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:
bucking@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Robert Buckingham, Ph.D.

Professor of Public Health

Dr. Robert W. Buckingham joins PHHS after having previously been appointed as the Jack W. Thompson, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan-Flint in 2013-14. A Yale graduate, Dr. Buckingham was appointed inaugural Executive Director/Dean of the School of Public Health with the University of Saskatchewan, in 2009. He has authored more than 12 books and many scientific referred papers, with the most recent being a textbook entitled, “A Primer on International Health” published by Allyn & Bacon, and five books on hospice care, including, “Care of the Dying Child” published by the Continuum Publishing Company, which was translated in seven languages.

 

Dr. Buckingham, helped pioneer the development of the first Hospice in the U.S. and is considered one of the “Founding Fathers” of hospice in North America. He was the first Director of Research of hospice in Connecticut in 1974, and subsequently founded another 81 hospice programs worldwide, including a hospice for children afflicted with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. For his humanitarian work in the field of hospice care for children with AIDS, he was awarded the Ivanosky Prize in Humanitarian Medicine by the Russian Institute of Virology in 1992. In 2008, Dr. Buckingham helped develop La Clinica Esparanza in Honduras, which serves the public health needs of poor, disadvantaged and marginalized populations. Dr. Buckingham has developed new collaborative research and scholarly exchanged programs with Mahidol University in Thailand, Hawassa University in Ethiopia, as well as the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania and locally, with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan.

 

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:
lwhayman@umflint.edu
Public Health & Health Sciences

Lenwood Hayman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Lenwood Hayman is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan – Flint, whose research focuses on the psychosocial determinants of obesity in African Americans and low-income populations, specifically, the social, psychological, structural, and environmental influences of the eating behaviors of these populations. Dr. Hayman earned his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Psychology with specializations in Social and Health Psychology, where he was funded as a National Institutes of Health – Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Graduate Research Fellow. He has received additional training in Health Disparities, Health Behavior, and Health Education as the Paul B. Cornely Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

 

Dr. Hayman has also been trained in qualitative eating behaviors research as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) at the University of Michigan, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development. In addition to research interests, Dr. Hayman greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring. Dr. Hayman teaches Public Health Statistics, an undergraduate-level introduction to statistical analysis course which he developed, as well as three graduate level courses: Social Determinants of Health, Qualitative Research Design, and Community Assessment.

 

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, an M.A. in urban planning, and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Kodjebacheva's teaching interests are in health program implementation and evaluation, research methods, and health economics. Dr. Kodjebacheva's research focuses on child health in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Kodjebacheva conducts research within the life course perspective to examine the influence of parental and early child life on long-term health. Dr. Kodjebacheva has served as the Principal Investigator of several pediatric studies. For one of the studies, she collaborated in the development and implementation of a community-based participatory intervention to promote the use of eyeglasses in one school. The intervention was subsequently adopted in several school districts. Dr. Kodjebacheva is a Co-Principal Investigator of a study to investigate adherence to medication taking among children with sickle cell disease at Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Kodjebacheva co-developed a methodology for rating the access to language and cultural services among patients. The ratings were published on governmental websites. Dr. Kodjebacheva co-authored reports for governmental agencies including the Office of the Patient Advocate and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Her publications appear in different peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kodjebacheva is a Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan International Institute. Dr. Kodjebacheva serves on the UM - Flint IRB Committee. At the national level, Dr. Kodjebacheva is a reviewer of academic programs seeking certification from 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:
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.

Associate 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