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Leadership Team

Ali Crandall - Faculty
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Undergrad
BS, Community Health Education

Graduate
PhD, Public Health, MPH, International Health

Research Interest
Family Health, Executive Functioning, Poverty and Health, Adolescent/Child Well-Being, Mental Health

Biography
Ali Crandall, MPH, PhD earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health focusing her dissertation work on maternal cognitive control capacity, parenting, and child behaviors. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University where she conducted research on family health in international settings. She is currently an assistant professor at Brigham Young University Department of Public Health. Her research interests include the role of families in public health, and the intersection of the family environment and individual self-regulatory capacities on mental health and risky behaviors. She primarily uses structural equation modeling statistical methods.

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Interests
Stand-up paddle boarding, Chocolate, Reading, College sports
Carl Hanson - Faculty
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Undergrad
BS, Psychology

Graduate
PhD, Community Health Education, MS, Health Science

Research Interest
Health Communication and New/Social Media, Family Health, Adolescent Health

Biography
Carl L. Hanson completed his PhD in community health education in 1994 from Southern Illinois University. He is a professor of health promotion and teaches courses such as program planning and public health administration. He is also currently serving as chair of the Department of Public Health. His interest in family and public health arise from the role families play as the primary producers of health in communities and society.

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Interests
Family runs, Backpacking, Fly fishing, Country Music, Mowing the lawn, Obsessed with having clean cars and windows in the house
Michael Barnes - Faculty
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Undergrad
BS, Health Management

Graduate
PhD, Community Health Education, MS, Community Health Education

Research Interest
Application of computational health science algorithms to mine social media and complex databases that monitor attitudes, interactions and behaviors of people to promote positive changes in health behavior. - Impact of family health and familial factors on public health problems

Biography
Michael D. Barnes is a professor of public health and associate dean in the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University (BYU). He received his Ph.D. in community health from Southern Illinois University. He applies translational research to study socio-behavioral health determinants including substance misuse and emotional wellbeing using surveillance, network analysis and survey research tools. Such research studies the attitudes and behaviors of people in their natural interactions with others and seeks to sustain positive changes in health behavior.

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Interests
Family outings (picnics, four-wheeling, jeeping, hiking), Making food (baked savory/sweet goods), Listening to music (rock-n-roll, pop, classical), Temple and family history work, Prepping to be 'grandpa extraordinaire' (first grandchild- Lucy Grace)
Brianna Magnusson - Faculty
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Undergrad
BS, Community Health Education

Graduate
MPH, PhD Epidemiology

Research Interest
Sexual & Reproductive Health, Mental Health

Biography
Brianna M. Magnusson is an Associate Professor of Public Health. She received an MPH and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Magnusson teaches epidemiology methods, biostatistics and statistical computing courses. Her research interests including sexual and reproductive health, mental health, and social determinants of health. She is the primary or contributing author on 20 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Magnusson grew up in a Navy family, but considers Virginia home. She now resides in American Fork, Utah with her husband and two dogs.

Interests
Reading, Cooking, Piano
Len Novilla - Faculty
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Undergrad
BS, Public Health

Graduate
MPH, MD

Research Interest
Health Policy & the Social Determinants of Health, Maternal, Child, & Family Health

Biography
Len is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Her research focuses on the social determinants of family and community health, addressing health inequities, linking public health and primary care, health inequities, and in building a culture of health through interprofessional partnerships. Len is particularly interested in defining the role of the family as the linking and sustaining framework in population health, health equity, and in health systems strengthening, especially within the context of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Family is important to Len. Len and her husband Nathan love spending time with their children, nephews, and nieces. She likewise finds joy and fulfillment in mentoring and in seeing her students aspire for and persevere toward higher goals in life.

Interests
Reading, taking walks with her children, creating crafts with family, chess, ping-pong, running, volunteering in her community