University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2010-present Instructor, Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral, Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha NE
  • 2005-2014 Marketing Director, Center for Preparedness Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center/Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha NE
  • 1999-2004 Adjunct Faculty, Bellevue University College of Professional Studies, Bellevue NE


  • PhD University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha NE 2014
  • MBA  Bellevue University, Bellevue NE 1999
  • BS    Bellevue University, Bellevue NE 1997

Research Interests

My research interests include using marketing principles (Social Marketing) to influence health behavior at the individual and population levels as well as influencing public health policy. My research includes a focus on engaging members of an impacted population throughout the process of conducting formative research and program planning. Other areas of research interests include health communication, health literacy and risk communication. My research covers a broad area from breastfeeding among low-income women to farm injury prevention efforts with an emphasis on the processes used to initiate and sustain health behavior change.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Social Marketing Association
  • Live Well Omaha Kids
  • Health Literacy Nebraska
  • American Public Health Association
  • Public Health Association of Nebraska

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Lea Pounds, College of Public Health at UNMC

984395 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4320
Phone: 402-552-3112