University of Nebraska Medical Center

Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT(ASCP)

M. Patricia & James W. Leuschen Professor
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs


Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT(ASCP)

As the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the College of Allied Health Professions, Dr. Donnelly oversees the office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. The office is responsible for marketing, recruitment, admission, enrollment, onboarding, student success and wellness, engagement, events, career services, and much more.

Dr. Donnelly is also a professor in the Master of Diagnostic Cytology Program. Prior to her current position as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, she served as the Director of the Cytology Program for 20 years.

She currently serves as the Chair of the Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee, which oversees the accreditation of all Cytology Programs in the United States. In addition, she also chairs or serves on numerous national Cytology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and College of Allied Health Professions committees.

  • PhD, Medical Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2008
  • MPH, Public Health Administration, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2004
  • BS, University of Oklahoma, 1992
  • Specialist in Cytotechnology, SCT(ASCP), January 2002-present
  • Cytotechnologist, U.S., CT(ASCP), May 1992-present
  • November 2019: Cytotechnologist Scientific Presentation Award: Eye Tracking in Cytotechnology Education: “Visualizing” students becoming experts. American Society for Cytopathology Annual Conference. Presented by: Dr. Mukherjee
  • November 2018: Best Poster in the Education Category, Pathology Visions Annual Conference. Presented by: Dr. Mukherjee
  • Excellence in Research Award – 2015 – School of Allied Health Professions, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Distance education
  • Simulation
  • Virtual microscopy
  • Student affairs