Carroll College, Helena Montana


Jennifer Lowell, Ph.D.

Jennifer Lowell

Assistant Professor, Jennifer Lowell, received her B.S. from the University of Arizona and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Colorado State University. Prior to teaching at Carroll, Dr. Lowell worked for six years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a molecular epidemiologist studying the plague in Colorado and Kazakhstan. She spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher and adjunct faculty member at the University of Montana, teaching with the Montana Ecology of Infectious Disease Program, and two years working for the state of Montana as a Communicable Disease Epidemiologist.

Dr. Lowell's interests lie in "big picture" problems and how social, environmental, and ecological factors influence human health. Her research interests include the evolution of human pathogens, environmental drivers of disease distribution, and causes of disease disparities on local and international levels. Dr. Lowell enjoys the multidisciplinary nature of the Health Sciences, and the diverse opportunities that it provides to students.

In her leisure time, Dr. Lowell enjoys traveling, skiing, and white-water kayaking/rafting with her husband and daughter.

Courses taught: GIS 110 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems; HS 230 Introduction to Epidemiology; HS 307 Evidence Based Research Methods in Health Sciences; HS 329 Public Health and the Environment; HS 335 Health Policy, Management and Issues: National and Global Perspectives

Kelly Parsley, M.A.

Kelly Parsley, Chair of Carroll College’s Health Sciences Department, currently Chairs the Lewis and Clark County Board of Health and serves on St. Peter’s Hospital Board of Directors.

She was also appointed to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and served as their Chair for four years. In 2006, she wrote the field guide that Montana law enforcement officers use to respond to sexual assault crimes, and 2008 she completed the field guide law enforcement to use to respond to domestic violence.

She has worked as the Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Montana Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence and served on their Board of Directors for four years. She served three years on the Montana Crime Victim’s Services Committee and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Montana AIDS Advisory Council.

She manages a Bacchus Network grant for tobacco prevention ($12,000 annually) and a DUI Taskforce Grant ($4,400 annually) for Carroll College.   In 2011, she was named the National Outstanding Prevention Professional of the Year by Outside the Classroom, a national agency that supports alcohol prevention at the college level.  She currently represents twenty rural states on the CDC’s Rape Prevention Stakeholder Group as well as representing Montana on the CDC’s Rape Prevention Education Council.

Professor Parsley’s research interests focus on prevention tools for safer communities, and when she is not working, she is running, skiing, biking, and hiking Montana mountains with her husband and twin daughters.

Courses Taught: ENWR 303 Grant Writing; HS 303 Public Health Nutrition; HS 335 Health Policy, Management and Issues: National and Global Perspectives; HS 405 Health Sciences Senior Seminar; HS 415 Health Sciences Internship; PH 303 Public Health Promotion and Methods; PH 333 Public Health Theories and Practice; PH 405 Public Health Senior Seminar; PH 415 Public Health Internship

Gerald Schafer, Ph.D.

Gerald Schafer, Ph.DGerald Schafer arrived at Carroll College in January 2014, having recently completed a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He has undergraduate degrees in biology and music (piano) and an M.S. in Biology from Walla Walla University. He previously taught high school in his native Canada and at Asia-Pacific International University in Thailand.

In Pittsburgh, Gerald was involved in translational research based on the Diabetes Prevention Program, a large clinical trial that demonstrated that moderate lifestyle changes were more effective than drugs in delaying or preventing type 2 diabetes. The goal of Pittsburgh project was to evaluate an adaptation of these approaches in a variety of community settings. Gerald’s particular interest was the out-of-pocket expenses faced by participants in the interventions for things like food and activity, as well as the time spent on activities related to the program. His research interests at Carroll include the development of diabetes prevention projects that provide opportunities for students to be involved in improving health and lifestyle in the Helena community and beyond.

Gerald enjoys cooking and exploring ethnic cuisine with his wife. They are members of a couple local choral ensembles as well as budding organic farmers. He also enjoys international travel, running, hiking, and Scrabble.

Courses Taught: HS 198 Introduction to Health Sciences; HS 307 Evidence Based Research Methods in Health Sciences; HS 335 Health Policy, Management and Issues: National and Global Perspectives