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Ryan Lindsay

Ryan Lindsay, PhD, MPH

Chair / Associate 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
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

Elizabeth Fore

Elizabeth Fore, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: Gravely Hall, #214


Brief Biography

M. Elizabeth Fore, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Health Program and Interim Director of the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.  She joined the faculty at ISU in 2011. She has extensive experience as an evaluator of local and state-level health services programs and as a qualitative researcher of access to care barriers for underserved populations, including, limited-English-proficient Latinos, Medicaid recipients, and rural residents.  Since 2008, she has been the Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator of 18 grants and contracts totaling over $2 million.


  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, 2006                       
  • Graduate Certificate, University of South Carolina, Women’s Studies, 2004                              
  • M.Ed., Clemson University, Counseling and Guidance Services, 1994
  • B.A., Clemson University, Psychology and History, 1992

Curriculum Vitae

Fore CV

Current Courses Taught

  • MPH 6604:  Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health
  • MPH 6620: Health Program Planning and Evaluation

Selected publications

  • Tarp, H.C., Fore, M.E., Nies, M.A., and Febles, C. G. (2016).  What does it mean to be healthy? Hispanics in the Southeastern Idaho agricultural industry. J Immigrant Minority Health. June 11, 2016. DOI 10.1007/s10903-016-0439-6.
  • Parra-Medina, D., Wilcox, S., Salinas, J., Addy, C., Fore, E., Poston, M.B., and Wilson, D. (2011).  Results of the HHER Lifestyle Trial: A Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Intervention for African American Women Attending Community Health Centers.  American Journal of Public Health, 101, 1914-1921.
  • Parra-Medina, D., Hilfinger, D. K., Fore, E., Mayo, R., Petry, D., and Prabhu Das, I. (2009) The Partnership for Cancer Prevention: Addressing access to cervical cancer screening among Latinas in South Carolina.  The Journal of the South Carolinas Medical Association, 105 (7) 297-308.
  • Messias, D. K. H., McLoughlin, K., Fore, M. E., Jennings, L. B., and Parra-Medina, D. (2008). Societal images of youth: Representations and interpretations by youth actively engaged in their communities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 21,(2) 159-178.
  • Weber, L., and Fore, E.  (2007) Race, ethnicity and health: An intersectional approach.  In Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations. V. Hernan & J. Feagan (eds). Springer Press.
  • Messias, D., Fore, M. E., McLouglin, K., and Parra-Medina, D.  (2005) Adult Roles in Community-Based Youth Empowerment Programs: Implications for Best Practices.  Family and Community Health, 4, 320-37.

Diana Campanella Schow, PhD.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym #243B


Brief Bio:

I complete mixed-methods action research projects to improve health status, social justice and wellness of individuals, communities and organizations in rural and underserved areas. My work has involved direct services, program administration, research and volunteerism. Populations of focus in southeast Idaho and Montana have included victims of child abuse, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Hispanic agricultural workers, Native American populations, persons in poverty and individuals receiving and applying for disability, food stamps, Medicaid and emergency assistance. My international experience includes working with rural programs in Peru and 13 European countries.



  • PhD – Division of Physical Activity and Public HealthInstitute of Sport Science and Sport, Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany, 2017
  • Master of Health Education - Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, 2011
  • Master of Arts - Cultural Anthropology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science -Mass Communications/Public Relations,University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah June, 1992

Curriculum Vitae

Diana Campanella Schow CV

Current course taught:

  • MPH/MHE 6660 Behavior Change Theory and Applications
  • HONS 3391 Happiness in the Modern World
  • MPH 6606 Environmental and Occupational Health
  • MPH 6609 Seminar in Public and Community Health


Selected Publications:

  • Rütten, A., Schow, D., Breda, J. et al. (2016) Three types of scientific evidence to inform physical activity policy: results from a comparative scoping review. Int J Public Health, 61(553).
  • Cartwright E.; Schow D. (2016) Anthropological Perspectives on Participation in CBPR: Insights from the Water Project, Maras, Peru. Qualitative Health Research, 26(1), 136-140.
  • Schow, D. (2006). The Culture of Domestic Violence Advocacy: Values of Equality/Behaviors of Control, Women's Health: New Frontiers in Advocacy & Social Justice Research and simultaneous printing in Women & Health, 43(4).


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Irene van Woerden, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym 242A


Brief Biography:
I am an applied statistician who studies health behaviors and outcomes. Among others, my research has indicated that the food insecurity measurement tools may not be working as expected among college students; shown similarities among friends diet and sleep behaviors; and shown peer selection and peer influence effects on BMI.


  • PhD (Exercise and Nutritional Sciences), Arizona State University
  • MS (Statistics), Arizona State University
  • MS (Statistics), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • BS (Statistics and Chemistry), University of Waikato, New Zealand

Teaching Interests:

  • Statistics

Research Interests:

  • Health behaviors and outcomes; social networks; food insecurity; BMI; chemical exposure; nuclear energy

Selected publications:

  1. van Woerden, I., Schaefer, D., Hruschka, D., Vega-Lopez, S., Adams, A., & Bruening, M. (2019) Similarity in meal plan use among first-year roommates. Appetite.
  2. van Woerden, I., Bruening, M., Montresor-Lopez, J., & Payne-Sturges, D. (2019) Trends and Disparities in Urinary BPA Concentrations Among U.S. Young Adults. Environmental Research.
  3. van Woerden, I., Hruschka, D., Vega-Lopez, S., Schaefer, D., Adams, A., & Bruening, M. (2019) Food insecure college students and objective measurements of their unused meal plans. Nutrients.
  4. Bruening, M., van Woerden, I., Schaefer, D., Hruschka, D., Brewis, A., Whisner, C., Dunton, G.,   Todd, M., P, Ohri-Vachaspati., & Laska, M. (2018) Friendship as a social mechanism influencing body mass index (BMI) among emerging adults. PLoS ONE.
  5. van Woerden, I., Hruschka, D., & Bruening, M. (2018). Food insecurity negatively impacts academic performance. Journal of Public Affairs.
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Kristin Van De Griend PHD, MPH

Assistant Professor

(208) 282-1074

Brief Biography:

I engage in public health research and practice with the intent to promote health equity. Whenever possible, I employ community-based, mixed methods research. My work is grounded within social justice and intersectionality frameworks and I prioritize transdisciplinary teamwork. Most of my global and local research has focused on maternal and child health, violence prevention, water insecurity, and community development. I am especially interested in translating research to practice and policy through implementation science.


B.A., University of Northern Iowa, Biology-biomedicine

M.P.H., University of Iowa, Epidemiology

Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior


Courses Taught:

MPH/HE 6660: Behavior Change Theory and Applications

CPH 4445/HE 5545: Human Sexuality and Community Public Health


Selected Publications:

Bomgaars, D, Van De Griend, KM, Jensen, GA, White, LL, Buursma, MP, Luong, A, Kroeze-Visser, A, Tintle, N, Dunn, SL. (2021). Investigating Rurality as a Risk Factor for State and Trait Hopelessness in Hospitalized Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease. Journal of the American Heart Association, 10 (17). doi: 10.1161/JAHA.121.020768

Tintle, N, Van De Griend, KM, Ulrich, R, ...Best, A. (2020). Diarrhea prevalence in a randomized, controlled prospective trial of point-of-use water filters in homes and schools in the Dominican Republic. BMC Tropical Medicine and Health. medRxiv 2020.10.21.20217299; doi:

Fowler, C, Homandberg, L, Steele, C, Bolt, MA, Tintle, N, Van De Griend, KM, Ulrich, R, & Christians, M (2020). Adult correlates of adverse childhood experiences in Ukraine. Child Abuse & Neglect, 107, 104617. Advance online publication.

Tintle, N, Heynen, A, Van De Griend, KM, Ulrich, R, Ojo, M, Boven, E, Brokus, S, Wade, R, & Best, AA. (2019). Evaluating the efficacy of point-of-use water filtration units in Fiji. Tropical Medicine and Health, 47, 48.

Van De Griend, KM, Billings, DL, Frongillo, EA, Hilfinger Messias, DK, Crockett, AH, & Covington-Kolb, S. (2019). Core strategies, social processes, and contextual influences of early phases of implementation and statewide scale-up of group prenatal care in South Carolina. Evaluation and program planning, 79, 101760. Advance online publication.

Van De Griend, KM, & Messias, DKH. (2014). Expanding the Conceptualization of Workplace Violence: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice. Sex roles: A journal of research 71(1-2), 33-42. DOI 10.1007?s11199-014-0353-0

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Sara Bulla

Administrative Assistant 1

Office: Reed Gym 242

(208) 282-2729

Affiliate and Adjunct Faculty

  • Galen Louis, PhD
  • Judy Thorne
  • Rick Tivis, MPH