Mental Health & Cognition

These faculty focus on mental health challenges, memory, dementia...


Bruce Alexander, PhD
Professor and Division Head

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Occupational and environmental epidemiology environment and exposures, infectious disease, injuries, epidemiology, occupational health, One Health, global health, agricultural health

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Timothy Beebe, PhD
Interim Dean and Mayo Professor

School of Public Health

Equity, mental health, methods, survey methods, patient reported outcome measurement, health measurement, health care access for vulnerable populations, adolescent health, behavioral health, health insurance

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Jesse Berman, PhD
Assistant Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Air pollution, environmental epidemiology, exposure assessment, GIS, interpolation, spatial analysis, weather

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Sonya Brady, PhD, LP
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Equity, mental health, adolescent health, community engagement, theory and conceptual models, substance use, violence exposure, sexual health, stress & coping, resilience 

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Mary Butler, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Health services research, evidence-based practice, health behaviors in alternative health

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Lynn Eberly, PhD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

School of Public Health

Aging, chronic diseases, equity, mental health, methods, medical imaging, neuroscience, neurology, endocrinology, psychiatry, statistics education, clinical trials, clinical research

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Mark Fiecas, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Biostatistics

Aging, genetics, mental health, methods, neuroimaging, EEG, fMRI, time series, sleep, Bayesian methods

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Linda Bane Frizzell, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Frizzell has been honored to be a tribal technical advisor for health care and services policy for over 29 years. She has extensive experience in working with countless tribes across the nation to enhance their infrastructures and assist in their quest for self-determination. She was chosen to be in the first class of Rural Health Fellows, a program initiated by the Office of Rural Health Policy and served as technical adviser and writer for the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (P.L. 94-437 as amended).

She currently serves on the national Office of Minority Heath’s Advisory Committee, Governing Board of the Minneapolis Indian Health Board; Global Health Faculty Associate; and an Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

She developed six classes in American Indian Health and Wellness; and an American Indian Graduate Minor and a Regents Certificate for American Indian Public Health and Wellness. She also teaches and provides presentations on tribal public health and wellness.

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Ezra Golberstein, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Health economics, health care policy, mental health, quantitative methods, health insurance, human capital, non-medical determinants of health

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Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA
Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Health care policy, maternal and child health, rural health, health care quality, policy evaluation, health equity 

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Jennifer Linde, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Food & Nutrition, obesity intervention, eating disorders, equity, mental health, assessment

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George Maldonado, PhD, MSPH
Associate Professor

Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Methods, causal inference, environmental health, epidemiology, infectious disease

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Susan Marshall Mason, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Social determinants of health, maternal and child health, adverse childhood experiences, child maltreatment, psychosocial stress, weight-related health, reproductive health, health inequalities, epidemiologic methods

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Donna McAlpine, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Equity, mental health, methods, mental health services, race & ethnic inequities, survey methods, community engagement 

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Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH
Professor and Division Head

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Food & nutrition, mental health, mother & children, adolescent health, nutrition, obesity, eating disorders, body image

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B.R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Aging, chronic diseases, infectious disease, mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual health, prostate cancer, LGBT health, sexual functioning, online interventions, e-public health

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Nancy Sherwood, PhD
Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Obesity prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, food & nutrition, chronic diseases, intervention design

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Nathan Shippee, PhD
Associate Professor

Division of Health Policy and Management

Patient complexity; chronic disease management; mental health; disparities and barriers to care; diabetes; depression; quality of care; practice-based studies/real-world evaluation; publicly insured and low-income (Medicare and Medicaid) populations

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