Courses Taught: P_HLTH 8970 Public Health Capstone; P_HLTH 8953 Evaluating Global Public Health Programs


PhD, Saint Louis University, 2007; MPH, Saint Louis University, 1999; BS, Kent State University, 1976.

Research Interests:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders; Screening Brief Intervention Referral and Treatment; Preconception Health; Mental Health of Women; Social and Cultural Context of Health.

Teaching Interests:

Program Evaluation; Health Program Design and Planning; Social Research Methods; Social Policy Analysis; The Context of Health Behavior Change.

Research and Scholarly Activity:

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders through Alcohol Education and SBIRT Training of Healthcare Providers

Dr. Tenkku Lepper’s work and research has focused on the identification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) as well as screening, referral and treatment (SBIRT) of alcohol exposed pregnancies. In 2015, she was funded through SAMHSA to work with physician assistants in development and implementation of an alcohol education and SBIRT curriculum in all Physician Assistant programs in Missouri. In this effort, she is working with the Missouri Association for Physician Assistants as well as the Physician Assistant Education Association at the national level. These linkages will help to increase the acceptance and implementation of the new curriculum at the state and national levels.

In 2014, she received a CDC-funded grant for the Mental and Reproductive Health Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Practice Implementation Center (MRPIC) focused on design and implementation of robust discipline-specific FASD training materials for Social Work (SW) and OB/GYN disciplines and reducing alcohol exposed pregnancies. An innovative interactive screening and brief intervention module will be utilized across all disciplines of the CDC PIC/Partner Project. A final goal of this project is the design and implementation of the interprofessional practice model in caring for those with an FASD and also in the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies. All of Dr. Tenkku Lepper’s work can be found at:

In 2017, she will be collaborating with the state Department of Health and Senior Services to develop and implement a Missouri Birth Defects Registry. This work will be conducted across the entire state of Missouri.