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Ryan Lindsay

Ryan Lindsay, PhD, MPH

Department Chair / Assistant Professor

Office: 1311 E. Central Dr., Meridian, ID 83642


Brief Biography:
I am interested in global health and how substance use, including smoking, influences HIV and tuberculosis. My research has highlighted the plight of homeless, addicted, immigrant, and sex worker populations.


  • Master of Public Health: Brigham Young University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (Global Health emphasis):University of California San Diego/San Diego State University joint doctoral program
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of California San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

Teaching Interests:

  • US & Global Health Systems
  • Epidemiology
  • Technological Applications in Health

Research Interests:

  • Substance use, Tobacco, HIV, Tuberculosis, Social determinants of health, and the household production of health

Selected publications:

  • Lindsay, R. P., Shin, S. S., Garfein, R. S., Rusch, M. L., & Novotny, T. E. (2014). The Association between active and passive smoking and latent tuberculosis infection in adults and children in the United States: results from NHANES. PLoS One, 9(3), e93137. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093137
  • Shin, S. S., Xiao, D., Cao, M., Wang, C., Li, Q., Chai, W. X., Lindsay, R. P., Usita, P. & Novotny, T. E. (2012). Patient and doctor perspectives on incorporating smoking cessation into tuberculosis care in Beijing, China. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 16(1), 126-132. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.11.0044
  • Njord, L., Merrill, R. M., Njord, R., Lindsay, R., & Pachano, J. D. (2010). Drug use among street children and non--street children in the Philippines. Asia-Pacific journal of public health. 22(2), 203-211. doi: 10.1177/1010539510361515
Janette Olsen

Janette Olsen, PhD

Program Director/Associate Professor

Office: Reed Gym 243A

(208) 282-5194

PhD (Health Promotion and Education), University of Utah
MS (Physical Education - Pedagogy), Brigham Young University
BS (Physical Education - Exercise Science), Brigham Young University
AS (Liberal/General Studies), College of Eastern Utah

I enjoy nature and anything related with racquetball.

Teaching Areas
Behavior Change and Personal Wellness

Research Interests
I am interested in resilience and how resilience training can help individuals make choices to learn, grow and ultimately, excel.  A component of resilience is body image.  I am interested in examining how the process of accessing innate resilience can influence body image and health behaviors. 

Lisa Salazar

Lisa Salazar, PhD, MPH

MPH Program Director/Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym 242A

(208) 282-3135

Ph.D., Instructional Design, Idaho State University

Master of Education, Instructional Technology, Idaho State University 

Master of Public Health, Idaho State University

Melissa Caudle, MHE


Office: Reed Gym 242B

(208) 282-2398

  • Master of Health Education, Idaho State University, 2014
  • Bachelor of Science Health Education, Idaho State University, 2001

Teaching Areas: Substance Abuse in Community and Public Health, Environmental Health, Stress and Emotional Health, Introduction to Community and Public Health, Promoting Wellness, Curriculum and Methods in Health Education, Community and Public Health Practicum 

Faculty Advisor: Public Health Student Association of Idaho State University

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Jordyn Galloway

Administrative Assistant 1

Office: Reed Gym 242

(208) 282-2729

Health Education

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) Program


Rick Kearns, EdD, Professor Emeritus

Delane Kritsky, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Lloyd "Mike" Morris, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Willis McAleese, PhD, Professor Emeritus