New investigator: Libby Mollard, PhD

Elizabeth Mollard, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony on Nov. 9 for UNMC’s Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist, New Investigator and Community Service to Research Award recipients.

New Investigator

The New Investigator Award is given to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity, such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

  • Name: Libby Mollard, PhD
  • Title: Assistant professor, College of Nursing-Lincoln Division
  • Joined UNMC: 2016
  • Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Please describe your research focus in three words or less: Maternal health disparities

Why is research important in the world today? Research is important to advancing our knowledge about the world and to improving our human experience. It is important that we keep using our curiosity and innovative ideas through research to make the world a better place.

My research will make a difference because: My research will make a difference because it is designed to improve health and empower individuals in their communities. Since my focus is on maternal health, I know that empowering mothers has a ripple effect that empowers their children and their communities.

The best advice I’ve ever received is: “If you don’t have a seat at the table, then you could be on the menu.”

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I enjoy constructing Lego sets.
  • I have seven children.
  • Being born and raised Nebraskan, I put Dorothy Lynch salad dressing on everything. I lived in California for a time and used to have it shipped to me.
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  1. Kaleb Michaud says:

    Congratulations, Libby!!!

  2. Peggy Moore says:

    Congratulations Dr. Mollard!

  3. John Davis says:

    Congratulations Dr Mollard. Understanding and solving maternal health disparities is a key to a better future. Good luck with your research!

  4. Mariya A Kovaleva says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Mollard!

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