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Gabriel Bargen, PhD, CCC-A/SLP

Associate Professor, Pediatric Audiology

barggabr@isu.edu

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

kristina.blaiser@isu.edu

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

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Alycia Cummings, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor, Developmental Speech Sound Disorders, Electrophysiology

cummalyc@isu.edu

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

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Barb Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Dietetic Programs

gordbarb@isu.edu

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

hallchr3@isu.edu

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

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Justin S. Lee, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor and Practicum Field Director, Social Work

leejus2@isu.edu

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

lindrya3@isu.edu

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

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Barbara Mason, Pharm D, FASHP

Professor and Director of Interprofessional Education, Pharmacy

masobarb@isu.edu

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

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Michael Mikitish, MSBA, MPA

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

mikimich@isu.edu

Research Interests: Community disaster resilience and community health.

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Elaine Nguyen PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCACP

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

nguyelai@isu.edu

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

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Diane Ogiela, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Speech Language Pathology

diane.ogiela@isu.edu

Research Interests: Child language development and disorders.

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Evan Papa, PhD, DPT, PT

Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director-Physical Therapy

papaevan@isu.edu

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

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Velma Payne, PhD, MBA, MS

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Health Informatics

paynvelm@isu.edu

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

robiren2@isu.edu

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

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

Hillary E. Swann-Thomsen, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow, ICHR

swanhill@isu.edu

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

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

Assistant Professor, Nursing

tavesusa@isu.edu

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

tivirick@isu.edu

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

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

Irene van Woerden, PhD

Assistant Professor, Statistics

IrenevanWoerden@isu.edu

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

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Dong “Danny” Xu, PhD

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

xudong@isu.edu

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

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