Graduate Faculty

General Information

Program Director:

Alexander Roedlach, SVD, Ph.D.
Phone: 402.280.2567
Email: roedlach@creighton.edu

Medical Anthropology Graduate Program Faculty

Barbara DillyBarbara Dilly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Office: Creighton Hall 439
Phone: 402.280.1424
Email: bjdilly@creighton.edu

Barbara is currently working on researching the role of community gardens in providing public space to expand the discourse on nutritional, locally grown foods. She coordinates two community gardens, one in a small rural community in Iowa and the other in an urban neighborhood in Omaha. She engages students in qualitative research of urban renewal agriculture in the Omaha area and its contributions to healthier lifestyles. Click on her name to be directed to her faculty homepage with her CV.

Laura Heinemann, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Program Co-Director
Assistant Professor
Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Office: Creighton Hall 437A
Phone: 402.280.2302
Email:  lhe82665@creighton.edu 

Laura's work bridges clinical settings and private home spaces in the  Midwest; her focus is on informal caregiving.  She currently is preparing a book manuscript with the working title, Transplanting Kinship, Transforming Care: Daily Life on the Transplant Journey, which examines everyday life and kin relationships among organ transplant patients and caregivers throughout the transplant process.  She also collaborates with Creighton colleagues and students, along with local Omaha community partners, on interdisciplinary research. This team is using qualitative methods to identify health-related concerns among Omaha community members who have experienced forced displacement. Click on her name to be directed to her faculty homepage with her CV.

Rebecca MurrayRebecca Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Office:Creighton Hall 439A
Phone: 402.280.3062
Email: rkm32834@creighton.edu

Rebecca recently published her book "Using Statistics in Criminal Justice." She is part on an evaluation team for a federal Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant with the Omaha Mayor's Office assessing recidivism and community effects of high risk probationers returning to high risk areas. She co-facilitates the Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy. Click on her name to be directed to her faculty homepage with her CV.

Alexander Roedlach, SVD, Ph.D.
Program Co-Director
Associate Professor
Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Office: Creighton Hall 441a
Phone: 402.709.5895
Email: roedlach@creighton.edu
Homepage: http://roedlach.org

Alex studied explanatory models of HIV/AIDS in southern Zimbabwe, which was published in a book titled Witches, Westerners, and HIV: AIDS and Cultures of Blame in Africa. More recently, he explored how cultural understandings of HIV, AIDS and TB influence access to and acceptance of treatment programs in southern Africa. He is currently involved in a long-term full-time study on the impact of Faith Community Nursing programs in Omaha on the health of individuals and groups who participate in these programs. The goal of this study is to better understand the impact of such programs in light of efforts to connect communities with health care and to provide preventative health care and health education within communities.Click on his name to be directed to his faculty homepage with his CV.

Renzo M. Rosales, S.J., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Office: Creighton Hall 439A
Phone: 402.280.3587
Email: M.RenzoRosales@creighton.edu

Click on his name to be directed to his faculty homepage with his CV.

Pamela Runestad, Ph.D.
Resident Assistant Professor
Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Office: Creighton Hall 437
Phone: 402.280.2837
Email: PamelaRunestad@creighton.edu

Pamela Runestad was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and has long been interested in "how things work." She began to combine interests in biology, social studies, and culture while teaching in Nagano, Japan from 2000 to 2006. Pamela moved to Honolulu to study medical anthropology in 2006. She returned to Japan for her doctoral research on HIV/AIDS, supported by Fulbright-Hays and the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, from 2009 to 2013. She is particularly interested in medical narratives, and bio-cultural aspects of infectious disease, chronic conditions, and nutrition. Prior to coming to Creighton, Pamela worked at Elon University in North Carolina, where she taught classes in Anthropology, Asian Studies, and Public Health. In her free time, Pamela enjoys reading Haruki Murakami novels, camping, cooking, watching movies about food, and spending time with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. Click on her name to be directed to her faculty homepage with her CV.

Diane Travers GustafsonDianne Travers Gustafson, Ph.D., R.N.
Adjunct Professor
Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Office: Creighton Hall 437
Phone: 402.280.2837
Email: dtravers@creighton.edu

Click on her name to be directed to her faculty homepage with her CV.

Faculty Associates

Helen Stanton Chapple, Ph.D., B.S.N
Assistant Professor
Center for Health Policy and Ethics

Phone: 402.280.2027
Email: HelenChapple@creighton.edu

Helen's bedside nursing experience includes home hospice, research, and critical care. She teaches ethics both online and on the ground to nursing seniors and to graduate students in the Masters in Health Care Ethics program. In 2010 her research on how dying happens in the hospital was published in a book called No Place for Dying: Hospitals and the Ideology of Rescue. Her research interests include dying persons as an underserved population, the social implications of rescue and transplantation, and hospital culture. She is working with a statewide group called It's All About the Conversation to improve end of life care for persons in Nebraska. Click on her name to be directed to her faculty homepage with her biography.

 

LaShaune JohnsonLaShaune Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Master's Program in Public Health

Office: Hixon-Lied 202
Phone: 402.280.2042
Email: LaShauneJohnson@creighton.edu

LaShaune's background is in sociology, human development and feminist studies. She encourages students to take social determinants of health and life course approaches to understanding the widespread and long-term impacts of social, economic, political and cultural changes. As a researcher, she is currently interested in three areas: the clinical use of social science methods such a Photovoice to help facilitate behavior change; the nuanced application of theories of the sociology of diagnosis to immigrant/refugee chronic disease patients; and the increasing medicalization of cancer risk and the creation of the divisive "previvor" identity. Click on her name to be directed to the public health program's faculty homepage with some information about her.

Laeth Nasir Laeth Nasir, M.D.
Professor
Department of Family Medicine

Office: Department of Family Medicine
Phone: 402.280.5288
Email: lnasir@creighton.edu

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John Stone, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Center for Health Policy and Ethics

Office: CHPE 209
Phone: 402.280.2207
Email: johnstone@creighton.edu

John is a physician and philosopher/bioethicist. At Creighton University he is a professor at the School of Medicine; graduate faculty in the Master of Science Degree Program in Health Care Ethics of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics; associate faculty in the Masters of Arts Program in Medical Anthropology; and co-founder and co-executive director of the Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality - a community-academic partnership. His focus is on social justice and population group inequities in health and healthcare. Work includes teaching, scholarship/writing, and programs. His teaching in the graduate program in Health Care Ethics has included courses in Research Ethics, Health Policy and Ethics, Philosophical Bioethics, Practicum, and Public Health Ethics. Click on his name to be directed to his faculty homepage with his biography.