Joe Evans, Ph.D., receives IDEA Award

by Melissa Lee, University of Nebraska | April 04, 2018

Image with caption: Joe Evans, Ph.D.

Joe Evans, Ph.D.

UNMC's Joe Evans, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, is a recipient of the University of Nebraska's Innovation, Development and Engagement Award (IDEA) for 2018.

About the award

The university-wide President's Faculty Excellence Awards recognize faculty whose work has had a significant impact on students, the university and the state.

The IDEA Award recognizes faculty members who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community.

Winners -- who are selected by a university-wide committee of faculty members and, in the case of the engagement award, community members -- receive $10,000 each, a presidential medallion and an engraved plaque. Awards will be presented at a luncheon hosted by Dr. Bounds this spring.

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds, Ph.D., Tuesday announced the 2018 winners of the university's most prestigious awards for teaching, research and engagement.

"The University of Nebraska is one of the most important drivers of our state's economic competitiveness and quality of life. Our faculty, who are among the nation's leaders in what they do, deserve a great deal of the credit," Dr. Bounds said. "These faculty carry out our missions of teaching, research and service on a daily basis. I'm honored to serve among such dedicated and talented colleagues and to lift up their work to the university community and all Nebraskans."

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., praised Dr. Evans for his work in expanding behavioral health care throughout the state of Nebraska.

"Part of UNMC's mission is improving the health of the people of Nebraska," Dr. Gold said. "In the face of a nationwide shortage of behavioral health professionals, Dr. Evans has developed innovative and effective methods to try to address behavioral health provider shortages in many areas of our state. He has indeed enriched the broader community with his efforts."

A program innovator, Dr. Evans developed the pediatric integrated behavioral health in primary care model at UNMC that has been extended to 42 integrated care programs in Nebraska and numerous other states. Children, adolescents and families from more than 225 cities, towns and villages have been provided behavioral health services thanks to the program Dr. Evans developed.

Dr. Evans was also instrumental in establishing the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute doctoral program in applied behavior analysis, and the MMI Autism Care for Toddlers program. He has been the recipient of more than $19 million in federal and state grants and contracts.

Dr. Evans is committed to improving access to behavioral health for underserved rural and inner-city residents and has been widely recognized for his work in improving the quantity and quality of the behavioral health workforce.

"Dr. Evans' impact on MMI has been enormous," said MMI Director Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D. "But his impact on the people we serve has been even greater. His work both at MMI and BHECN has widened UNMC's positive impact on behavioral health care needs across the entire state, and the approaches he created serve as a national model of delivering behavioral health care for rural communities."


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Roberta Sieck
April 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Congratulations Joe !! An awesome career ~ job well done!!

Holly Roberts
April 11, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Congratulations, Joe! Well deserved. I’m so proud to call you my mentor and good friend.

Diane Moran
April 07, 2018 at 5:28 PM

Absolutely well deserved. Congratulations Joe!

Shirley Evans
April 07, 2018 at 2:11 PM

My Wonderful husband!

Betty Evans Anderson
April 07, 2018 at 7:32 AM

So proud of all the wonderful work my brother has accomplished! Your family congratulates you and says, "job well done!" Betty Anderson and family

Martin Evans
April 06, 2018 at 9:17 PM

So very proud of my big brother...congrats Joe...

Bill Rizzo
April 04, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Congratulations, Joe, on the well deserved recognition.

Keith D. Swarts
April 04, 2018 at 11:35 AM

Joe, congrats. You are most deserving of this award as well as being a very inspiring and collaborative individual who values people. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you over the years. You are one of those folks who ......"You Say ...You Do". Keith Swarts

Wayne R. Houston
April 04, 2018 at 9:43 AM

Strong work Joe congratulations and well deserved. Wayne R. Houston

Kim Bainbridge
April 04, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Congratulation Joe - an honor well deserved. Thank you for supporting all of the rural areas.

Wayne Stuberg
April 04, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Well deserved and well done Joe. You have been a wonderful innovator!

Tom O'Connor
April 04, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Kudos to Joe on this awesome award! Love to see one of our true nice people receive an award like this. Way to go, Joe!

Mary Brown
April 04, 2018 at 7:35 AM

Well deserved!! Congratulations!!!

Michelle Hess
April 04, 2018 at 6:47 AM

Congratulations Dr. Evans! A great leader in your field and a nice guy!

Harold M Maurer
April 04, 2018 at 4:43 AM

Congratulations, Joe, on outstanding and innovative programs, and on your award. Hal Maurer