Dr. Alison DeLizza
Alison DeLizza, PhD (Ali) joined BHECN’s staff in July 2022 as the Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This new position is one of several BHECN has added in 2022 after receiving additional funding from the Nebraska Legislature via LB1068. Dr. Delizza’s new position elevates BHECN’s commitment to encouraging a diverse and integrated behavioral health workforce.
Prior to joining BHECN, Dr. Delizza was a Predoctoral Intern at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s (UNMC) Munroe Meyer Institute and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at UNMC. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UNMC, in addition to her role at BHECN.
Dr. DeLizza’s goal is to continue to integrate DEI into the mission of BHECN and create a vision for how it can integrate across everything BHECN does.
When Dr. Delizza was asked about her passions, she replied, “I am passionate about gender equity, especially in the health care field where we have such a large female identifying workforce, but very little equity in their pay, promotion, and retention. I also care deeply about the LGBTQ+ population, particularly youth, and their ability to access safe and supportive spaces to grow into incredible humans.”
When Dr. Delizza isn’t working, you might find her spending time with her husband and dogs, watching football, or planning a trip, as the first thing on her bucket list is traveling.
Welcome to BHECN!
Q & A with Dr. Delizza
Q: What led you to this job?
A: I wanted to keep moving forward in my career as a DEI advocate and change-maker.
Q: What makes you good at what you do?
A: I am flexible and collaborative. I know there is a lot I don’t know, but I am eager to learn and try new things.
Q: Flashback to when you were ten years old. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: At 10, I had big plans to be the president of the US with my best friend, who would be my Vice President, then we planned to trade, so I could be her VP while she was President. We had big dreams to be the first all-woman Executive Branch!
Q: What inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
A: Young people who are passionate about changing the world. Working with them makes me hopeful for our future.
Q: Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
A: I was a musical theatre kid in high school, though lots of people know that. My other weird talent is the great ability to pick the perfect nail polish color for myself or others!
Q: Who is someone you admire, and why?
A: I admire lots of people, even people I work with. If someone is authentic and willing to live into that authenticity, I am super inspired by that.
Q: What is the last book you read/show you watched/something you can’t get enough of?
A: The last book I read that I could not get enough of was The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. It is magical and compelling, and the characters are so rich. The whole time I was thinking I wish it was a movie, but then also not because I don’t think any movie could really do it justice!
Q: What is the first thing on your bucket list?
A: Travelling to as many places as I can.
Q: How do you want people to remember you?
A: As someone who is generous- with time, attention, resources, patience… Just a person who is present and flexible and willing to accept others as they are.
Q: Do you have a personal motto or a cool quote you live by?
A: These days, I have been super inspired by this “We will either find a way or make one.”