Montana State University

Health & Human Development

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Tel: (406) 994-3242
Fax: (406) 994-2013
Location: 218 Herrick Hall

HHD Undergraduate Advising Office

Tel: (406) 994-4001
Fax: (406) 994-6314
Location: 121 Hosaeus PE Complex

Department of Health & Human Development

CHTH 220 Human Sexuality
HHD 512 Research Methods in HHD


Elizabeth Rink, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor
Community Health

318C Herrick Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540 | 406.994.3833

Elizabeth Rink received her doctorate in Public Health from Oregon State University and holds a master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Washington. Dr. Rink's research interests include examining the individual, social, and environmental determinants of sexual health. Her research specifically includes work, on adolescent sexual health and depression, male reproductive and sexual health, and factors that influence sexually transmitted infection transmission among rural and American Indian populations. Dr. Rink's areas of expertise include qualitative and quantitative research methodologies as well as working with longitudinal data sets. She has extensive experience in the implementation and evaluation of community-based research projects and public health programs in rural, underserved settings. Dr. Rink has also conducted individual, group, and family clinical social work with children, adolescents, and their families in urban, rural, and wilderness settings.

Programs and Research Projects

  • Analysis of the extent to which perceptions of sex, depression, and ecological factors influence onset of sexual intercourse among female adolescents
  • Analysis of the interpersonal and intrapersonal ecological factors that influence female adolescents' perceptions of sex
  • Examination of the individual, social, and environmental factors that influence STI transmission and sexual health among American Indian and rural populations

Specialties and Interests

  • Adolescent and young adult sexual health and depression
  • Individual, social, and environmental determinants of sexual health
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Program planning and evaluation