Lorinda Sheeler

Visiting Associate Professor of Public Health

Office: SC 155

(319) 352-8280


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More about Lorinda Sheeler

Educational Background

B.S., Auburn University, 1993

M.S., Texas Tech University, 1996

Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2002

Professional Experience and Current Research Interests:
I have transitioned from a research scientist focusing on the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases, to a public health epidemiologist monitoring and investigating disease outbreaks, to most recently an epidemiology professor teaching in the health sciences. The progression of my career has created research opportunities I could have never predicted. My diverse training and experience allows my research interests to vary quite considerably. I have a strong interest in the ecology and epidemiology of rabies as well as tick-borne diseases. My experience in public health practice has generated interest in designing new methods and techniques for epidemiological surveillance linking animal and human health data, but also has generated new interests in foodborne diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, and multidrug resistant organisms. I also have developed a passion for the areas of health care quality and access, health promotion and disease prevention, with a specific focus on prevention of drug use/abuse in pregnancy and the prevention of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

I continually research for new approaches to prevent disease and promote health. If you are a student with similar interests or are interested in learning more about public health, let’s work together so I may have the opportunity to share your passion!

Previous Experience:
Dr. Sheeler most recently has been the director of assessment and evaluation and an associate professor at the School of Physician Assistant Studies at South College (Tenn.). She also was the principle epidemiologist for the East Tennessee Regional Health Office.