Beth A. Lanning, Ph.D., MCHES

Associate Professor
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Associate Professor

Director, Public Health Undergraduate Program

Research Interests

Human-Animal Interaction. Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy interventions and Quality of Life. Populations include: combat-veterans, children with Autism

Health Literacy
Sexual Violence Prevention
Quality of Life in vulnerable populations

Areas of Expertise

Childhood and Adolescence Health Issues
Child Sexual Abuse
Human-Animal Interaction
Human Sexuality

Courses Taught


Human Sexuality
Introduction to Community Health/Health Promotion
Intervention Design in Health
Program Evaluation in Health Education


Community Health Education
Current Health Issues

Principal Publications

Lanning, B.A., Baier, M.E., Ivey-Hatz, J., Krenek, N., Tubbs, J.D. (2014). Effects of Equine assisted activities on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(8), 1897-1907. Doi 10.1007/s10803-014-2062-5.

Hatz, J. & Lanning, B.A. (2014). Extreme autism camps: Parental perceptions and Reasons for enrolling. Autism Quarterly, (spring), 11-12.

Lanning, B. A., & Krenek, N. (2013). Examining effects of equine-assisted activities to help combat veterans improve quality of life. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 50(8): xv–xxii.

Lanning, B. A. & Doyle, E.I. (2010). Health literacy: Developing a practical framework for effective health communication. Journal of American Medical Writers Association, 25(4): 155-161.

Bowden, R. G., Lanning, B. A., Doyle, E. I., Slonaker, B., Johnston, H M., Scanes, G. (2008). The effects of weight loss attempts, exercise initiation, and dietary practices on health related quality of life. Applied Research Quality Life, 3: 149-160.

Frederick, K.E., Ivey-Hatz, J., Lanning, B. (2015). Not just horsing around: The impact of equine-assisted learning on levels of hope and depression in at-risk adolescents. Community Mental Health Journal, 51(7), 809-817. doi 10.1007/s10597-015-9836-x.


Ph.D. Health Education
CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist)
MSEd. Health Education/Exercise Physiology
B.S. Health Education/Wellness

Contact Information

Baylor University
College of Health & Human Sciences, HHPR
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, Texas 76798-7313

Office: Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium 221
Phone: 254-710-4027
Fax: 254-710-3527