Health Sciences Faculty

Name &Title




Christine Ahmed, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.S., St.. Cloud University; M.S., University of Wisconsin - La Crosse; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University 1994)

Tobacco prevention, school health, women's health

NAU 2007

Rita Cruz Begay, Dr.P.H., Assistant Professor

(B.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., University of California–Berkeley 1986)

Rural health, American Indian health

NAU 2001


Rachel Billowitz, M.P.H

(M.P.H The University of Arizona)

Public Health

NAU 1999

Laura Bounds, M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor

B.B.A. Accounting, Texas A&M University: M.S. Health Sciences, Texas A&M University 1997

Certified Health Education Instructor, CPR/ First Aid Instructor, Emergency Response Instructor, American Council on Exercise: Group Fitness Instructor.


Roger Bounds, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor

(B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Texas A&M University 2000)


Allied health education, distance education, fitness education, substance abuse


NAU 2001


Betty Brown, Ph.D., M.P.H.,  Assistant Professor


(B.A. French, Southern Methodist University; M.A. French Literature, University of Cincinnati; B.S.R.N. Nursing, University of Texas; M.P.H. Epidemiology, Tulane University, 1980; Ph.D. Sociology, Arizona State University 2007)


NAU 1998

Stephanie Cotton, M.A.,  Instructor


B.S. Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Florida State University 1998; M.A.  Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Austin 2000


NAU 2004

William R. Culbertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor

(B.A., University of Richmond; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., Michigan State University 1981)

Motor speech disorders, anatomy and physiology, phonology


NAU 1993


Gary Dunagan, M.A.,  Instructor

(B.S., M.A., Northern Arizona University 1987)

Physical education activities, activities for special populations

NAU 1989

Ellen Larson, M.S., C.H.E.S., Instructor


(B.S. State University of New York, College at Cortland, Cortland, N.Y.; M.S. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.;  

Certified Health Education Specialist )

Health Standards & Assessment Trainer

Certified K-12 Health and Physical Education Instructor

NAU 2000

Deborah J. McCormick, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor

(B.S., University of Mary-Hardin Baylor; M.S., Baylor University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University 1995)

Distance education, social and emotional health, service learning


NAU 1999


Stephen Palmer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

(B.A., M.A., California State University–Chico; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2001)

Physical education pedagogy, web-based instruction


NAU 2001


John P. Sciacca, Ph.D., Professor

(B.S., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Central Michigan University; M.P.H., University of Hawaii; Ph.D., Purdue University 1986)

Peer health education, program evaluation, health promotion, behavior change


NAU 1985

Dennis Tanner, Ph.D.


(B.S., M.S. Idaho State University; Ph.D. Michigan State University)

Speech Science, aphasia, stuttering


NAU 1976

Bill Wiist, DHSc, MPH, MS; Professor, Department Chair

(M.S., Walla Walla College; DHSc and MPH Loma Linda University, 1975)

Violence prevention, religion and health, social determinants of health

NAU 2006


Adjunct Faculty

James Galloway, M.D.


(B.S., M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, M.D. Medical College of Virginia, 1982)

Cardiology, American Indian/Alaskan Native Health Promotion.

NAU 2004

Cristine C. Henry,  Dr.P.H.

(B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., University of South Carolina 1999)

Health education

NAU 1996

Priscilla Sanderson, Ph.D.

(B.A., Southwestern College; M.S., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., University of Arizona 2005)

Disability and rehabilitation research for American Indians with disabilities, breast cancer among Native women, community needs assessments


NAU 1992


Kathleen Stafford


(BS, City University, 2003)

Health Administration

NAU 2005

Mark Veazie, Dr.P.H.


(B.S., M.P.H., University of Washington–Seattle; Dr.P.H., Johns Hopkins University 1995

Public health


NAU 2003


Nancy Williams, Ph.D.


(B.S. Duke University; M.S. University of Arizona; M.P.H. UCLA; Ph.D. UCLA 1994, Ph.D. NAU 2004)

Behavioral Science and Health Education


Faculty Emeriti

Paul Brynteson, D.P.E., Professor Emeritus

(B.A., Concordia College; M.P.H., University of Arizona; M.S., D.P.E., Springfield College 1998)

Health fitness, health promotion, health planning

NAU 1993 (Retired 2008)

Alan F. Flitcraft, M.S., Associate Professor


(B.S., M.S., Florida State University 1966

Physical education


NAU 1966 (retired 1997)