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Sept. 10, 2007

Snetselaar named head of UI Department of Community and Behavioral Health

Linda Snetselaar, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and endowed chair of preventive nutrition education in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been named interim head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, effective Aug. 1. She replaces Professor John Lowe, who stepped down earlier this summer.

"Dr. Snetselaar's recognized expertise in nutrition and wellness research and education provide a strong foundation for her leadership of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health," said James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health. "Through her many research, teaching and service projects, she has helped to establish the University of Iowa as a leader in addressing important community-based health concerns, including childhood obesity and women's health. I am confident that Linda will provide outstanding leadership for this growing department."

Snetselaar completed an M.S. degree in nutrition in the UI Department of Internal Medicine in 1975. In 1983, she received a Ph.D. in health sciences education from the UI with an emphasis on behavior change in nutrition interventions. Snetselaar's current research interests include the relationships between diet and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and renal disease.

She has received numerous honors, including the Women's Health Initiative Achievement Award for her work in the Women's Health Initiative Study in 1996, the Outstanding Alumni Award from UI Hospitals and Clinics Dietetic Internship Program in 1999, and the College of Public Health Faculty Service Award in 2001. In 2006, she was honored with a Medallion Award from the Iowa Dietetic Association and the Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Public Health.

Snetselaar has served on numerous National Institutes of Health study section panels and on Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition board reviews. She served as chair of the American Dietetic Association's (ADA) Council on Research from 1993-1996; during this time she also was a member of the ADA's board of directors and its executive committee. She also has served on the board of directors for the Iowa Dietetic Association.

In collaboration with communities, the Department of Community and Behavioral Health aims to promote health and quality of life by developing, evaluating and disseminating evidence-based practices through research, training and innovative policy. Formed in 1999, the department consists of 10 faculty, and it houses the Iowa Tobacco Research Center, the Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and the Prevention Research Center. Fifty-two students are currently enrolled in the department's master's and doctoral degree programs.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

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