Beth A. Lanning, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at Baylor University, Director of the Undergraduate Public Health Program, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (M.C.H.E.S). Dr. Lanning teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes relating to all aspects of public and population health. Her research interests focus on child and adolescent health issues, specifically child sexual abuse, body image and quality of life issues in vulnerable populations. She has also conducted research in medically underserved populations, faith-based organizations and abstinence education. Over the past 7 years, she has 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.