Public Health Faculty and Staff


Jennifer Zwetsloot
Assistant Professor
PhD, Bioenergetics
Public Health Program Director
Graduate Faculty
Edwin Duncan 327C
(828) 262-6800
zwetslootjj@appstate.edu

Dr. Zwetsloot is the program director for the undergraduate public health program.  She has a BS and MA in Exercise Physiology/Physical Education from California State University Chico, and a PhD in Bioenergetics from East Carolina University. Her research interests include community-based obesity prevention and metabolic regulation and she is the director of the Metabolic Studies laboratory in the Department of Health and Exercise Science.  She is an advocate for the importance of daily physical activity, and has a particular interest in promoting dance as a healthy activity option for all ages and sizes.  She is married to the “other” Dr. Zwetsloot in Exercise Science and they have two children.  In addition to teaching, she enjoys exploring the mountains with her family and friends. Learn More.

 

Erin Bouldin
Assistant Professor
PhD, Epidemiology
Graduate Faculty
Edwin Duncan 327D
(828) 262-6892
bouldinel@appstate.edu

Dr. Bouldin uses her training in public health and epidemiology to measure health and function, including physical and cognitive domains, among middle-aged and older adults with an emphasis on people living in rural areas. Her research is motivated by an interest in identifying factors at multiple levels of the social-ecological framework that influence health and function and intervening to reduce impairments and improve population health and participation. Currently, Dr. Bouldin is working on projects that estimate the prevalence and impacts of subjective cognitive decline, investigate the relationship between physical and cognitive health, and identify factors associated with caregivers effectively supporting self-care among people with chronic health conditions. She teaches epidemiology, implementation science, and biostatistics. Learn More.


Richard Christiana
Assistant Professor
PhD, Health Promotion and Behavior
Graduate Faculty
Edwin Duncan 327B
(828) 262-6335
christianarw@appstate.edu

Dr. Christiana obtained a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University at Albany (Albany, NY), a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), and completed 2-years of postdoctoral training at the University of Georgia prior to joining the faculty within the Department of Health & Exercise Science in 2014. His research interests focus on improving children’s health through the promotion of physical activity and time spent in the outdoors. Dr. Christiana’s current research projects include Examining the effectiveness of promoting children’s physical activity through physician-written prescriptions for outdoor physical activity and Investigating the effectiveness of college student ambassadors to promote physical activity among college students. Learn More.

 

Adam Hege
Assistant Professor
PhD, Public Health Education
Graduate Faculty
Edwin Duncan 327A
(828) 262-7201
hegeba@appstate.edu

Dr. Adam Hege graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health.  He also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Appalachian State University.  A member of the Appalachian State University faculty since 2015, Dr. Hege is currently an Assistant Professor in the Public Health program within the Department of Health and Exercise Science.  He currently teaches courses in Community Health, Health Policy, Ethics and Law, and Foundations in Health Behavior.  His research focus is broadly on health disparities and the underlying social and environmental determinants of health.  Specifically, this has included examining disparities among rural populations in the surrounding Appalachia communities in northwestern NC, with a focus on food insecurity, physical inactivity, and general quality of life indicators.  In addition, his work examines systems-level and policy-oriented occupational health disparities experienced among U.S. long-haul truck drivers and other transportation workers.  Dr. Hege has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at regional and national meetings.  Outside of work, Dr. Hege is married to Jennifer, an United Methodist minister appointed to the Western Conference of North Carolina and they have one daughter, Ellie.  Dr. Hege is an avid sports fan and golfer, loves to be outdoors, enjoys comedy movies, and just generally loves to hang out with and spend time with his family and friends. Learn More.

 

David Nieman
Professor
DrPH, Public Health
Graduate Faculty
Human Performance Lab, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis
(828) 773-0056
niemandc@appstate.edu

David Nieman is a professor in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC (www.ncresearchcampus.net). Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise immunology, and helped establish that 1) regular moderate exercise lowers upper respiratory tract infection rates while improving immunosurveillance, 2) heavy exertion increases infection rates while causing transient changes in immune function, and 3) that carbohydrate and flavonoid ingestion by athletes attenuates exercise-induced immune dysfunction. Dr. Nieman's current work is centered on investigating unique nutritional products as countermeasures to exercise- and obesity-induced immune dysfunction, inflammation, illness, and oxidative stress. Learn More.

 

Janice Rowe
Senior Lecturer
EdD, Educational Leadership
Convocation Center 072A
(828) 262-7160
rowejc@appstate.edu

Dr. Rowe has a BA from Slippery Rock University, a MA from Appalachian State University, and an EdD from Appalachian State University. She is a certified Red Cross and American Heart Association instructor and is Coordinator of the Emergency Response and CPR classes and laboratory. Learn More.

 

Christopher Seitz
Assistant Professor
DrPH, Community Health Education
Edwin Duncan 327E
(828) 262-8907
seitzcm@appstate.edu

Chris earned his BS (2006) from Lock Haven University and earned both his MPH (2009) and DrPH (2013) in Community Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has previously taught at two other universities and also completed a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholarship at University College Cork in Ireland. He is interested in researching tobacco-free policies and also public health advocacy via “photovoice” (the community’s use of photography exhibits to ask decision makers for changes to policy and environment). Chris and his wife, Kalen, love to hike and they are the proud parents of an adorable fur-child (cat) named Bella. Learn More.

 

Christopher Shreve
Senior Lecturer
MSEd, Health and Physical Education
Convocation Center 017
(828) 262-7685
shrevecs@appstate.edu

Chris has been teaching at ASU for the past 10 years and brings a passion for education, social change, and young people to the classroom. After having spent the first half of his career at Appalachian directing the development of an online Health Promotion program, he is now focused 100% on the classroom and the inquisitive minds within. In his free time, he performs as an MC with Free The Optimus, a hip hop collective he founded that has twice been named Best Hip Hop Group in the Carolinas. Chris was a starting wide receiver at Virginia Tech and played briefly in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers back in 2004. Learn More.

 

Colleen Tarantino-Utter
Senior Lecturer
MA, Community Counseling
Public Health Internship Coordinator
Convocation Center 047
(828) 262-6331
uttercm@appstate.edu

Colleen Tarantino-Utter is a Senior Lecturer who has been teaching in the program for 18 years.  She holds a BS in Athletic Training/Health Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a MA in Community Counseling from Appalachian State University. She has clinical experience in both Athletic Training and Counseling, and enjoys sharing these experiences in the classroom. Her expertise areas include substance abuse and health behavior. Learn More.