ColoradoSPH at CSU Faculty List

Faculty members are listed below by concentration and joint-degree program.

Faculty Resources

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Dr. Lorann Stallones

Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD

Director


970.491.6156

Tracy Nelson, MPH, PhD

Tracy Nelson, MPH, PhD

Associate Director


970.491.6320

Kendra Bigsby

Kendra Bigsby, MPH

Assistant Director


970.491.5800

Christine Chard, PhD

Faculty


970.491.4329

Molly Gutilla, DrPH

Faculty


970-491-3157

Erin Strutz, MS

Academic Support Coordinator


970-491-0746

Kelly Poto

Administrative Assistant


970-491-5190

Animals, People, and the Environment

Faculty Lead: Bunning, Marisa

Co-lead: Sobral, Bruno

Amidon, Tim

Research interests: technical and professional communication, embodied and multimodal literacy, and rhetorics of class, risk, and occupational safety and health

Belk, Keith

Research interests: red meat quality and safety; live animal development; international marketing of red meats; quality management systems

Bunning, Marisa

Research interests: food safety communication; post-harvest produce safety and quality; food processing; consumer food handling behavior

Dargatz, Dave

Research interests: beef cattle health and management

Duncan, Colleen

Research interests: marine mammals in Alaska, where she is helping to implement wildlife health monitoring programs for declining or threatened species

Garry, Frank

Research interests: Johne’s Disease control, causes of mortality in adult cattle, livestock worker educatio, and calf health management

Grigg, Neil

Research interests: Water resouces planning and management, infrastructure management, public works and utility management, and hydraulics and hydrology

Hyatt, Doreene

Research interest: food microbiology

Martin, Jennifer

Research interest: system-based approaches to understanding, maintaining and improving the safety, quality and nutritive value of muscle foods

Morley, Paul

Research interests: patterns of zoonotic and infectious disease occurrence, risk factors, diagnostic tests and methods of prevention in affected animals

Dr. Francisco Olea-PopelkaOlea-Popelka, Francisco

Research interest: Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (AVE)

Ramsdell, Howard

Research interests: the processes responsible for the bioactivation and detoxification of toxic chemicals as well as the biochemical changes caused by toxic chemical exposure

Rao, Sangeeta

Research interest: to identify analytical approaches to tackle disease spread and antimicrobial resistance patterns of infectious agents

Reynolds, Stephen

Research interests: exposure and health effects of organic dusts, bioaerosols and endotoxins, particularly in agricultural settings; evaluating Gram-negative bacterial endotoxins and their role, along with genetic and other risk factors, in lung disease among agricultural workers

Ryan, Elizabeth

Research interests: include translational research spanning laboratory, animal models, and clinical trials for companion animals and human health across the lifespan

Salkeld, Dan

Research interests: wildlife disease, public health and conservation, using approaches from ecology and epidemiology

Schaeffer, Joshua

Research interest: inhalation exposures, primarily aerosols

Sobral, Bruno

Research interests: symbiotic systems, infectious disease, computational biology, bioinformatics, software development and cyberinfrastructure

Thilmany, Dawn

Research interests: analyzing markets, consumer behavior and economic development related to local, organic and other value-added food market segments

Epidemiology

Faculty Lead: Nelson, Tracy

Clark, Maggie

Research interests: the chronic health effects of indoor and occupational exposures to air pollution; a focus has been identifying factors conferring increased susceptibility as well as evaluating vulnerable populations

Fisher, Gwen

Research interests: occupational health psychology, including health and wellbeing among older workers, retirement, work ability, and prolonged working life, and the work/non-work interface, including work/non-work conflict, enhancement, and work/life balance

Gutilla, Molly

Research interests: health equity, health in rural areas, methods of community health assessment, spatial and social epidemiology and research ethics

Magzamen, Sheryl

Research interests: children’s environmental health, ambient pollution mixtures on respiratory health, including anthropogenic pollutants and pesticides, and independent and joint effects of socioeconomic status and environmental exposures on health

Melby, Chris

Research interests: the interplay between dietary eating patterns and exercise/physical activity in regard to energy metabolism and the untoward sequelae of positive energy balance, especially insulin resistance and dyslipidemia

Morley, Paul

Research interests: patterns of zoonotic and infectious disease occurrence, risk factors, diagnostic tests and methods of prevention in affected animals

Most, David

Research interest: the development of novel applications and extensions of statistical methods

Tracy Nelson, MPH, PhDNelson, Tracy

Research interests: the biobehavioral influences on soldier performance and health, the impact of genetic, neuroendocrine and metabolic factors on chronic disease and evaluation and interventions to improve community-level chronic disease risk

Dr. Francisco Olea-PopelkaOlea-Popelka, Francisco

Research interest: Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (AVE)

Peel, Jennifer

Research interests: examining the short-term exposures and health impacts experienced during commuting in Fort Collins; evaluating the cardiovascular, respiratory, and adverse birth outcomes in relation to air pollution in Colorado; investigating cardiovascular and metabolic-related endpoints in relation to exposure to biomass emissions in Honduras; and engaging stakeholders and identifying research needs regarding energy and air pollution in Colorado

Rao, Sangeeta

Research interest: to identify analytical approaches to tackle disease spread and antimicrobial resistance patterns of infectious agents

Rosencrance, John

Research interest: the cause and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders with a specific focus on carpal tunnel syndrome

Shillington, Audrey

Research interests: adolescent and young adult risk behavior prevention and reduction, psychiatric epidemiology, psychometrics, alcohol and other drug use prevention and intervention

Zahran, Sammy

Research interests: population, environment and natural resources; natural hazards and risks; environmental policy and planning

Global Health and Health Disparities

Faculty Lead: Brown, Mark

Barrett, Karen

Research interests: emotion regulation and “social emotions” (such as guilt and shame) during early development, and on cultural and other socialization influences on these processes

Biringen, Zeynep

Research interests: attachment, emotional availability, mindfulness, prevention/intervention science and parental alienation

Borrayo, Evelinn

Research interest: interventions to address cancer disparities among medically underserved populations, such as ethnic minorities, women, older adults, and low-income populations

Brown, Mark

Research interests: molecular oncology; epigenetics; histone modifications; lysine methylation; small molecule drug development; cultural and environmental factors of cancer; issues in health disparities; cultural history of infectious disease; engaging underrepresented students in the sciences; and engaging undergraduates in research

Browne, Katherine

Research interests: how economic life, moral frameworks, and social identities intersect, particularly in situations of cultural stress and change

Chavez, Ernest

Research interests: assessment of ethnic/minority issues, substance use, adolescent issues and educational outcomes

Henry, Kim

Research interests: developmental issues surrounding substance use from a basic research perspective, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative community-based interventions designed to prevent substance use among adolescents and young adults

Hughes, Shannon

Research interests: the medicalization of human distress and the role of psychotropic drugs in managing our mental and emotional lives

Kwiatowski, Lynn

Research interests: medical anthropology, gender violence, global health, international development processes, and hunger, particularly in Vietnam and the Philippines

Lucas-Thompson, Rachel

Research interests: exploring how and why family relationships matter, especially the mechanisms through which both positive and negative qualities of the marital relationship predict parent-child relations and child health

Magennis, Ann

Research interests: human adaptation to disease and nutrition, human skeletal biology, bioarchaeology and global health

Malin, Stephanie

Research interest: community responses to unconventional oil and gas production

Mayer, Adam

Research interests: the interconnections between energy production and consumption, well-being and governance

Pena, Anita

Research interests: public sector economics, labor economics and economic development, as well as undocumented and documented immigration, public policy, poverty and agricultural labor markets

Quirk, Kelley

Research interests: couple and family health, psychotherapy process and outcome, LGBTQ identity and experiences of resiliency and distress, danger signs of relational distress and violence

Snodgrass, Jeffrey

Research interests: cognitive and (biocultural) psychiatric anthropology; subjective well-being; stress and health; addiction; religion and ritual; therapeutic and distressful places and landscapes; virtual worlds; games and play; India (Dalits and Adivasis); ethnographic research methods

Dr. Lorann StallonesStallones, Lorann

Research interests: traumatic agricultural injuries, suicide among farmers, safety issues related to migrant farm workers in the US, and the relationship between pesticide exposures, mood disorders and adverse neurobehavioral outcomes

Volckens, John

Research interests: combustion science, occupational health, aerosol technology and air pollution-related disease

Yuma, Paula

Research interests: the effects of environmental, economic, and social characteristics of neighborhoods on the health and well-being of individuals

Health Communication

Faculty Lead: Williams, Elizabeth

Faw, Meara

Research interests: how the relationships between friends and family affect health and well-being at multiple levels; the communication of social support and how that affects the physiological stress of interactants; and social support, tough love, conflict management and health.

Long, Marilee

Research interests: health and science communication, including media coverage of health and its effects on public support for health policy and on individuals’ behaviors, and the effects of media portrayals of science and scientists on adolescents’ attitudes toward science careers

Sivakumar, Gaya

Research interests: how people acquire and use information from media sources especially on topics that they have very little knowledge of, and the different factors that play a role in the information seekers’ adoption of advice from media sources and its impact on the information seekers’ attitudes and behaviors

Trumbo, Craig

Research interests: health, risk and the environment, with an emphasis on the role of risk in behavioral decision making processes

Dr. Elizabeth WilliamsWilliams, Elizabeth

Research interests: identification, leadership, and learning in a variety of organizational contexts, including distributed teams, multi-team systems, organizations experiencing change and health organizations

Zimmerman, Don

Research interests: health communication, risk communication, and science communication delivered in both print and digital media and their roles in behavioral change

MPH-DVM

Morley, Paul

Research interests: patterns of zoonotic and infectious disease occurrence, risk factors, diagnostic tests and methods of prevention in affected animals

Dr. Francisco Olea-PopelkaOlea-Popelka, Francisco

Research interest: Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (AVE)

Physical Activity & Healthy Lifestyles

Faculty Lead: Graham, Dan

Chard, Christine

Research interests: the role of physical activity on self-esteem and body image in adolescent girls, as well as methodologies to measure physical activity in youth

Diehl, Manfred

Research interests: how adults develop an awareness of their own aging and how this awareness is linked to developmental outcomes; if changing adults’ negative views on aging can facilitate the adoption of behaviors that are known to promote successful aging; and how personality and social-emotional processes contribute to positive adult development and successful aging

Graham, Dan

Research interests: promoting physical activity and healthy eating by clarifying the social ecological factors that facilitate and inhibit these behaviors

Leach, Heather

Research interests: social ecologic determinants of physical activity adoption and maintenance; physical and psychosocial benefits of physical activity for cancer patients and survivors, and other chronic disease populations; translation of physical activity intervention research into standard health care practice and sustainable community programming

Li, Kaigang

Research interests: social-ecological and dynamic determinants of physical activity engagement; trajectories and determinants of cardiovascular health and related modifiable behaviors’ teenage risky driving and alcohol/drug impaired driving

Malcolm, Matt

Research interests: primary care, assistive technology, rehabilitation outcomes, neuro-rehabilitation, and brain stimulation

McCubbin, Jeff

Research interest: movement studies in disability, an area of study designed to develop professionals who respond to motor, physical activity and health needs of people with disabilities

Miller, Benjamin

Research interests: the role of mitochondrial biogenesis in aging; translational regulation of mitochondrial biogenesis; the endogenous antioxidant system and aging; comparative models of aging

Tracy Nelson, MPH, PhDNelson, Tracy

Research interests: the biobehavioral influences on soldier performance and health, the impact of genetic, neuroendocrine and metabolic factors on chronic disease and evaluation and interventions to improve community-level chronic disease risk

Park, Juyeon

Research interests: technology-based functional product development and human factors design and validation, with an overarching goal to improve human health and safety

Pergolotti, Mackenzi

Research interests: cancer rehabilitation, health policy, outcome measurement and e-heath

Riggs, Nathaniel

Research interests: translating basic research in developmental neuroscience to interventions for child and adolescent social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health

Shomaker, Lauren

Research interests: understanding the role of psychological functioning in the etiology, development, and prevention of obesity and obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes

Youngblade, Lise

Research interests: child and adolescent socio-emotional development; access to healthcare for vulnerable youth such as children with special healthcare needs and adolescents; program evaluation; and analysis of developmental processes in applied contexts, such as those related to child abuse, homelessness, childcare and maternal employment, and healthcare

Public Health Nutrition

Faculty Lead: Melby, Chris

Auld, Garry

Research interests: designing community and school nutrition education programs; program evaluation (quantitative and qualitative); sustainable food system issues; interventions and assessments of limited resource audiences

Bellows, Laura

Research interests: public health interventions to address obesity risks in pediatric populations, specifically in those most at-risk due to health disparities (low-income, Latino, and rural communities), as well as how developmental behaviors in early childhood – food neophobia (picky eating) and gross motor skills– relate to dietary intake, physical activity and weight status

Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie

Research interests: the cooking experience as a way to change food behavior and related mediating variables (e.g., attitudes, self-efficacy, preferences) in children and adults; validation of dietary instruments with children and adults; translation of prevention research into practice; minority populations (e.g., Hispanic, American Indian)

Melby, Chris

Research interests: the interplay between dietary eating patterns and exercise/physical activity in regard to energy metabolism and the untoward sequelae of positive energy balance, especially insulin resistance and dyslipidemia

Thompson, Henry

Research interests: human nutrition and breast cancer prevention