Engaged Faculty


Rhonda-Johnson Rhonda Johnson

Professor of Public Health

Health Sciences Department Chair



Dr. Johnson is the Principal Investigator for CAHDRE, as well as the Director for the Research and Education Training Core. One of the reasons the CAHDRE Project was established was to collaborate with others to encourage and support students, especially those from underrepresented populations, into health careers. CAHDRE actively seeks opportunities to support and inform pre-undergraduate students about health careers, public health, health disparities, biomedical and transdisciplinary research, and health mentor assistance.


Elizabeth Barnett
Allied Health Sciences
Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene

Elizabeth Barnett is an assistant professor of dental hygiene and director of the Dental Hygiene Clinic at UAA. Every year the Dental Hygiene Clinic along with other organizations in the community put on Alaska Cares: Dental Days at UAA. They provide two days of free dental care to individuals who are on a limited budget and have no dental insurance. They provide exams, radiographs, cleanings, sealants, amalgam restorations and composite restorations.