Navajo culture camps. In March of 2016, she spoke at the Commission for the Status of Women of the United Nations.