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Faculty and Staff Directory

Faculty

  • Mike Mann, PhD

    Interim Divisional Dean and Associate Professor

    Areas of interest: The intersection between public health and public schooling, especially academic achievement as a social determinant of health, student mental health promotion, and school/community substance abuse prevention partnerships.

    Areas of interest: The intersection between public health and public schooling, especially academic achievement as a social determinant of health, student mental health promotion, and school/community substance abuse prevention partnerships.

  • Ed Baker

    Ed Baker, PhD

    Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy

    Areas of interest: The intersection between public health and public schooling, especially academic achievement as a social determinant of health, student mental health promotion, and school/community substance abuse prevention partnerships.

    Areas of interest: The intersection between public health and public schooling, especially academic achievement as a social determinant of health, student mental health promotion, and school/community substance abuse prevention partnerships.

  • Desmond Banks, PhD, MPH

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Areas of interest: Online education, health policy, health delivery systems.

    Areas of interest: Online education, health policy, health delivery systems.

  • Cynthia Curl, PhD, MS

    Associate Professor

    Areas of interest: The intersection between agriculture and public health; assessing human exposure to pesticides, and improving health and safety in agricultural workplaces. There are frequent opportunities for student intern and volunteer positions in the Curl Agricultural Health lab. If interested, email Dr. Curl

    Areas of interest: The intersection between agriculture and public health; assessing human exposure to pesticides, and improving health and safety in agricultural workplaces. There are frequent opportunities for student intern and volunteer positions in the Curl Agricultural Health lab. If interested, email Dr. Curl

  • Shawn Dunnagan

    Lecturer

    Areas of interest: The intersection between public health and public schooling, especially academic achievement as a social determinant of health, student mental health promotion, and school/community substance abuse prevention partnerships.

    Areas of interest: The intersection between public health and public schooling, especially academic achievement as a social determinant of health, student mental health promotion, and school/community substance abuse prevention partnerships.

  • Andy Hyer, JD, MHS

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Areas of interest: Online education, health policy, health delivery systems.

    Areas of interest: Online education, health policy, health delivery systems.

  • Jennifer Intelicato

    Lecturer

    Areas of interest: Biomedical Science, infectious disease, proteomics, online learning and instruction and online course development

    Areas of interest: Biomedical Science, infectious disease, proteomics, online learning and instruction and online course development

  • Kirk Ketelsen, PhD

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Areas of interest: Using data to inform and drive evidence-based practice, Data Visualization, Data Science and Statistics Education, Health Promotion. Date-centric opportunities are everywhere in today’s world of big data and analytics from in-house projects to grants to local internships. If interested, email Dr. Ketelsen.

    Areas of interest: Using data to inform and drive evidence-based practice, Data Visualization, Data Science and Statistics Education, Health Promotion. Date-centric opportunities are everywhere in today’s world of big data and analytics from in-house projects to grants to local internships. If interested, email Dr. Ketelsen.

  • Nichole Lasich, BSN, MPH

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Areas of interest: Assist students to be their most authentic selves and reach their professional goals, incorporate intersectionality into the biomedical paradigm, and promote public health.

    Areas of interest: Assist students to be their most authentic selves and reach their professional goals, incorporate intersectionality into the biomedical paradigm, and promote public health.

  • Joanna McCormack, MHS, MS, CCA

    Lecturer

    Areas of interest: Epidemiology, maternal and infant health, data analytics & visualization, application of state and federal healthcare policy, health information management, online instruction, and online course design

    Areas of interest: Epidemiology, maternal and infant health, data analytics & visualization, application of state and federal healthcare policy, health information management, online instruction, and online course design

  • Mac McCullough, PhD, MPH

    Associate Professor and Director of Public Health Agency Partnerships

    Areas of interest: McCullough came to Boise State in 2022 from Arizona, where he served in a unique dual role as both tenured faculty at Arizona State University and also health economist at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health

    Areas of interest: McCullough came to Boise State in 2022 from Arizona, where he served in a unique dual role as both tenured faculty at Arizona State University and also health economist at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health

  • Douglas J. Myers, ScD

    Professor

    Areas of interest: Occupational epidemiology; workplace injury; workplace safety; healthcare workers; social determinants of health.

    Areas of interest: Occupational epidemiology; workplace injury; workplace safety; healthcare workers; social determinants of health.

  • Miguel Reina Ortiz, MD, MS, MPH, PhD, CPH

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Interest: HIV prevention and control, emerging infectious diseases, post-disaster health outcomes, global health diplomacy. Interested in studying the dynamic relationships between infectious agents, their hosts, and the environment in which these interactions occur. Also interested in contributing to the international dialogue on disease prevention (including international binding and non-binding instruments and their negotiation and application) and highlighting how the interconnectedness of today’s world reveals the global nature of public health issues.

    Areas of Interest: HIV prevention and control, emerging infectious diseases, post-disaster health outcomes, global health diplomacy. Interested in studying the dynamic relationships between infectious agents, their hosts, and the environment in which these interactions occur. Also interested in contributing to the international dialogue on disease prevention (including international binding and non-binding instruments and their negotiation and application) and highlighting how the interconnectedness of today’s world reveals the global nature of public health issues.

  • Kimberly Rauscher, ScD, MA

    Professor and Emphasis Coordinator

    Areas of interest: Occupational health and safety policy and injury prevention with an emphasis on adolescent workers in the US.

    Areas of interest: Occupational health and safety policy and injury prevention with an emphasis on adolescent workers in the US.

  • Uwe Reischl, PhD, MD

    Professor

    Areas of interest: Occupational health, ergonomics, human factors and telemedicine.

    Areas of interest: Occupational health, ergonomics, human factors and telemedicine.

  • Jaime Sand, EdD, RHIA, CCS, CAHIMS

    Professor, Health Studies Director and Emphasis Coordinator

    Areas of interest: Online and undergraduate curriculum and instruction, health information education, interprofessional education, medical coding training, and nontraditional student engagement

    Areas of interest: Online and undergraduate curriculum and instruction, health information education, interprofessional education, medical coding training, and nontraditional student engagement

  • Ellen Schafer, PhD, MPH, MCHES

    Assistant Professor and MPH Graduate Program Director

    Areas of Interest: Influence of social context, social networks, and social support on behaviors related to maternal child health and caregiving

    Areas of Interest: Influence of social context, social networks, and social support on behaviors related to maternal child health and caregiving

  • Vinita Sharma, PhD, MPH, CPH, CHES

    Assistant Professor

    Areas of interest: Vinita teaches health education and promotion classes, along with prevention and intervention designs. Her research focuses on the intersections of substance use, HIV and mental health.

    Areas of interest: Vinita teaches health education and promotion classes, along with prevention and intervention designs. Her research focuses on the intersections of substance use, HIV and mental health.

  • Megan L. Smith, PhD

    Associate Professor

    Areas of interest: Dr. Smith’s work builds on education, human development, and public health science to study the contextual factors that promote or thwart health outcomes (particularly substance use, mental health, and sexual risk behavior) for young people.

    Areas of interest: Dr. Smith’s work builds on education, human development, and public health science to study the contextual factors that promote or thwart health outcomes (particularly substance use, mental health, and sexual risk behavior) for young people.

  • Sarah Toevs, PhD

    Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Aging

    Areas of interest: Program evaluation and assessment. Committed to generating real-time evidence for use in community-based planning and decision making.

    Areas of interest: Program evaluation and assessment. Committed to generating real-time evidence for use in community-based planning and decision making.

  • Tom Turco, MS, REHS, ASP

    Lecturer

    Areas of interest: Environmental health, public health emergency response, integration of online educational resources in lieu of textbooks and development of Pressbook textbooks for classes.

    Areas of interest: Environmental health, public health emergency response, integration of online educational resources in lieu of textbooks and development of Pressbook textbooks for classes.

Staff

  • Ashley Havlicak

    Senior Academic Programs Coordinator

    Areas of interest: Policy, environment and systems change, school and adolescent health, mental health, health equity, social influencers of health, project management, collective impact and collaboration

    Areas of interest: Policy, environment and systems change, school and adolescent health, mental health, health equity, social influencers of health, project management, collective impact and collaboration

  • Taylor Neher

    Program Manager

    Areas of interest: Community Evaluations and building community leadership; Youth, Young Adult, and Carceral Populations Mental Health

    Areas of interest: Community Evaluations and building community leadership; Youth, Young Adult, and Carceral Populations Mental Health

  • Kelsey Nelson

    Undergraduate Internship Coordinator

    Areas of interest: Career development, job and internship application and search, interviewing, resume, cover letter, and ePortfolio Development

    Areas of interest: Career development, job and internship application and search, interviewing, resume, cover letter, and ePortfolio Development

  • Hailey Stewart

    Communications Specialist

    Areas of interest: Supporting the department’s communications needs through sharing information about academics, events, and highlighting the work of faculty members and students.

    Areas of interest: Supporting the department’s communications needs through sharing information about academics, events, and highlighting the work of faculty members and students.

  • Maria Tellez, MHS

    Operations Manager

    Areas of interest: Supporting department in University fiscal and policy procedures, supporting department strategic initiatives, community building, process improvement

    Areas of interest: Supporting department in University fiscal and policy procedures, supporting department strategic initiatives, community building, process improvement

  • Jessica Valerio

    Management Assistant

    Areas of interest: Supporting department in University fiscal and policy procedures, supporting department strategic initiatives, community building, process improvement

    Areas of interest: Supporting department in University fiscal and policy procedures, supporting department strategic initiatives, community building, process improvement

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    Athanasia Versis

    Student Administrative Assistant

    Areas of interest: To be of service to others in any way that I can. As a current nursing student, I am very passionate about different aspects of patient care, having empathy for others, and altruism. In the office, I use my skills towards activities that involve starting up and carrying out projects. 

    Areas of interest: To be of service to others in any way that I can. As a current nursing student, I am very passionate about different aspects of patient care, having empathy for others, and altruism. In the office, I use my skills towards activities that involve starting up and carrying out projects. 

  • Adam Wagner

    Student Communications Assistant

    Areas of interest: Supporting the department’s communication needs by corresponding with students and faculty, attending and helping to facilitate events, and addressing project-based tasks.

    Areas of interest: Supporting the department’s communication needs by corresponding with students and faculty, attending and helping to facilitate events, and addressing project-based tasks.

  • Brian Young

    Director of Academic Operations

    Areas of interest: Online learning, learning management systems, instructional design

    Areas of interest: Online learning, learning management systems, instructional design