Health & Human Development

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Elizabeth Rink, PhD, LCSW

 

Beth Rink

Associate Professor
Community Health

318C Herrick Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540
elizabeth.rink@montana.edu | 406.994.3833


Elizabeth Rink, PhD, MSW, received her doctorate in Public Health from Oregon State University and holds a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. Dr. Rink's research examines the individual, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental determinants of sexual and reproductive health among indigenous populations in Montana and the Arctic. Dr. Rink's areas of expertise include community-based participatory research as well as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Her research has been funded by the US Office of Population Affairs, the National Institute of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

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