Judith Mathews, PhD

Judy Mathews, PhD
Psychology Department
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-6408
E-mail: jrmathew@unmc.edu

Professional Summary:

Dr. Judith Mathews was recruited to the Psychology faculty at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in 1994 from a teaching position at the University of West Virginia. Dr. Mathews has held positions at WVU and at Children’s Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at MMI and is also a Doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In addition to her doctorate in Psychology, Dr. Mathews recently earned a second master’s degree in Public Health in 2010. Her current interests are in behavioral pediatric applications and in community-based participatory research. She has been awarded several grants to complete studies in this area, most noticeably in working with Girls, Inc. teenage members who participated in a project designed to reduce lead paint exposure in inner city dwellings. Due to her efforts in this area, Dr. Mathews has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to continue her community participatory work in Kenya where she is on sabbatical leave during 2011.


MPH, University of Nebraska Medical Center / University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 2010
PhD, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS, 1988
MA, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS, 1986
MSc, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1981
BS, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1971

Courses Taught:

Behavior Therapy. Technical training courses for child care workers through Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, Nova Scotia Department of Social Services and Nova Scotia Regional Residential Services
Child Psychopathology. Graduate course taught at University of Nebraska-Omaha
Introduction to Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Graduate course taught at University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests and Projects:

  • Adolescents with Diabetes as Respite Providers: A Needs Assessment and Pilot Study
  • Demonstration DVD’s/Videos of Basic Parenting Skills for Parents, Students and Community Professionals
  • Early Childhood Autism Grant
  • Girls I.M.P.A.C.T.: Community-Based Participatory Research project with 13-15 year old girls at Girls Inc. First project, completed in June 2007 developed a lead-poisoning prevention program. Second project completed in June 2008 developed a child abuse prevention program. Project will be conducted in the fall of 2010 at Girls Inc., then in the spring of 2011 at Girls Inc. and in Nairobi Kenya.
  • Girls Take Charge: Community-Based Participatory Research Project on Child Abuse
  • Girls Take Charge: Community-Based Participatory Research Project on Lead-Poisoning
  • Interdisciplinary preparation of psychologists in family-centered services to young children with developmental disabilities
  • Model to Establish a Continuum of Care for Children with Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties
  • Rural Childhood Injury

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Red Cross Behavioral Health Section
  • Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Team A
  • Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Medical Reserve Corps, Behavioral Health Section
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Nebraska Psychological Association


  • 2010-2011 Recipient of Fulbright Scholarship to Replicate “Girls Take Charge” Study in Kenya, Africa