Faculty & Staff

Laura Dybdal

Laura Dybdal


Office: MCG 134
Email: laura.dybdal@umontana.edu

Current Position

Full Professor- University of Montana Health & Human Performance Department- Community Health & Prevention Sciences

  • Undergraduate Global Public Health Minor Faculty
  • MPH-CHPS Faculty






HHP 542: Adv Study of Mind-Body-Spirit 

HHP 541: Adv Program Planning in Comminuty Health & Prevention Sciences

HTH 430 : Health and the Mind-Body-Spirit Relationship

CHTH 445: Program Planning in Community Health & Prevention Sciences 

HHP 233: Child and Adolescent Health Issues



PH.D: Health Psychology- University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

M.S: Health Promotion- University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

B.S: Applied Health Science- Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, Butte, Montana




Research Interests

Mind/Body Connection

Veteran Resiliency

Social Marketing 

Mobile Health Application Use and Effectiveness 




Principle Investigator: Dybdal, L., Steele, S. (2018): Exploring the Relationship Between Yoga and Heart Rate Variability, Sleep and PTS in Female Veterans

Principle Investigator: Dybdal, L. (2012-2017) Development and Dissemination of Montana’s HIV Prevention Social Marketing Strategies: Centers of Disease Control (CDC) & Montana State Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Principle Investigator: Dybdal, L. (2015-2016): Feasabiltiy of Mobile Mindfulness Applications in U.S. Active Service Duty Members and Veterans, UM Mind/Body Lab, Pilot Study

Project Director: Dybdal, L. (2014-2016); Mindfulness Resilience Program for Student Veterans at University of Montana; HHP Mind/Body Lab, National Veterans Yoga Project (VYP)

Principle Investigator: Dybdal, L. (2010-2012) Development of Montana’s HIV Prevention Social Marketing Campaign: Centers of Disease Control (CDC) & Montana State Department of Public Health and Human Services

Co-Principal Investigator: Brown BD, Dybdal L, Noonan, C: (2010-2012) Impact of a Community Garden Program on Mental Health Indicators and Diabetes-Related Outcomes in Northern Plains American Indians; Centers for Native Health Partnership

Neuroscience Courses

HTH 430 - Health & Mind/Body/Spirit Relationship


American Public Health Association (APHA)

Health Psychology Association

Eta Sigma Gamma, National Health Honorary Society