Health Policy

Natoshia Askelson

  • Research Fellow, Health Policy Research Program
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health


Natoshia M. Askelson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health, Department of Community & Behavioral Health with an adjunct appointment in the Health Policy Research Program at the Public Policy Center. She currently serves as the PI for Iowa’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Collaborating Center and Deputy Director of the Prevention Research Center. She is trained as a behavioral scientist with an emphasis in health communication. Her research is focused on maternal, child and family health, with an emphasis on elementary-aged children and adolescents. She uses mixed methods to understand how policy and program changes influence positive and maladaptive behavior.

Research Interests

  • Intersection of health policy and behavior change
  • Family and child health
  • Health communication
  • Evaluation

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Community and Behavioral Health, 2008
  • M.P.H., Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, 1998
  • B.A., University of Iowa, 1995