Cruz Begay, PhD (Health Sciences)
R. Cruz Begay is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at Northern Arizona University. She is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona and has completed MPH and DrPH degrees in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Before her academic career, she worked for the Indian Health Service and the Navajo Nation in rural communities on the Navajo Reservation. She also served as the director of the Northern Arizona Area Health Education Center and the training and outreach division of Northern Country Health Center. Dr. Begay has taught courses in rural health, sociocultural and behavioral aspects of public health, health disparities, health principles, and methods of community health promotion. She has worked with many community organizations in an effort to improve health disparities. She is currently pursuing research about diabetes in an indigenous population in the US and Mexico.
Steven Barger, PhD (Psychology)
I study social and economic determinants of health in the population. I use nationally representative data sets to estimate the association of social relationships, income, education, etc. with the health, broadly defined to include psychological well-being, affect, cardiovascular risk factors, and mortality. Some examples of my current or recent work include 1) are social networks associated with lower mortality risk? 2) which types of social relationships are most strongly associated with depression/depressive symptoms? and 3) do health risk factors (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking) explain the heal advantage of those with more frequent and/or better quality social interactions? I also study racial and ethnic variation in these associations.
Angela Kae Golden, DNP, RN (Nursing)
Dr. Golden is an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ and provides clinical services as a family nurse practitioner in her own practice and at urgent care centers. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Ball State University in Muncie, IN; her master of science in nursing education from University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ; her master of science in nursing practice from Northern Arizona University; and her doctor in nursing practice from Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ with an emphasis in evidenced based practice and health policy. She is an active member of several nursing organizations including, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Arizona Nurses Association. She has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, and has presented locally, nationally and internationally on varied topics related to nursing and advanced practice.
Lisa Hardy, PhD (Anthropology)
Dr. Hardy is Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. She is currently working with North Country HealthCare, IHPI, and several community partners on a planning grant funded by the Kresge Foundation designed for investigation and strategy around increasing the safety net for childhood obesity and the social determinants of health in Flagstaff’s Sunnyside neighborhood. Her current research and teaching interests focus on space and place, cities, health, and perceptions of biology. She earned her PhD in 2007 from Temple University where she conducted a multi-year ethnographic project examining urban change and identity in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Before arriving at NAU Dr. Hardy run a consulting company conducting ethnographic research for corporate and non-profit clients across the United States.
Lorie Kroneberger, DPT (Physical Therapy)
Lorie Kroneberger, PT, DPT, GCS, is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education with Northern Arizona University’s Program in Physical Therapy. Prior to coming to NAU, she specialized in the provision and administration of therapy services to the geriatric population in multiple clinical settings in Arizona and California. She currently serves on the Continuing Education Committee of the Arizona Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, and NAU’s College of Health and Human Service’s American Indian Faculty Academy. She received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Mary’s College, her t-DPT from NAU, and was Board Certified as a Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy in 2008.
Frederic Solop, PhD (Politics and International Affairs)
Professional Interests: American Politics, Political Participation, Public Opinion, Social Movements, Internet Democracy & Research Methodology.
Bruce Sullivan, PhD (Comparitive Cultural Studies)
Dr. Sullivan is Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Studies at NAU. The author of four books on aspects of Hindu religious traditions, he teaches courses on Hinduism and Buddhism. He is also engaged in a multi-year project with NAU professors Bill Wiist and Heidi Wayment, "The Buddhist Health Study," which has resulted in several publications and presentations at national meetings.
Heidi Wayment, PhD (Psychology)
Heidi A. Wayment, Ph.D., is a health psychologist whose current research examines factors related to a less defensive stance toward the self and others (quiet ego processes) and how quiet ego processes facilitate health-promoting attitudes and behavior. She is especially interested in how quiet ego characteristics are affected by, and in turn influence, individuals' reactions to stressful life events. Dr. Wayment publishes research articles in social psychology and health-related journals and is the co-author of an edited volume Transcending Self-Interest: Psychological Explorations of the Quiet Ego (APA Books, 2008). Dr. Wayment earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from the Department of Psychology at UCLA and completed an NIMH Interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Fellowship in HIV-AIDS at UCLA, is an HRSA/AMERSA Project MAINSTREAM Fellow and is the founding coordinator of NAU's Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Education and Prevention.
James Wilce, PhD (Anthropology)
James Wilce, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology, principal investigator of “Re-Sounding Voices: ‘Healing with Lament’ in the Contemporary Finnish Lament Revival,” funded by the National Science Foundation, and Editor of the book series Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture. He is the author of three books, and the editor of another (Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems, Routledge, 2003), and has written many journal articles, including “Medical Discourse” (Annual Review of Anthropology 2009) and “Scientizing Bangladeshi Psychiatry” (Language in Society, 2008).
Lindsay Wilson, PhD (History)
Lindsay Wilson is an associate professor of history at NAU. She is the author of Women and Medicine in the French Enlightenment: The Debate over Maladies des Femmes (Johns Hopkins U. Press). Since 2003, she has taught a variety of courses on the social history of medicine including “Bodies and Souls,” “Gender, Race, and Class Matter in Health Care,” and “In Sickness and Health: Cross-Cultural Approaches.” She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in History and Humanities from Stanford University. In 2008, with support from the Arizona Humanities Council and North Country Health Care, she facilitated a six-month seminar entitled “Literature and Medicine” for approximately 15 health care providers in Flagstaff.