Rachel Reimer
Position Chair, Program Director and Associate Professor - Master of Public Health
Phone515-271-1432
Emailrachel.reimer@dmu.edu
EducationDoctor of Philosophy Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Area of Expertise Teaching:

  • MPH Capstone
  • Community Research Methods
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Health Interventions
Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards  

  • Member of Division 38 of APA: Health Psychology
  • Member of the Social Psychology health network
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Member of the Iowa Public Health Association
Service Community:

  • Susan G. Komen of Iowa – Member of Executive Committee

Professional:

Peer Reviewer for following:

  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Nicotine and Tobacco Research
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Risk Analysis

University:

  • Co-Chair of Public Health research focus area
  • Institutional Review Board
  • DMU Inquiry Committee
  • Research and Grants – Chair
  • CHS by-laws/nominating committee – Chair
  • Performance Improvement Committee (CHS strategic planning committee – Chair
  • Floor Emergency coordinator
  • MPH curriculum committee – Chair

Ad Hoc Committees

  • SPEC workgroup
  • Faculty Workload Task force
  • VP for research Search committee
  • Portal Committee
  • CMAT
  • MPH faculty search committee
  • MHA finance search committee
  • Ad hoc MPH/MHA writing committee

Research

My research is focused broadly on examining how individuals make decisions about health, and the social, cultural, and environmental factors that affect those decisions. My current research is focused primarily on using social psychology theory to examine disparities between White and Latina women on factors associated with HPV vaccination (such as parent-child communication, religiosity, and perceived norms). I also research decision making for adolescent health risk behaviors such as alcohol consumption and risky sexual behaviors. Finally, I am involved in experimental research examining the longitudinal effects of a childhood obesity prevention program.

Grant Activities: Current or Pending

  • Iowa Osteopathic Education Research Grant Title: Functional recovery after gastrocnemius recession in individuals with equinus-related disorders: A quasi-experimental study including a non-surgical, matched control group. Role:  Co-Investigator – Statistician Status: Funded Funding: $9,300; 2013-2015
  • Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation Title: Steps to success PI: Joan McCleish, Dean of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Grants at Mercy College of Health Sciences Role: Program Evaluator / Statistician Status: Funded – In Progress Funding to DMU: $7,500; 2013 – 2014
  • ARRA Grant Title: Pathways to Success PI: Joan McCleish, Dean of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Grants at Mercy College of Health Sciences Role: Statistician Status: Funded – In Progress Funding to DMU: $2,500; 2013 – 2014
  • National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) Title: HPV vaccination inequalities: A prospective test of competing theories Role: Primary Investigator Status: Reviewed and Scored. Funding Decision Pending. Funding: $374,722; 2014-2017

Grant Activities: Completed

  • Iowa Osteopathic Education Research Grant Title: Information Avoidance and message framing Role: Principle Investigator Status: Funded / Complete Funding: $3,327; 2011-2013
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Grant Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccine uptake among non-Latino White and Latino youth and young adults Primary Research Mentor: Meg Gerrard Secondary Research Mentor: Mary Gerend Role: Mentee Status: Not Funded; 2012
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Grant Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccine uptake among non-Latino White and Latino youth and young adults Primary Research Mentor: Meg Gerrard Secondary Research Mentor: Mary Gerend Role: Mentee Status: Not Funded; 2011
  • Iowa Osteopathic Education Research Grant Title: Influence of a school based walking program on healthy lifestyle choices of parents and their children aged 5-12 Role: Consultant Status: Funded Funding: $4,026.00; 2010-2012
  • Iowa Osteopathic Education Research Grant Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women Role: Principle Investigator Status: Funded Funding: $8,113.00; 2010-2012
  • Iowa Osteopathic Education Research Grant Title: Factors associated with human papillomavirus vaccination among Latina and White women Role: Principle Investigator Status: Funded Funding: $8,193.00; 2009-2011
  • FRA HL-08-013 Title: “Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Reduce Obesity: Centers for Behavioral Intervention Development (U01): Role: Co-Investigator Status: Not funded; 2009 

Student Research Supervision at DMU

  • Jessica Gustafson – Summer 2013 Project Title: Social and Demographic Influences on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Knowledge, Beliefs, and Barriers to Recommend Vaccination among physician and physician assistant students
  • Katie Stover - Summer 2013 Project Title: Parental sociodemographic influences on childhood social, academic, and physical wellness.
  • Emily Sibigtroth - Summer 2013 Project Title: The impact of relationship status on HPV vaccination
  • Sivan Ben-David - Summer 2013 Project Title: Predictors of Health Information Avoidance.
  • Gianni Bear - Summer 2013 Project Title: Mother-daughter communication regarding HPV: A qualitative analysis
  • Julie A. Schommer  - Summer 2012 – Present Project Title: Patterns and influences of Physician recommendation on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women
  • Danielle Gustafson - Summer 2012 Project Title: IPE medical mission trip, and Information Avoidance
  • Tara Blalock-Hughes - Summer 2012 Project Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women
  • Lauren Christman - Summer 2011 Project Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women Project Title: Information avoidance of personal health information
  • Kyle Kjome -  Summer 2011 Project Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women Project Title: Information avoidance of personal health information
  • Kylie Davidson - Fall 2010 – 2012 Project Title: Information avoidance of personal health information
  • Caroline Marchand, DO’13 - Summer 2010 Project Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women
  • Kate Vitiritto, DMU MPH’16, DO’13 student  - Summer 2010 Project Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women
  • Melissa Deer, Simpson College and DMU.  - Summer 2009- present Project Title: Racial Disparities between Latina and White women related to HPV and the HPV vaccine. Project Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women
  • Andrea Lund, University of Minnesota-Morris.  - Summer 2009- 2010 Project Title: Racial Disparities between Latina and White women related to HPV and the HPV vaccine. Project Title: Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • *Ncube, N. Reimer, R. A. Sexual risk taking behaviors among HIV-positive persons living in Jamaica. Under Review (RGPH-2013-0321).
  • Gentile, D.A., Reimer, R.A., Nathanson, A., Eisenmann, J., & Walsh, D. The prospective influence of parental monitoring on academic, social, and physical wellness. Under Review – Submitted for special issue on Media, Technology, and pediatric health.
  • Dayton, P., Feilmeier, M., *Sedberry S., & Reimer R. A. (In Press). Does showering suture sites after surgery increase the incidence of infection? A Prospective Observation. Manuscript in preparation. Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
  • Dayton, P., Feilmeier, M., Huniker, B., *Nielson, T., & Reimer, R. A. (In Press). Reduction of the intermetatarsal angle following first metatarsal phalangeal arthrodesis: A systematic review. Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
  • Reimer, R. A., *Schommer, J. A., Houlihan, A. E., & Gerrard, M. (In Press). Patterns and potential influence of physician recommendation on HPV vaccination among White and Hispanic men and women. Journal of Community Health. DOI:10.1007/s10900-013-9773-y.
  • Reimer, R. A., Houlihan, A. E., Gerrard, M., *Deer, M., & *Lund, A. (2012). Predictors of HPV vaccination: Differences in predictors for White and Latina women. Journal of Sex Research, 0, 1-9.
  • Gentile, D. A., Nathanson, A. I., *Rasmussen, E. E., Reimer, R. A., Walsh, D. A. (2012).  Do you see what I see? Parent and child reports of parental monitoring of media. Family Relations, 64, 470-481.
  • Reimer, R. A., Gerrard, M. & Gibbons, F. X. (2010). Racial differences in smoking knowledge: Data from the Health Information National Trends Survey. Psychology and Health, 25, 943-959.
  • Roberts, M.E, Gerrard, M., Reimer, R. A., & Gibbons, F. X. (2010). Mother-Daughter communication and HPV Vaccination. Pediatrics, 125, 982-989.
  • Gentile, D. A., Welk, G., Eisenmann, J., Reimer, R. A.  Walsh, D. A., Russell, D. W., Callahan, R., Walsh, M., & Strickland, S., Fritz, K. (2009). Evaluation of the SWITCH program: A multiple ecological level obesity prevention program. BioMed Central – Medicine, 4: 49.
  • Houlihan, A. E., Gibbons, F. X., Gerrard, M., Yeh, H-C., Reimer, R. A., Murry, V. M. (2008). Sex and the self: The impact of early sexual onset on the self-concept and subsequent risky behavior of African American Adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence, 28, 70-91.
  • Recker, K., Plumert, J. M., Hund, A. M & Reimer, R. A. (2008). How do biases in memory for location emerge during learning? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 98, 217-232.
  • Gibbons, F. X., Reimer, R. A., Gerrard, M., Hsiu-Chen, Y., Houlihan, A. E. Cutrona, C., Simons, R. Brody, G. (2008). Rural Urban differences in substance use among African American Adolescents. Special Issue, Journal of Rural Health, 23, 22-30.   

Conference Presentations and Research Talks given

  • Dayton, P., Feilmeier, M., *Sedberry S., & Reimer R. A. Does showering suture sites after surgery increase the incidence of infection? A Prospective Observation. Manuscript in preparation. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
  • *Gustavson, J., *Schommer, J.A. & Reimer, R.A. (2014) Social and Demographic Influences on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Knowledge, Beliefs, and Barriers to Recommend Vaccination Among physician and physician assistant students. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association.
  • *Gustavson, J., *Schommer, J.A. & Reimer, R.A. (2014) Social and Demographic Influences on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Knowledge, Beliefs, and Barriers to Recommend Vaccination among physician and physician assistant students. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual meeting.
  • *Ben-David, S., *Schommer, J.A., & Reimer, R.A. (2014). Predictors of Health Information Avoidance. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting.
  • Dayton, P., Feilmeier, M., *Sedberry, S., & Reimer, R.A. ( 2013). Des getting sutures we postoperatively increase the incidence of infection? A prospective study. Presented at the Des Moines University Annual Research Day.
  • Reimer, R. A., Gentile, D. A., Nathanson, A., Eisenmann, J., Walsh, D. Switch what you do, view, and chew: A multi-ecological obesity intervention program. Talk presented at the Des Moines University annual Research Day, December, 2013.
  • *Schommer, J. A., *Hughes, T. & Reimer, R. A. (2013). Gender and ethnic differences in social and behavioral factors related to human papillomavirus vaccination rates among a community sample. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, CA.
  • *Schommer, J. A., & Reimer, R. A. (2013). Physician’s recommendation and HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women. Presented at the DMU mentored student research program closing symposium.
  • Christman, L., *Davidson, K. M., * Deer, M., * Kjome, K., & Reimer, R. A. (2012). Predictors of HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, CA.
  • *Kjome, K., *Christman, L., *Deer, M. & Reimer, R. A. (2011). HPV awareness, HPV vaccine uptake, and the potential impact of physicians: A cross-sectional community based survey. Poster presented at the American Osteopathic Association Research Conference, Orlando, Fl.
  • Gentile, D. A., Nathanson, A. I., Reimer, R. A., & Rasmussen, E. (2011). The longitudinal effects of Parental involvement in media on child wellness. Talk presented at the Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • *Lund, A., *Deer, M. & Reimer, R. A., (2011).Effects of Machismo and Acculturation on HPV Vaccination Status and Willingness among Whites and Latinas. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Reimer, R. A.  (2010). Racial Disparities between Latina and Non-Latina White
  • Women in Factors Associated with HPV Vaccination. Plenary delivered at the DMU research symposium.
  • Prieto, L., & Reimer, R. A. (2010). Latino/a sexual health, HPV, & public policy implications. Talk jointly presented at the 12th Annual Strengthening and Valuing Latin@ communities in Iowa conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
  • *Deer, M., *Lund, A., *Vitiritto, K., *Marchand, C., & Reimer, R. A. (2010). Sociocultural influences on HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women: Preliminary findings. Presented at the DMU summer research closing program.
  • *Vitiritto, K., *Marchand, K., *Deer, M., *Lund, A., & Reimer, R. A. (2010). Knowledge levels associated with HPV vaccination among a community sample of White and Latino men and women. Poster presented at the DMU summer research closing program.
  • Buchanan, P., & Reimer, R. A. (2010). Systems perspectives on human behavior: Understanding change over time. Talk jointly presented at the DMU summer research program.
  • Reimer, R. A.,Roberts, M.,Gerrard, M., & Gibbons, F. X.  (2010).Racial disparities between Latina and non-Latina White women in factors associated with HPV vaccination. Poster presented at the American Public Health Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Reimer, R. A. (2010).Disparities between Latina and White women in factors associated with HPV vaccination. Research talk given at the Iowa Initiative’s On the Issues Conference, Des Moines, IA.
  • Houlihan, A. E., Reimer, R.A., & Fahey, L. Acculturation and risky sexual behavior among Hispanic college students. (2010). Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Boston, MA.
  • Reimer, R. A., Houlihan, A. E., *Deer, M., & *Lund, A (2010). Racial disparities between Latina and Caucasian women in factors associated with HPV vaccination. Poster presented at the Annual meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Reimer, R. A. (Oct, 2009). Race disparities in attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge of HPV and the HPV vaccine: Preliminary findings. Presented at the College of Health Sciences monthly research seminar. Des Moines University.
  • *Deer, M., *Lund, A. & Reimer, R. A. Effects of previous sexual behaviors on HPV vaccine acceptability: Preliminary Findings. (2009). Poster Presented at Des Moines University Summer Research Closing Program.
  • *Lund, A., *Deer, M., & Reimer, R. A. Socio-cultural factors and HPV preventive behaviors. (2009). Talk given at Des Moines University Summer Research Closing Program.
  • Reimer, R. A., Gibbons, F. X., Madon, S., Gentile, D. A. (2009). The effect of a between-subjects manipulation of processing route on behavioral intentions and behavioral willingness to engage in risky health behaviors. Poster presented at the Annual meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.
  • Roberts, M., Gerrard, M., Reimer, R. A., Gibbons, F. X. (2009). Mother-daughter communication and HPV vaccine uptake. Poster accepted for presentation at the Annual meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.
  • Reimer, R. A., & Gerrard, M. (2008). Racial differences in smoking Myths: Data from the Health Information National Trends Survey. Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Reimer, R. A., *Ben-David, S., & *Schommer, J. A. Information processing style, dispositional optimism and health information avoidance. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Reimer, R.A. Schommer, J. A., & Gustuvson, J. Medical students’ beliefs and attitudes regarding recommendation of the HPV vaccine. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Gerrard, M., Roberts, M.E., Reimer, R. A., & Gibbons, F. X.  The role of SES and mothers’ communication about sex on HPV vaccination of African American adolescents. Under Revision following review.
  • Houlihan, A. E., *Fahey, L. M., *Garza, N. B., *McKinney, E., & Reimer, R. A. The role of behavioral willingness in the relation between acculturation and risky sexual behavior among Hispanic young adults. Manuscript in preparation.

Invited Talks

  • Reimer, R. A. (2011). Social Psychology in Health and Medicine. Presidential Inauguration series – Des Moines University.

*Represents student author.

Awards and honors

DMU MPH Student Choice Faculty of the Year

President’s Cabinet Bonus

Alpha Eta National Honor Society

Graduate and Professional Student Senate Peer Teaching Award