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Ryan Lindsay, PhD, MPH

Chair / Associate Professor

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


Brief Biography:
I am interested in building rural health systems globally and locally. I have led research in how substance use, including smoking, influences communicable disease infection and progression. My research has highlighted the plight of people living with HIV/AIDS and/or addiction, people experiencing homelessness or disability, immigrants, and sex worker populations. I have been involved in Community Health Worker workforce development programming in Idaho since 2016.


  • 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:

  • Rural Health Systems
  • Epidemiology
  • Research and Writing in Health
  • Foundations for Community Health Workers

Research Interests:

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

Selected publications:

  • Schniedewind E, Lindsay RP, Snow S. (2021). Comparison of Access to Primary Care Medical and Dental Appointments Between Simulated Patients Who Were Deaf and Patients Who Could Hear. JAMA Network Open. DOI:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.32207
  • Pool ERM, Dogar O, Lindsay RP, Weatherburn P, Siddiqi K. (2016). Interventions for tobacco use cessation in people living with HIV and AIDS. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016. Issue 6. Art. No.: CD011120. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011120.pub2
  • Lindsay RP, Shin SS, Garfein RS, Rusch ML, & Novotny TE (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
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Janette Olsen, PhD

Health Education Program Director

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. 

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Irene Van Woerden, PhD

MPH Program Director/Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym 242

(208) 282-3926

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.
  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.
  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.


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.

Melissa Caudle, MHE

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Office: Student Recreation Center 266B

(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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Kristin Van De Griend PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Office: Office: Reed Gym 243B

(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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Nnamdi Moeteke, MBBS, MPH

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym 242A


I am interested in working with underserved communities for development and health improvement. Most of my research has focused on strengthening health systems and how training and welfare of health workforce impact on service delivery and population health.


  • MBBS: University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • MPH (specialization in Management of Health Systems): University of Liverpool
  • Residency (Community Health) and Fellowship Training (Health Promotion and Education): Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Nigeria

Teaching Interests:

  • Epidemiology
  • Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
  • Primary Health Care and Rural Health
  • Health Promotion and Education

Selected publications:

  1. Moeteke NS. Combating childhood multinutrient undernutrition and its inequalities in Nigeria: Whitehead’s typology as a policy framework for urgent action. Nigerian Journal of Nutritional Sciences. 2019;40(2):120-126.
  2. Obiebi IP, Moeteke NS, Eze GU, Umuago IJ. Prevalence and correlates of hypertension among healthcare professionals in Nigeria: lessons from a tertiary hospital in South-South Nigeria. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2020;8(2):41-46. doi:10.12691/ajphr-8-2-1
  3. Umuago IJ, Obiebi IP, Eze GU, Moeteke NS. Improving primary health care workers’ knowledge of cervical cancer and visual inspection screening techniques through competency-based training: prospects for expanding coverage in developing countries. International Journal of Community Medicine And Public Health. 2020;7(5):1637-1644. doi:10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20201960
  4. Obiebi IP, Moeteke NS, Eze GU, Umuago IJ. How mindful of their own health are healthcare professionals? Perception and practice of personnel in a tertiary hospital in Nigeria. Ghana Medical Journal. 2020;54(4):215-224. doi:10.4314/GMJ.V54I4.3
  5. Moeteke NS. Setting priorities for disaster management in the East African Sub-region. PAMJ - One Health. 2021;5:12. doi:10.11604/pamj-oh.2021.5.12.30404
  6. Moeteke N. Maternal mortality and its inequality: effectiveness of programme and policy interventions in Nigeria. Academia Letters. 2021; Article 2591.doi:
  7. Moeteke NS. Improving healthcare systems and services in the face of population ageing: policy considerations for low- and middle-income countries. Pan African Medical Journal. 2022;43:190. doi:10.11604/pamj.2022.43.190.30562

Lisa Salazar, PhD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Reed Gym 242

(208) 282-3135

Ph.D., Instructional Design, Idaho State University

Master of Education, Instructional Technology, Idaho State University 

Master of Public Health

Diana Campanella Schow, PhD

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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Christina Martinez

Administrative Assistant II

Master of Science in Health Informatics

Velma Payne, PhD

Program Director of Health Informatics and Assistant Professor

Office: Idaho State University - Meridian Room 667

(208) 373-1952

Brief Biography

Dr. Payne is the Program Director of Health Informatics, College of Health Professions, in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. Dr. Payne has had a progressive 35-year career in Information Technology before entering academia. Her entrepreneurial spirit resulted in co-ownership of a non-profit LLC focusing on the development of healthcare informatics applications to enhance clinical practice. Her research focuses on using technology to enhance patient care, technology-based tools to enhance the patient experience and engagement, reducing disparities of care in rural settings, diagnostic errors, use of feedback and metacognition to enhance clinical reasoning, cognitive aspects of medical decision-making and the impact of cognitive heuristics and biases on diagnosis. 


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Biomedical Informatics, 2011
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh, Biomedical Informatics, 2008
  • MBA, Robert Morris College, 1997
  • MS, Robert Morris College, Computer Information Systems, 1996
  • BS, Oral Roberts University, Computer Science, 1984 

Additional Training

  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research Scholars Program, 2020 Program Sponsors: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, AHRQ, University of Washington School of Public Health and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS).

Current Courses Taught

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Information Governance
  • Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis
  • Health Data Analytics
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Health Informatics Project
  • Health Informatics Internship

Research Interests

  • Reducing Disparities of Care in Rural Settings using Technology
  • Information Technology-based Quality Improvement
  • Impact of Technology on Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes
  • Patient Engagement Informatics Tools / Consumer Health Informatics Tools
  • Reducing Diagnostic Errors with Feedback and Metacognitive-based Interventions
  • Impact of Cognitive Heuristics and Biases on Diagnostic Reasoning


  • Assessing the Current State & Perceived Value of HIT in Critical Access Hospitals in South East Idaho - $20,000 - Internal ISU Faculty Seed Grant
  • Implementation and Evaluation of a Patient Diagnostic Toolkit - $11,062 - AHRQ, PCORP Scholars Program

Selected publications

  • Payne, VL, Hysong, SJ (2016). Model Depicting Aspects of Audit and Feedback that Impact Physicians’ Acceptance of Clinical Performance Feedback.  BMC Health Services Research. 16:260
  • Okafor, N, Payne, VL, Chathampally, Y, Miller, S, Doshi, P, Singh, H (2015). Using Voluntary Reports from Physicians to Learn from Diagnostic Errors in Emergency Medicine. Emergency Medicine Journal, Nov 3, 2015;1-8
  • Payne, VL, Singh, H, Meyer AND, Levy, L, Harrison, D, Graber, ML (2014). Patient-Initiated Second Opinions: Systematic Review of Characteristics and Impact on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Satisfaction. Mayo Clinic Proc, May 2014;89(5):687-696
  • Meyer AND, Payne VL, Meeks D, Rao R, Singh H (2013). Physicians’ Diagnostic Accuracy, Confidence, and Resource Requests: A Vignette Study. JAMA Internal Medicine. Nov 25, 2013;173(21):1952-8 PMID 23979070.
  • Trautner BW, Bhimani RD, Amspoker AB, Hysong SJ, Garza A, Kelly PA, Payne VL, Naik AD (2013). Development and validation of an algorithm to recalibrate mental models and reduce diagnostic errors associated with catheter-associated bacteriuria. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. Apr 15, 2013;13(1):48
  • Graber, ML, Kissam S, Payne, VL, Meyer, AND, Sorensen, AV, Lenfestey, N, Tant E, Henriksen K, LaBresh KA, Singh H (2012). Cognitive Interventions to Reduce Diagnostic Error : A Narrative Review. BMJ Qual Saf, 2013, 21(7):535-557
  • Payne VL (2011). Effect of a Metacognitive Intervention on Cognitive Heuristic Use During Diagnostic Reasoning. PhD Dissertation Research.
  • El Saadawi, G.M., Azevedo, R, Castine, M., Payne, V, Medvedeva, O, Tseytlin, E, Legowski, E, Jukic, D, Crowley, RS (2010). Factors affecting feeling-of-knowing in a medical intelligent tutoring system – the role of immediate feedback as a metacognitive scaffold. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract, 2010, 15(1):9-30. PMID 19434508
  • Payne, VL, Medvedeva, O, Legowski E, Castine M, Tseytlin E, Jukic D, Crowley RS (2009). Effect of a limited enforcement intelligent tutoring system in dermatopathology on student errors, goals and solution paths. Artif Intell Med, Nov, 2009;47(3):175-97. PMID 19782544 Best Student Paper Award – 2009 University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Training Program
  • Payne, V, Kiel, JM (2005). Web-based communication to enhance outcomes: A case study in patient relations. J Healthc Inf Manag, 2005; 19(2):56-63. PMID 15869214
  • Payne, VL, Crowley, RS (2008). Assessing the use of the cognitive heuristic Representativeness in clinical reasoning. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, Nov 6, 2008;571-5. PMID 18999140; PMCID 2656076
  • Payne, VL, Metzler, DP (2005). Hospital Care Watch (HCW): An ontology and rule-based intelligent patient management assistant. Proceedings IEEE Symposium, Computer Based Medical Systems. 2005;479-484

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) Program

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Cindy Hansen, MA

Program Director - CADC

(208) 251-1787

M.A., Sociology (Medical Socialogy, Health, and Illness)

Ms. Hansen has been employed as the Project Director and primary instructor of this cooperative educational program since 1995. Ms. Hansen has a vast breadth of experience and expertise in the areas of medical sociology, health, illness, prevention theories, chemical dependency, and education.

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Matt Andersen

Instructor - CADC

Master of Counseling, Idaho State University
BS, Psychology, Idaho State University

Shantal Laulu, LCPC, CADC

  • Master of Mental Health Counseling, Idaho State University
  • BA, Sociology, Idaho State University

Shantal currently serves on the Board of Behavior Health for Region 6, as well as 2 other board of directors for agencies in our community. She has experience with providing supervision for individuals working towards their LPC as well as their LCPC licensure. She is also passionate about mental health services, substance use treatment, and chemical dependency studies.


Rick Kearns, EdD, Professor Emeritus

Delane Kritsky, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Lloyd "Mike" Morris, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Willis McAleese, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Linda Rankin Professor Emeritus

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