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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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