Community health

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Medical School
  • Associate Director, Center for Rural Mental Health Studies

Jane Hovland, RN-MS, PhD, LP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Hovland implements research involving chronic illnesses and mental health including stress and coping with chronic illness, alternative delivery systems for mental health care and interaction of physical and mental illnesses. She has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in pediatric oncology and neurology, focusing on helping children and their families manage health challenges in a manner that enhances growth. She now maintains a private practice through the Center for Rural Mental Health Studies of the Medical School, Duluth, where she is recognized for her expertise in cognitive behavioral interventions in anxiety and depression. She has had numerous grants related to using and evaluating technology in rural settings, particularly integrating mental health services in rural primary care clinics.

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Masonic Cancer Center

Dr. Linda Koehler is an assistant professor in the Physical Therapy Program and Masonic Cancer Center.  Koehler's research focus includes breast cancer survivorship with specific interest in lymphedema and axillary web syndrome. Lymphedema refers to chronic swelling most commonly caused by the removal or damage to lymph nodes as a result of cancer treatment. Koehler’s goal is to improve the physical health and well-being of cancer survivors by addressing the physical impairments, such as lymphedema, and improving treatment and access to rehabilitation and other services following cancer diagnosis.         

  • Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
  • Director of Research, Rural Health Research Center

Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts reproductive-age women and their families. She researches the policy impact among special populations, including working mothers, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income women, and rural populations. Her current research examines the measurement and improvement of maternity care quality, with a focus on vulnerable populations and geographic variations. 

  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

Jennifer Linde, PhD, is an associate professor of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health. Dr. Linde’s work focuses on weight loss and weight gain prevention, with specific interests in intervention development, public health message delivery, and behavior monitoring during weight control. Her teaching and research point of view comes from her extensive background in clinical psychology. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded study regarding weight tracking and weight loss outcomes, and Associate Director of the Epidemiology and Intervention Core of the NIH-funded Minnesota Obesity Center. 

  • Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, is professor in the School of Public Health's Division of Epidemiology and Community Health.  Dr. Neumark-Sztainer’s research focuses on adolescent health, nutrition, obesity and eating disorder prevention. She is the lead investigator of Project EAT, a study aimed at identify the socio-environmental, personal, and behavioral determinants of nutritional intake and weight status among a large and ethnically diverse adolescent population. Neumark-Sztainer is the author of I'm, Like, SO Fat! Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World (Guilford Press 2005). 

  • Professor and Associate Head, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School

James Pacala, MD, MS, is a practicing Family Medicine doctor in Minneapolis, and the Associate Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Pacala has conducted an array of research and published extensively on models of care delivery to geriatric populations and innovative teaching methods. He is co-author of the AGS practice handbook, Geriatrics At Your Fingertips.