Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
mollybre@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Molly Brennan, M.P.H.

Advisor/Student Placement Coordinator

Ms. Brennan’s areas of expertise include tobacco prevention, cessation and advocacy; state and federal policy work; program management and evaluation and; facilitating and teaching.  In her 20-year career of public health, she has worked for the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Branch, Mount Olive College, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Albion College.

Ms. Brennan served on the University of Michigan School of Public Health Alumni Board of Governor’s from 2003- 2009 and has served on several national committees including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Cardiovascular Health Council Advocacy and Policy Committee, the National Cardiovascular Health Council Internal Organization Committee and the Expert Policy Panel for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
ngouin@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Nancy Gouin, M.P.H., MT (ASCP)

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Program Director/Lecturer

Nancy Gouin is the Program Director for the Medical Technology Program as well as lecturer in clinical laboratory sciences. She earned a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Wisconsin and M.P.H. from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas.

Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
PHHS-Info@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Julie Hollenbeck, M.Ed., R.T.(T)

Radiation Therapy Program Director/Lecturer

Julie Hollenbeck is the Program Director for the Radiation Therapy Program as well as a lecturer. She earned a B.S. in Secondary Education at Western Michigan University, a B.S. in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences at Grand Valley State University and an M.Ed in Adult and Higher Education from Grand Valley State University. She is also a registered radiation therapist through the American Registry of Radiological Technologists.

Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
vickij@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor / Research Program Manager

Dr. Johnson-Lawrence is a social epidemiologist interested in the application of epidemiologic methods that capture the dynamic nature of psychosocial factors over the life course, and how these factors contribute to chronic disease risk.  Further, she is interested in racial/ethnic patterns of comorbid mental and physical health outcomes, and how these patterns vary throughout the life course.

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(810) 762-3172
Email:
gergana@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Gergana Kodjebacheva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kodjebacheva earned a B.A. in economics with a minor in policy studies, an M.A. in urban planning with a specialization in environmental analysis and policy, and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  She completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.  Her teaching interests are in health program evaluation, research methods, and health economics.  Dr. Kodjebacheva co-authored reports for governmental agencies including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the Patient Advocate.  Her publications appear in: the American Journal of Health Promotion; Journal of Public Health Management and Practice; Journal of School Nursing; Children, Youth and Environments; Clinical Medicine: Geriatrics; the American Journal of Ophthalmology; and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.   She has presented the findings of her research at various academic conferences.  Dr. Kodjebacheva serves as an editorial consultant for the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Health Promotion, the American Journal of Epidemiology, and the American Journal of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Kodjebacheva is a peer reviewer of abstracts submitted to the American Public Health Association annual meetings.  Dr. Kodjebacheva serves on the UM - Flint IRB Committee, the City of Flint Technical Advisory Committee for the development of a master plan, and the Genesee County Speak to Your Health Survey Committee.  At the national level, Dr. Kodjebacheva reviews the quality of health administration university programs for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

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(810) 762-3172
Email:
llapeyro@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Lisa Lapeyrouse, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Lisa M. Lapeyrouse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences at The University of Michigan-Flint .  She earned her Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.  Her areas of expertise are in racial/ethnic disparities in mental health and health care access among Latino communities, including immigrant and border populations. Through interdisciplinary training in Women and Gender Studies, Mexican American Studies, and Public Health, her work employs an intersectionality framework where she investigates the impact of racial/ethnic discrimination, gender-based sources of acculturative stress, and culturally protective assets on mental health outcomes. Her publications appear in Archives of Women’s Mental Health and The Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.  She has delivered presentations at national conferences held by the American Public Health Association, the National Latina/o Psychological Association, and the National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies.  Her continued contributions in applied research and dedication to the public awareness of issues of mental health disparities serve not only her immediate community but the public at-large.

Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
lebeck@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Lynn L. Lebeck, CRNA, DNSc

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Lebeck is a clinical assistant professor in the Anesthesia Program. She also served as the Director of the Anesthesia Program from 2002-2012. She received her doctorate in nursing science from Rush University, a B.S.N. from Madonna University, an A.A.S. in Nursing from Schoolcraft College, and an Associate of Science from Schoolcraft College.

Dr. Lebeck was previously employed for 18 years at William Beaumont Hospital. She is President-elect of the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
maxmend@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Max Mendieta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University M.P.A., Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University B.S., Finance, Florida State University

Research Interests

Dr. Mendieta’s main areas of interest are public policy, long term care, health care management, human resources, budgeting, financial management, health policy, health care financing, and mixed research methods.  He is interested in the effects of government policy on organizations and on the citizenry.  His dissertation work is in the area of political economy with a focus on the effect that Medicare policy has on terminally ill patients and their families. 

Research and Experience

Dr. Mendieta has a background in health care services administration and policy, and his professional leadership experience includes managing government, private and nonprofit enterprises.  He has experience working as an external evaluator for nonprofit organizations in Florida and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service’s Communities Empowering Youth, a capacity building program.  His experience in public service includes working for the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners in Florida, one of the state’s poorest counties and largest minority populations.  In Gadsden County, he worked with the Office of the County Administrator and the Office of Management & Budget.  Dr. Mendieta was the 2011-2012 Claude and Mildred Pepper Dissertation Fellow at the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University. His article on the spillover effect of the Veteran’s Administration palliative care benefit (with Dr. Bruce McDonald) appears in Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review, Indiana University, Summer 2013. 

Courses Taught

Dr. Mendieta teaches courses in Public Policy, Health Policy, Health Finance, Financial Management, Health Care Management, Health Services Administration, Health Care Operations, Health Economics, and Strategic Planning.

Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
shanpark@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Shan Parker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Associate Director

Dr. Parker is an associate professor. She received her doctorate in Health Education and Health Promotion jointly from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health where she also received her M.P.H. Her B.S. in Biology is from the University of South Alabama.

Dr. Parker is a health promotionist who has focused her efforts on working with minority populations, specifically African Americans in addressing disease prevention. Her areas of interest include HIV/AIDS and STD prevention and reproductive health. She also works in the areas of diabetes education, nutrition, and breast and cervical cancer prevention. She has worked in developing culturally sensitive interventions for minority populations including women, adolescents, and persons in substance abuse treatment and has brought her expertise to her work with many community agencies in Flint to address these health issues for the citizens of Flint .

Dr. Parker teaches primarily in the health education programs. She has been engaged in research at the university acting as the principal investigator on a research project to address HIV and gonorrhea prevention among youth. She has conducted research with HIV prevention and substance abuse and is engaged in evaluation research with a number of programs in the community.

Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
sselig@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Suzanne Selig, Ph.D.

Professor/Department Director

Dr. Selig is a professor and the Department Director. She received her doctorate in Medical Sociology and Human Ecology from the University of Cincinnati , an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, an M.S.W. from The University of Michigan, an M.S. in Medical Sociology from the University of Maine and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida.

Previously, she was the Coordinator of the School of Health Sciences at UM-Flint. Her current teaching interests include epidemiology and cultural competence.

Dr. Selig's research interests are in the areas of community-campus partnerships, the role of racism in health disparities, social epidemiology and culturally competent practice.

Phone:
(810) 762-3172
Email:
rsuzuki@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Rie Suzuki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Suzuki will be taking a sabbatical leave in 2014-2015.

Dr. Suzuki received her PhD in Health Education, specializing in Health Behavior with gerontology portfolio certificate from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a behavioral scientist and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, giving special attention to needs assessment, the development of theory based health promotion programs under the Intervention Mapping and program evaluation for aging and persons with disability.  In addition to these studies, she has major research interests in examining and intervening mediational social determinants factors of health behaviors and health outcomes across lifespan, and pursues a line of research in this area. Her special skills include the structural equation modeling and the psychometric statistics on Mplus.

Prior to this position, she was the post doctoral research fellow in the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (PI: Gloria Krahn) at the Oregon Health & Science University.

She currently serves as a reviewer of several journals and conferences including the American Journal of Health Behavior, Health Promotion Practice, the Disability and Health Journal. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Association on Health and Disability.

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(810) 762-3172
Email:
terrytho@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Terry Thompson, D.H.A.

Assistant Professor

Background

Dr. Terry L. Thompson is a graduate of Texas Southern University (B.S., Chemistry, 1975), Meharry Medical College (M.S., Pharmacology, 1986) and Central Michigan University (DHA, 2010). In August 2012, Dr. Thompson joined the faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint, Department of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Research Interest

There is an upsurge of interest to participate in health initiatives particularly disparities research. Dr. Thompson’s research emphasizes the study of health care disparities by examining health outcomes in African American males. Dr. Thompson’s research study attempts to broaden previous empirical thought by examining the variable masculinity as it relates to quantifying self-reported health in African American men. Dr. Thompson predicts that research results will demonstrate that masculinity holds promise in reducing racial disparities in health only in an environment where both patient and provider have the knowledge, skills and abilities to benefit from provider-patient health negotiations.