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Sandra Kuntz, Ph.D., R.N.

Sandra Kuntz is an Associate Professor at Montana State University (MSU), College of Nursing. Prior to joining MSU she spent eleven years at Salish Kootenai College. She maintains a firm commitment to the recruitment of Native American men and women to undergraduate and graduate nursing education. In 2008, she received the MSU Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring. Dr. Kuntz received her B.S.N. from California State University at Long Beach, community/public health nursing from Texas Woman’s University, and her Ph.D. in community health services from Walden University. Dr. Kuntz is a community/public health clinical nurse specialist with a research focus in environmental health, disaster, health disparities and community-based participatory approaches in rural and Native American communities. Her environmental health interests include fish consumption risk awareness and methylmercury exposure among Native American women of childbearing age and the biopsychosocial effects of asbestos exposure in the community of Libby, Montana. She has served as a Scientific Reviewer on a Special Emphasis Panel for the CDC Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response and is published in Environmental Research; Public Health Nursing; Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing; and Journal of Transcultural Nursing.