MHDI Faculty & Staff

MHDI Leadership Team

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Rick Bevins

Chancellor's Professor, Psychology & Interim Associate Vice Chancellor For Research
(402) 472-7813 238 Burnett Hall
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Arthur "Trey" Andrews

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies & Psychology
(402) 472-7008 430F Oldfather Hall
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Nova Gocchi Carrasco

Coordinator (402) 472-5975 430A Oldfather Hall
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Devan Crawford

Research Support Staff (402) 472-2243 430B Oldfather Hall
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Sara Reyes

Community Coordinator (402) 472-3631 404 Oldfather Hall
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Halley Horne

Communications Coordinator 430E Oldfather Hall

At the core of the Minority Health Disparities Initiative are our University of Nebraska faculty and staff. Representing numerous departments and NU campuses, they advance scientific research to better understand and improve health outcomes of underserved populations. Their research, teaching, scholarship, and service contribute to meaningful change in our state and in communities around the world.

MHDI Leadership Council

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Virginia Chaidez

Latinx Coordinator
Associate Professor, Nutrition & Health Sciences
(402) 472-3716 104A Leverton Hall
Kathryn Holland

Kathryn Holland

Sexual & Gender Minority Health Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Psychology
(402) 472-3721 225 Burnett Hall
Tierney Lorenz

Tierney Lorenz

Stress and Mental Health Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Psychology
(402) 472-3721 C66 Stadium East
Angela Palmer-Wackerly

Angela Palmer-Wackerly

Rural Health Coordinator
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
(402) 472-2070 351 Louise Pound Hall
Jordan Soliz

Jordan Soliz

Racism and Discrimination Coordinator
Professor, Communication Studies
(402) 472-2070 359 Louise Pound Hall
Julie Tippens

Julie Tippens

Immigrant and Refugee Health Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Child, Youth & Family Studies
(402) 472-2957 239.1 Louise Pound Hall

MHDI Campus Liasons

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Athena Ramos

UNMC Faculty Liaison
Associate Professor, Center for Reducing Health Disparities
(402) 559-2095 984340 Nebraska Medical Center
Sharon Obasi

Sharon Obasi

UNK Faculty Liaison
Director and Associate Professor, Family Science Program
(308) 865-8225 248W West Center

MHDI Core Faculty

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Roberto Abadie          

Research Assistant Professor, Sociology 839 Oldfather Hall
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Arthur “Trey” Andrews          

Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies & Psychology 402-472-7008 430F Oldfather Hall
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Rebecca Brock          

Associate Professor, Psychology 402-472-7779 220 Burnett Hall
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Virginia Chaidez          

Associate Professor, Nutrition & Health Sciences 402-472-3716 104A Leverton Hall
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Lisa Crockett          

Professor, Psychology 402-472-0584 315 Burnett Hall
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Rochelle Dalla          

Professor, Child, Youth & Family Studies 402-881-0091 251.1 Louise Pound Hall
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David DiLillo          

Willa Cather Professor and Chair, Psychology 402-472-3297 216 Burnett Hall
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Katie Edwards          

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology 603-422-3207 160 Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School
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Sarah Gervais          

Susan J. Rosowski Professor, Psychology 402-472-3721 219 Burnett Hall
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Christopher Gustafson          

Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics 402-318-5712 314A Filley Hall
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Patrick Habecker          

Research Assistant Professor, Sociology 430D Oldfather Hall
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Deb Hope          

Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean, Graduate Education & Aaron Douglas Professor, Psychology 402-472-7940 101 Seaton Hall
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Michelle Hughes          

Professor, Special Education & Communication Disorders 402-472-3956 276 Barkley Memorial Center
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Alian Kasabian          

Research Assistant Professor, Sociology & Director of the Methodology and Evaluation Research Core Facility 402-472-6145 370D Whittier School
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Kim Tyler          

Willa Cather Professor, Sociology 402-472-3631 717 Oldfather Hall
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Ciera Kirkpatrick          

Assistant Professor, Advertising & Public Relations 402-472-3075 331 Andersen Hall
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Tierney Lorenz          

Assistant Professor, Psychology 402-472-3721 C66 Stadium East
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Julia McQuillan          

Willa Cather Professor, Sociology 706 Oldfather Hall
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Tim Nelson          

Professor, Psychology & Associate Director, Rural Drug Addiction Research Center 402-472-7707 319 Burnett Hall
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Angela Palmer-Wackerly          

Associate Professor, Communication Studies 402-472-2070 351 Louise Pound Hall
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Gilbert Parra          

Professor, Child, Youth & Family Studies 402-472-2957 257.1 Louise Pound Hall
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Patricia Wonch Hill          

Research Assistant Professor, Sociology 402-472-3687 234 Whittier School
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Lisa PytlikZillig          

Interim Director and Research Associate Professor, SBSRC & Research Associate Professor, Public Policy Center 402-613-6785 234A Whittier School
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Amanda Rodriguez          

Assistant Professor, Special Education & Communication Disorders 402-472-0103 118 Barkley Memorial Center
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Jordan Soliz          

Professor, Communication Studies 402-472-2070 359 Louise Pound Hall
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Roma Subramanian          

Assistant Professor, Communication, Public Relations, & Social Media, University of Nebraska Omaha 402-554-4038 107L Arts & Sciences Hall
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Julie Tippens          

Assistant Professor, Child, Youth & Family Studies 402-472-2957 239.1 Louise Pound Hall
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Lorey Wheeler          

Research Assistant Professor, CYFS & Co-Director, Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics 160D Whittier School