Dr. Lauren Lessard is an assistant professor of Health Sciences at ICHS. She is a
trained maternal and child health epidemiologist and specializes in community based
participatory research, implementation studies and program evaluations. She often
employs mixed method research designs to address health disparities in underserved
Dr. Micah Hahn is an assistant professor of Environmental Health at ICHS. She is trained
as an epidemiologist and incorporates epidemiological study designs, spatiotemporal
exposure assessment, GIS analysis, weather and climate data, ecological predictive
modeling, and mixed-methods to answer interdisciplinary, applied questions around
climate-related exposures and human-animal-environment interactions.
Dr. Ruby Fried is an assistant professor of Health Science within the Institute for
Circumpolar Health Studies. Her work focuses on identifying the drivers of health
outcomes in terms of both risk and resilience. Dr. Fried's research includes examining
the health impacts of traditional foods among Alaska Native people, traditional food
security, and other mixed methods projects related to food environments and health
disparities with a commitment to active and meaningful community-driven research.
Rebecca Van Wyck
Rebecca has more than 10 years of experience in the environmental sciences, including
work at the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Division and in private environmental
consulting. She most enjoys working with data sets and interpreting the story within
the numbers. Her investigations include the subjects of water quality and air quality,
but now she enjoys the opportunity at ICHS to match observations within our physical
environment with health implications.
Dr. David Parker is a full professor at ICHS and holds a doctorate in epidemiology
with a focus in biostatistics. He has served as PI on projects in the areas of HIV, STIs, viral hepatitis, homelessness,
injection drug use, substance use disorders, and connections to care. His research areas include the integration of information technology into healthcare to
improve health outcomes and reduce costs, international security and information assurance,
remote healthcare, and use of AI/algorithms to identify vulnerable populations using
Mariah Seater, born and raised in Alaska, holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MPH and graduate certificate in children's mental health
from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to joining ICHS in 2019, she held positions in the education, government and
non-profit sectors focused on areas such as health communications, outdoor education,
senior and disability healthcare access, and youth development.