Meet the Faculty

Dr. Robert W. Smith, Interim MPH Chair
Dean, College of Public Affairs & Administration
Office:  PAC 430
Phone:  217-206-652


Dorine J. Brand, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: PAC 352
Phone: 217-206-7874
e-mail:  dbrand at

Dr. Dorine Brand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She completed her education at the University of Illinois receiving her Ph.D. in Community Health (Urbana-Champaign), a Master of Public Health (Chicago) and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health (Urbana-Champaign).

Dr. Brand’s primary interests in cardiovascular (CV) disparity research through community engagement with an emphasis on faith-based health programming within the African American community. Dr. Brand’s work includes exploring mechanisms that will address health disparities, developing effective strategies to reduce CV disease risk factors and improve poor health outcomes among minorities,  and implementing health promotion activities to foster healthy lifestyles.


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Cheng-Chia “Brian” Chen Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Office: PAC 324
Phone: 217-206-8548

Dr. Cheng-Chia “Brian” Chen is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He received a PhD in Health Behavior from the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington. He also earned two Master’s degrees in Applied Statistics and Sports management (Concentration: Sports Marketing) from Indiana University-Bloomington. Dr. Chen has developed a sustainable research program that focuses on health inequality, health policy analyses, e-Education, health promotion, and chronic disease prevention/control. His recent research projects include original studies to facilitate the understanding and application of social determinants of health (SDOH) and related public health interventions to enhance strategies for disease prevention, and health policy making from a multi-dimensional, social-ecological approaches. Dr. Chen has articles in peer-reviewed publications such as the International Journal of Health Services, the Health Education Journal, E-mentor Journal, and a chapter in Contemporary Issues in Public Health in North Africa and Middle East. He currently serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, British Medical Journal, and American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Dr. Chen teaches graduate and undergraduate MPH (Master in Public Health) courses in Biostatistics, Health Economics, Food, Health and Public Policy, Human Well-Being: Determinants of Health & Health Disparities (in on-campus and blended settings). In 2017, he received the Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award. To learn more about Dr. Chen, please visit his professional website by clicking here.


Kathy DeBarr Ph.D
Associate Professor
Office: PAC 328
Phone: 217-206-7535

Dr. Kathy DeBarr is Associate Professor of Public Health at University of Illinois at Springfield in Springfield, Illinois. She previously served as the Chair of the UIS Health Services Administration Department. She has served as a peer reviewer for several academic journals, including International Electronic Journal of Health Education, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Healthcare Management, and the American Journal of College Health, as well as Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

Dr. DeBarr has published articles in the following academic journals: The Journal of Health Administration Education, Journal of Safety Research, the American Journal of Health Education, California Journal of Health Promotion, and the Journal of School Health. Her 2004 article A review of current health education theories for the Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2(1), 74-87 is used in the Psychological Factors in Health and Illness course at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is a past nominee for the CASE National Excellence in Teaching Award.

Most significantly, Dr. DeBarr has earned a number of certificates from the Sloan Consortium for Online teaching, and is a member of the New Century Learning Consortium. Dr. DeBarr holds membership in the American Public Health Association, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the American Association for Health Education, and the Society for Public Health Education.



Egbe Egiebor Ph.D

Assistant Professor & Director, Environmental Health Program

Office: PAC 320
Phone: 217-206-8146

Dr. Egbe Egiebor is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the College of Public Affairs and Administration. She received her PhD in Toxicology from the University of Maryland and an MS in Environmental Science from Tuskegee University.

Prior to joining UIS, Dr. Egiebor was a Public Health Assessor/ Toxicologist in the Department of Environmental Epidemiology at the Virginia Department of Health. Her research interests include studying the effects of different known chemicals and emerging contaminants of concern on humans and the environment. She is specifically interested in studying the mechanism by which chemicals induce toxic effects.

Dr. Egiebor teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Risk Assessment, Risk Management Communication and other environmental health courses. She received a National Institute of Health  (NIH) faculty fellowship in 2017.  She is a member of the Society of Toxicology,  American Cancer Association and the Association of public Health.



Lenore Killam, MA
Clinical Instructor
Office: PAC 310
Phone: 217-206-6083

Lenore Killam joined the faculty July 1, 2011 to coordinate the internship program and teach environmental health courses. She has a long history with UIS. She received her B. A. in Biology and her M. A. in Environmental Studies when UIS was Sangamon State University. She received a graduate certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment in 2007, and is currently a Doctoral candidate here at UIS.

Before joining the faculty, she served for five years as the Online Coordinator for the Department of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Studies. She previously served as the the Industrial Hygienist and Manager of the Illinois Department of Labor Safety Inspection and Education Division.

Her research interests include risk sciences, emergency preparedness, occupational and environmental health and safety, and community education. She is currently the Central Chapter Director of the Illinois Environmental Health Association.

Lenore is also a fifth degree black belt and Aikido instructor.



Dr. Junu Shrestha

Assistant Professor

Office: PAC 322

Phone: 217-206-8519


Dr. Junu Shrestha completed her EdD in Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services with emphasis on Environmental Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018. In addition, she has two Master’s Degree, Master of Science in Environmental Science with emphasis on Pollution Management from Kathmandu University, Nepal and Master of Science in Environmental Health from the University of Northern Iowa. She worked at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) as a research consultant before coming to the United States.

Prior to joining to UIS, Dr. Shrestha was an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research interest includes working with various environmental contaminants especially heavy metals and their impact on water (both surface and groundwater) as well as human health. In addition, she is interested in applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technique to analyze and map environmental and public health issues. Currently, she is working on the application of GIS technique to find the impact of contaminated (brownfield) sites on various health impacts. Here, at University of Illinois at Springfield, Dr. Shrestha is Assistant Professor of Environmental Health. She teaches 1) Community Health Research and 2) Environmental & Occupational Health.

 Adjunct Faculty:

If you are interested in serving as adjunct faculty with the Department of Public Health? Please visit the UIS Job Board for currently available positions.