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Idaho State University

Gabriel Bargen, PhD, CCC-A/SLP

Associate Professor, Pediatric Audiology

Research Interests: Evaluating risk indicators for delayed-onset hearing loss and through community collaboration efforts, finding ways to make resources accessible to all children who are hard of hearing or deaf and their families. 


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Kristina Blaiser, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Speech Language Pathology

Research Interests: Program evaluation and assessment of children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, family coaching, and telehealth models of service delivery.


Alycia Cummings, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor, Developmental Speech Sound Disorders, Electrophysiology

Research Interests: Electrophysiological methods are used to examine the phonological representations of sounds in children with speech sound disorders.


Barb Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Dietetic Programs

Research Interests: Dietary modifications for urological conditions, health literacy and social determinants of health, public health nutrition, evidence-based practice, and experiential learning.


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Christine M. Hall, MAT, MPAS, PA-C

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Health disparities, underserved populations, access to quality health care, patient-centered care, Idaho immunization rates, cervical cancer screening and treatment, and cardiology.


Justin S. Lee, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor and Practicum Field Director, Social Work

Research Interests: Refugee integration, particularly focusing on improving cultural adaptation in mental health treatment, Hispanic/Latino health disparities, and community-based participatory research methods.


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Ryan Lindsay, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Community and Public Health

Research Interests: Substance use, tobacco, HIV, tuberculosis, social determinants of health, and the household production of health.


Barbara Mason, Pharm D, FASHP

Professor and Director of Interprofessional Education, Pharmacy

Research Interests: The scholarship of teaching, medication adherence, transitions of care, community pharmacy and public health roles.


Michael Mikitish, MSBA, MPA

Chair, Emergency Services Department and Director, Institute of Emergency Management

Research Interests: Community disaster resilience and community health.


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Elaine Nguyen PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCACP

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Research Interests: Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and health services, including pharmacy, telehealth, and rural care services.


Diane Ogiela, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Speech Language Pathology

Research Interests: Child language development and disorders.


Evan Papa, PhD, DPT, PT

Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director-Physical Therapy

Research Interests: Quantifying mobility impairments and reducing falls in Parkinson’s disease, and reducing falls in healthy older adults.


Velma Payne, PhD, MBA, MS

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Health Informatics

Research Interests: Quality and safety, diagnostic errors, patient engagement, feedback, clinical reasoning, cognition, and cognitive heuristics and biases.


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Renee Robinson, PharmD, MPH, MSPharm

Associate Professor, Pharmacy

Research Interests: Pediatric pharmacotherapy, public health, health disparities, mixed methods research, health outcomes, and clinical research.


Hillary E. Swann-Thomsen, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, ICHR

Hillary E. Swann-Thomsen, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow, ICHR

Research Interests: Pediatric health psychology, health care utilization and delivery, perinatal psychobiology, developmental behavioral neuroscience 


Susan S. Tavernier, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN®

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Research Interests: Cancer-related quality of life, personalized care, and distress management; decision making, integrative therapies, presence, evidence-based practice; and research design and methods.


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Rick Tivis, MPH

Associate Professor, Research and Assistant Director/Biostatistician, ICHR

Research Interests: Health care utilization, research methodology,  and analyses of large datasets (e.g., EHRs).


Assistant Professor, Statistics with the College of Nursing, Dr. Irene Van Woerden

Irene van Woerden, PhD

Assistant Professor, Statistics

Research Interests: Health behaviors and outcomes; in particular, I focus on social networks and food insecurity


Dong “Danny” Xu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy, and Director, Pharmaceutical Science Graduate Programs

Research Interests: Drug discovery and re-Purposing, drug safety, and biomedical software development.