Creighton University Graduate School
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Medical Anthropology Graduate Program Faculty

Barbara Dilly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

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.

 


Mary J. Hallin, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Office:  Creighton Hall 437
Phone: 402-280-2837
Email: MaryHallin@creighton.edu

Mary obtained her doctorate in Geography, with a Specialization in Anthropology:Indigenous Peoples, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.   Her research focuses on collaboration between traditional and biomedical practitioners in Cameroon and Sub-Saharan Africa and ways to improve health care delivery in Africa and among refugees in the U.S. She currently is examining the roles that traditional doctors and local leaders can play to help contain the Ebola epidemic in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation explored collaboration between traditional and biomedical practitioners in the Bui Division, Cameroon where she had previously lived and worked for a total of five years.

Laura Heinemann, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Program Director
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

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.

 

Rebecca Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Office:Creighton Hall 439A
Phone: 402-280-3062
Email: rkm32834@creighton.edu

Alexander Roedlach, SVD, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

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.

Renzo M. Rosales, S.J., Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Office: Creighton Hall 439A
Phone: 402-280-3587
Email: M.RenzoRosales@creighton.edu

Dianne Travers Gustafson, Ph.D., R.N.
Adjunct Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

 

Office: Creighton Hall 437
Phone: 402-280-2837
Email: dtravers@creighton.edu

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.

 

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.

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

Office: Department of Family Medicine
Phone: 402-280-5288
Email: lnasir@creighton.edu

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.