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Center Staff

Principal Investigators

Ed Baker

Ed Baker, PhD – Director of the Center for Health Policy, Senior Researcher
(208) 426-3118
ebaker@boisestate.edu

Director of the Center for Health Policy, Senior Researcher and a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Temple University in 1994. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare working with hospitals, physicians, integrated delivery systems, biotech pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions. Dr. Baker’s research interests include healthcare policy, rural workforce planning, healthcare financing, and health system performance improvement. Link to CV.

Tedd McDonald

Tedd McDonald, PhD – Senior Researcher
(208) 426-3119

tmcdonal@boisestate.edu

Senior Researcher and a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University. He is a community psychologist with interests in studying access to and delivery of health care services, particularly in the context of mental health. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1998. Most of his research focuses on mental health, substance abuse, and quality of life issues among members of vulnerable populations, including the homeless, refugees from war-torn countries, at-risk youth, Native Americans, senior citizens, and residents of isolated rural communities. Link to CV.

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Janet Reis, PhD – Research Professor College of Health Sciences, Senior Researcher
(208) 426-3413

janetreis@boisestate.edu

Research Professor at the College of Health Sciences, and Senior Researcher at the Center for Health Policy.  Dr. Reis earned her Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo in Psychology in 1979.  She has over 30 years of experience as a psychologist utilizing her attributes in research and as a professor in the Department of Community Health and School of Nursing.  Dr. Reis has supervised over 80 Master students in their thesis projects and 25 doctoral dissertations.  She has worked extensively with physicians in a community hospital based Family Medicine Residency program in the development of clinical research programs.  Dr. Reis’s research interests include health education interventions primarily for health disparity populations, clinical trial testing, HIV and safe sex strategies, substance abuse, minority health and health promotion.

Dave Schmitz

David Schmitz, MD – Affiliate Faculty, Senior Researcher
(208) 514-2500 Ext. 5167

dave.schmitz@fmridaho.org

Affiliate Faculty and Senior Researcher at the Center for Health Policy, and Chief Rural Officer and Program Director RTTs at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Schmitz completed his residency at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in 1999. After six years practicing as a rural family physician, he returned to join the Residency as faculty in 2005. While practicing in northern Idaho, he served as chief of staff of Benewah Community Hospital as well as co-founder and medical director of the St. Maries Volunteer Community Clinic. Dr. Schmitz is a current board member of both the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians and the Idaho Medical Association.

Tim Dunnagan

Tim Dunnagan, PhD – Dean College of Health Sciences, Senior Researcher
(208) 426-4116

timdunnagan@boisestate.edu

Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University, responsible for the leadership and management of the College of Health Sciences, which is dedicated to providing health care professionals with an education that emphasizes state of the art practice, critical thinking skills, health advocacy and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. He earned his Ed.D. in Health Promotion and Human Behavior from the University of Kentucky in1994. Dr. Dunnagan is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Health Policy and his research interests include Native American health, diabetes prevention, genetic testing, behavioral health, employee wellness programs, healthcare profession education and health promotion. He is also involved in program evaluation of health interventions. Link to full bio.

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Molly Vaughan Prengaman, RN, MS, FNP-BC – Associate Professor College of Health Sciences, Researcher
(208) 426-3590

mollyprengaman@boisestate.edu

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences at Boise State University and Researcher at the Center for Health Policy. She received her Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) education at Idaho State University.  She has practiced in a variety of nursing settings for over 20 years, most extensively in public/community health and orthopedics. Currently she volunteers as a FNP at the Garden City Community Clinic serving the indigent population. She is presently enrolled in the doctoral program at University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing with an emphasis on health policy. Her research interests include vulnerable populations and rural nursing workforce challenges. Link to CV.

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Susan Esp, PhD, LCPC – Assistant Professor College of Health Sciences, Researcher
(208) 426-3590

susanesp@boisestate.edu

Assistant professor, Coordinator of the Prevention and Addiction Studies emphasis in Health Science Studies and Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies, at Boise State University, and Researcher at the Center for Health Policy. Esp earned her Ph.D. in Adult and Organizational Learning and Leadership from the University of Idaho in 2007, her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 1991, and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY in 1986. She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified GAIN Trainer and GAIN Interviewer. She has over 20 years experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention. Dr. Esp’s research interests include substance abuse and mental health prevention programs, behavioral health as a public health issue and the integration of mental health and substance abuse services. Link to CV.

CHP Staff

Sandina Begic 1, Center for Health Policy, studio portrait

Sandina Begic, PhD – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Project Manager
(208) 426-3103

sandinabegic@boisestate.edu
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Project Manager at the Center for Health Policy, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Clark University in Massachusetts in 2013. Sandina spent several years conducting fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina, during which time she also worked as a researcher at a local research and policy foundation and supervised research projects conducted by students from several U.S. universities during their semester abroad in the Balkans. Since joining the Center for Health Policy five years ago, she has been involved in a number of research projects focused primarily on mental health and substance abuse in at-risk youth and the effects of home visiting as an early intervention strategy in promoting maternal, infant, and early childhood health and development.

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Lisa MacKenzie, MHS – Senior Research Associate, Grant and Project Coordinator
(208) 426-5974
lisamackenzie@boisestate.edu

Senior Research Associate, Grant and Project Coordinator at the Center for Health Policy at Boise State University.  She received her Master of Health Science degree in 2012 from Boise State University.  She has worked at the Center for Health Policy for four years on projects including the Community Apgar Program for physician recruitment and retention at community health centers and critical access hospitals in Alaska, Idaho, Maine, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  She has also provided support for physician scope of practice workforce assessments and the  Idaho Health Data Exchange usability and impact evaluation.  Lisa is responsible for data management, report development, technical writing and student supervision.

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Maureen Brewer, MHS – Research Associate, Project Manager
(208)-426-5945
maureenbrewer@boisestate.edu

Research Associate, Project Manager at the Center for Health Policy, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University. She earned her Master of Health Science degree in 2008 from Boise State University. Maureen worked at the Idaho State Legislature Office of Performance Evaluation (OPE) for six years, serving as a Principal Performance Evaluator for the office for two years. At OPE, she evaluated state agencies, services, and programs of interest and concern to state policymakers. She has extensive experience creating evaluation scopes of work, designing evaluation methodology, conducting data analyses, developing written reports, and corresponding with senior officials within the Idaho Legislature and state agencies. Maureen’s lead projects at OPE focused on the state’s juvenile justice system, K-12 education, equity in higher education funding, Medicaid claims processing, and governance of emergency medical services.

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Makenzie Phillips, MA – Research Associate
(208)-426-5942
makenziephillips@boisestate.edu

Research Associate, Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Communication and Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) at Boise State University. She earned her Master of Arts degree in 2009 from San Diego State University, where she emphasized in Interpersonal and Nonverbal Communication. Makenzie has experience with grant writing including FEMA/DHS awarded funding for volunteer first-response teams. Her academic publications have primarily explored the effects of technology on relational communication. At the Center for Health Policy she is a member of a team whose primary project examines the effects of home visitation as an intervention strategy for promoting maternal, infant, and early childhood well-being.

Jennifer VanCour
Jennifer VanCour, LMSW – Research Associate
(208)-426-5944
jennifervancour@boisestate.edu

Research Associate at the Center for Health Policy at Boise State University. She received her Master of Social Work degree in 2016 from Boise State University. Jennifer previously provided unit support for St. Luke’s Women and Children’s Hospital for 10 years including one year as a perinatal social work intern in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She also completed an internship at St. Alphonsus’ Center for Global Health and Healing where she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team to support the health of individuals who came to Idaho as refugees. At the Center for Health Policy Jennifer is a member of a team whose primary project examines the effects of home visitation as an intervention strategy for promoting maternal, infant, and early childhood well-being.

 

Graduate & Undergraduate Research Assistants

McKenzie Wilson – Graduate Research Assistant
kenziewilson@u.boisestate.edu

Maggie Burett – Graduate Research Assistant
maggieburkett@u.boisestate.edu

Therese Hooft – Graduate Research Assistant
theresehooft@u.boisestate.edu

Jessica Marshall – Undergraduate Research Assistant
jessicamarshall@u.boisestate.edu

Karan Davis – Undergraduate Research Assistant
karandavis@u.boisestate.edu