Beth A. Lanning, PhD, MCHES

Beth A. Lanning, PhD, MCHES
Associate Chair of Public Health, Director of MPH Community Health, Professor, Public Health
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Associate Chair of Public Health,

Director of MPH Community Health, Professor, Public Health

Research Interests

My 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. I have also conducted research in medically underserved populations, faith-based organizations and abstinence education. More recent research includes examining the human-animal interaction and the use of animals, especially horses, as therapy partners in programs with at-risk youth, children with Autism, and military service members, which has been supported through the Horses and Humans Research Foundation, Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment Fund, and internal grants.

As an extension of my research, I served as chair of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation research task force and chair of the Health and Education Advisory Committee for Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.

Areas of Expertise

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

Courses Taught

PUBH 5329 Current Health Issues

PUBH 5334 Foundation of Public Health

PUBH 2330 Introduction to Public and Population Health

PUBH 4331 Intervention Design in Health Education

PUBH 4333 Evaluation in Public Health

PUBH 4321 Human Sexuality



Human-Animal Interactions

Lanning, B. A., Wilson, A., Woelk, R. & Beaujean, A.  (2018 in press). Therapeutic horseback riding as a complementary intervention for military service members with PTSD. Animal-Human Interaction Bulletin.

Lanning, B. A., Wilson, A. L., Krenek, N., Beaujean, A. A.  (2017). Using therapeutic riding as an intervention for combat veterans: An International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) approach. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.

Rigby, B. R., Gloeckner, A. R., Sussums, S., Lanning, B. A., & Grandjean, P. W. (2017). Changes in cardiorespiratory responses and kinematics with hippotherapy in youth with and without cerebral palsy. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2016.1266458.

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.

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.

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.


Quality of Life Issues

Pierce, J. D., Ylitalo, K. R., Lanning, B. A., & Limbers, C. C. (2018).  Sex education and HIV testing among young men who have sex with men: Findings from the 2006-2010 and 2011-2015 National Survey of Family Growth. JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, doi:10.1097/qai.0000000000001773

Duval, A., Lanning, B. A., & Patterson, M. S. (2018). A systematic review of dating violence risk factors among undergraduate college students. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, doi: 10.1177/1524838018782207

Lanning, B. A., Melton, K., & Abel, N.  (2018). The Impact of a Supplemental Drivers' Education Program on Teenage Risk Perception and Driving Behaviors. Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour, 58, 442-451. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2018.06.019.

Ylitalo, K., Lanning, B. A., Umstattd-Meyer, R. (2018). Simple screening tools to identify limited health literacy in a low-income patient population. Medicine. doi:  10.1097/MD.0000000000010110

Melton, K., Lanning, B. A., & Abel, N.  (2018). Family-centered approach to teen-driving program: Program evaluation of parental behavioral outcomes. Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, 9 (1), Article 2.

Lanning, B.A., Golman, M. & Crosslin, K. (2017). Improving human papillomavirus vaccination uptake in college students: a socio-ecological perspective. American Journal of Health Education, 48 (2), 116-128. Doi: 10.1080/19325037.2016.1271753.


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
Department of Public Health

One Bear Place #97343
Waco, Texas 76798-7343

Office: Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium 233
Phone: 254-710-4027
Fax: 254-710-3404