Dr. Dingman's background is in social work and public health. Dingman investigated child abuse and neglect cases in a rural NC county for seven years before transitioning to hospital social work where she was part of an interdisciplinary psychiatry team. She received her MPH in 2007 and practiced for three years as a tobacco treatment specialist with a Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC). During her time with AHEC, Dingman created, implemented and facilitated a smoking cessation program called Tools to Quit which remains in use throughout Florida. In addition, she conducted tobacco cessation trainings for health care professionals, focusing on the neurobiology of addiction and the Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Guidelines. Dr. Dingman’s dedication to health policy, research and information dissemination led her to pursue doctoral training.
Dingman’s dissertation focused on environmental triggers and excess calorie intake among college students. After receiving her Doctor of Public Health in 2013, she was awarded a fellowship in Public Health Law Research (PHLR) in the Beasley School of Law. At PHLR, she conducted policy and law research related to major public health issues (e.g., tobacco control, heart disease and stroke prevention, mental health, vaccine compliance), and was mentored by experts in law and policy, survey research, natural experiments, and robust statistical methods. Dingman is most interested in studying laws that can affect passive over consumption of calories and tobacco use. Her research examines how to use law and policy to enhance population health.