About Us

Who We Are

At the core of the MSHRC lies a focus on applied research in sexual health. To this end, the collaborative has strong roots in the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and other similar participatory and emancipatory research philosophies. Through our research, we endeavor to create a more sexually literate world in which sexual health and well-being is experienced by all.

MSHRC is housed in the Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With strong collaborations with University of Nebraska at Omaha faculty already in place, the collaborative is open to faculty participation across the University of Nebraska system as well as other Universities and Colleges in the Midlands region.

The faculty and students of the MSHRC are diverse and growing in numbers. If you are interested in joining the collaborative, please contact the director. Faculty span the gamut of health behavior, human sexuality studies, sociology, medical anthropology, health education, adolescent and family development, systems research, political science and epidemiology.

People

Core Faculty 

Christopher Fisher, PhD
Christopher M. Fisher, PhD
Director
Jason D. Coleman, Ph.D, MSPH
Jason D. Coleman, PhD, MSPH
Associate Director
Jay A. Irwin, PhD
Jay A. Irwin, PhD

Associate Director
Sofia Jawed-Wessel, PhD
Sofia Jawed-Wessel, PhD
Assistant Director
Lisa J. Crockett, PhD
Lisa J Crockett, PhD
Brian Wilcox, PhD
Brian Wilcox, PhD 

 

Affiliated Faculty

Jane Meza, PhD
Jane Meza, PhD
Chair Department of Biostatistics, UNMC
Melissa Tibbits, PhD
Melissa Tibbits, PhD
Health Promotion, Social,and Behavioral Health, UNMC
Terry T-K Huang, PhD, MPH
Terry T-K Huang, PhD, MPH

Health Promotion, Social,and Behavioral Health, UNMC
Sergio Costa, PhD
Sergio Costa, PhD
Director of Distance Learning, UNMC
Ashish Joshi, PhD, MD, MPH
Ashish Joshi MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Ruth Margalit, MD
Ruth Margalit, MD
Associate Professor & Director of Service Learning Academy
Renaisa S. Anthony, MD, MPH
Renaisa S. Anthony, MD, MPH
Deputy Director of CRHD
Shireen S. Rajaram, PhD
Shireen Rajaram, PhD
Associate Professor
Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health, UNMC
KM Monirul Islam, MD, PhD
KM Monirul Islam, MD, PhD
Epidemiology, UNMC

 

Research Coordinators

Molly McCarthy
Molly McCarthy (UNMC, MPH)
Aja Kneip Pelster, MPH 
Aja Kneip Pelster, MPH (UNMC, PhD Health
Promotion and Disease Prevention Research)

 

Student Researchers 

  • Jessica Chavez (UNMC, MPH)
  • Whitney Clausen (UNMC, MPH)
  • Vincent Marasco (UNO, MA Community Counseling)
  • Dylan Zaner (UNO, BA Public Health)
  • Justin Holes (UNO, BA Public Health)
  • Kayla Baumberger (UNO, MS Health Education)

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contact mshrc
Christopher M. Fisher, PhD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health
E-mail: cfisherm@unmc.edu
Office: (402) 559-3835
Fax: (402) 559-3773

Jason D. Coleman, PhD, MSPH
University of Nebraska at Omaha
E-mail: jdcoleman@unomaha.edu
Office: (402) 554-3236
Fax: (402) 554-3693

Jay A. Irwin, PhD
University of Nebraska at Omaha
E-mail: jirwin@unomaha.edu
Phone: (402) 554-2976

Sofia Jawed-Wessel, PhD
University of Nebraska at Omaha
E-mail: sjawedwessel@unomaha.edu
Phone: (402) 554-3433

 

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