Health Policy

Natoshia Askelson

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


Natoshia Askelson 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. Askelson 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

  • PhD, Community and Behavioral Health, University of Iowa, 2008
  • MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1998