Lunch & Learn with Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

Impacting a Nation: Baylor Africa New Life Initiative
Friday, April 16 | On Demand Video Premieres at 11 a.m. CDT

Spend your lunch break with Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences! Hear from Dean Rodney Bowden, Ph.D., and learn about how Baylor’s recent partnership with Africa New Life Ministries will create service opportunities, as well as new research and ministry opportunities for students and faculty.

Graduate student Nick Von Waaden will lead a discussion with Professor Beth Lanning, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Nadine Welch to discuss an exciting new opportunity for the students and faculty of Baylor University.

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About our Speakers

Beth LanningBeth Lanning, Ph.D., MCHES, Associate Chair & Professor, Department of Public Health

Beth A. Lanning, PH.D., is an associate chair and professor in the department of Public Health within the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University. Dr. Lanning also serves as the MPH-Community Health program director.Dr. Lanning’s research interests focus on child and adolescent health issues, specifically child sexual abuse, body image, intimate partner violence, and quality of life issues in vulnerable populations. She has also conducted research in medically underserved populations, faith-based organizations and abstinence education.

Dr. Lanning teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes relating to all aspects of public and population health.She has also been involved in research that examines human-animal interaction and the use of animals, especially horses,as therapy partners in programs with at risk-youth, children with Autism and combat soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan combat.

Nadine WelchNadine Welch, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Nadine Welch joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as a clinical assistant professor in the fall of 2016. Professor Welch specializes in the areas of Assistive Technology and Augmentative & Alternative Communication.

She has more than 30 years of experience in the field and loves the dynamic nature the world of AAC provides. She has received extensive training and experience with a large variety of augmentative communication devices and vocabulary systems and is a frequent presenter at both the local and state levels. Professor Welch relies on the latest research to facilitate meaningful communication from and literacy skills for those with complex communication needs. Her duties include supervising graduate clinicians, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, both residentially and online, as well as planning and conducting research in the area of AAC.

Rodney G. BowdenRodney G. Bowden, Ph.D., Robbins College of Health & Human Sciences Dean

Rodney G. Bowden, Ph.D., was appointed dean of Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University in 2017 after 17 years as a member of Baylor’s faculty, serving the last three years as interim dean of the newly created academic unit. Dr. Bowden has been in higher education for more than two decades, first serving on the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University from 1995-2000, before joining the Baylor School of Education and the department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.

Bowden has an extensive background in research, including grants, sponsored projects and publications in the areas of lipid metabolism, inflammation and clinical cardiovascular disease in chronic disease populations as well as other ancillary-related research areas. He has been awarded approximately $6 million in extramural funding as a principal or co-investigator.

Nicholas von WaadenNick von Waaden (BS '20)

Nicholas (Nick) von Waaden (BS '20) is a graduate of the Robbins College of Health and Human Services, where he majored in Health Science Studies (Pre-Medicine) and is currently an MBA candidate at the Hankamer School of Business. During his undergraduate years, he was an active member in Student Life, including as a councilman on the Academic Honor Council, a mentor and Research Officer of Baylor Medical Student Organization, and a research assistant for the Dean of the Robbins College of Health, Dr. Rodney Bowden.

Nick said he considers his greatest achievement at Baylor to be founding BUILD, a student-lead organization that will retrofit 40-foot-long shipping containers into medical clinics. These shipper container clinics will be sent to Rwanda to aid in efforts of increasing access to medical care. After the completion of the Healthcare MBA, Nick plans to apply and attend medical school in hopes of driving medical innovation and increase accessibility of care through his career as a future physician.

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