Welcome to my web site. I am a professor of psychology at the University of North Dakota (UND) and also the senior scientist in the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. I have over 20 years experience as a behavioral health psychologist.
My professional interests and activities coalesce in the related areas of health psychology, behavioral medicine, and community prevention and health promotion. Currently my work focuses in two broad areas:
(a) the development and evaluation of primary prevention strategies and school-based prevention programs for tobacco use, alcohol and other substance use, and obesity in North Dakota youth; and
(b) the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion and wellness programs in the workplace.
However, I also have long-standing interests in several other areas including the relationship between stress, physiological changes, and health problems; and the assessment and treatment of headache, dysmenorrhea and other psychophysiological disorders.
I currently oversee CHPPR’s evaluation programs, the development of projects aimed at reducing health disparities in North Dakota Native Americans, and graduate student training in prevention science. I have been on faculty in the Department of Psychology since 1987 and joined CHPPR as Senior Research Scientist in 2002. I currently teach advanced-level multivariate statistics, human sexuality and have published numerous articles and chapters in the field of health psychology.