School of Nursing

Mary A. Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB

Mary A. Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue Stop 8101
Pocatello, ID 83209-8101

Research Interests

  • Physical Activity Interventions for Vulnerable Populations
  • Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention
  • Influence of Neighborhood and Environment on Health Outcomes
  • Community Based Participatory Research


Dr. Nies is the Dean and Professor at Idaho State University School of Nursing in Pocatello, Idaho. Dr. Nies is a behavioral nurse scientist with a research focus on community interventions promoting health in vulnerable populations. Her scientific expertise lies in health promotion and intervention research. In addition to being an invited speaker, she has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences. She has received extensive federal and foundation funding to support her research. Dr. Nies has numerous publications in well-recognized peer review journals. She is the co-author of the textbook Community/Public Health Nursing: Promoting the Health of Populations now in its 5th edition. Dr. Nies has experience working with interdisciplinary research teams and has served on several NIH and CDC grant review study sections. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior. Dr. Nies was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in 2011 in Mexico. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Nursing and the Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing. Her BSN is from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her MSN from Loyola University Chicago, and her PhD in Nursing Science is from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of Nursing, University of Michigan working with Dr. Jean Goeppinger and Dr. Nola Pender.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209