Richard Bischoff

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Richard Bischoff

Gwendolyn A. Newkirk Professor of Leadership in Child, Youth and Family Studies and Department Chair

1993, Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
1990, M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Auburn University
1988, B.A., Family Relations, Weber State College

I am particularly interested in increasing access to high quality mental health care, especially among vulnerable and underserved populations. I am currently involved in projects that designed to do that by marshalling local resources to better meet the mental health care needs of communities and delivering high quality mental health care services through videoconferencing. 

I have been a faculty member at University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1998. I moved to Nebraska from San Diego, California where I was teaching at the University of San Diego and working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in a primary care medical clinic. It was there that I developed an interest and expertise in collaborative healthcare and Medical Family Therapy. At Nebraska, I have been able to apply collaborative care principles to work in rural medical settings and I’ve been able to do this through the innovative use of videoconferencing as a primary treatment delivery medium. This work has increased access to mental health care for underserved rural residents. 

This blending of interests and the innovative use of technology has been exciting for me as I see the impact that this work has on rural communities and on students. People who would not have had access to mental health care, now have access to culturally sensitive, state-of-the-art treatment. We appear to be having a positive impact on community members’ perceptions of mental health problems and mental healthcare, in that the negative attributions associated with these appear to be decreasing. My students are having rich experiential learning opportunities working with rural patients and care providers, thereby increasing their appreciation of the care culture in rural communities. They are also having one-of-a-kind opportunities to be trained in the use of videoconferencing and other technologies in delivering mental health care to underserved populations. 

Dr. Bischoff currently supervises student research in the following program areas:

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Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
UNOPA Boss of the Year. 2015BoHS Emerging Administrator Award. 2015Nebraska Marriage and Family Therapist of the Year award. 2009Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence. 2006College of Education and Human Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award. 2005
Experience
2011 to present, Board of Mental Health Practice for the State of Nebraska, Member.2008-2010, Board of Directors, Member at-large, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.2001 to present, Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.2000 to present, Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Couples and Relationship Therapy.1996 to present, Site Visitor, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.1995-1998, Behavioral Science Faculty Member, Sharp Healthcare, Metro Family Practice Residency program.1993-1998, Assistant Professor, Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling program, University of San Diego, San Diego, California.
Memberships
Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family TherapyApproved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family TherapyCollaborative Family Healthcare AssociationSite Visitor, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy EducationEditorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Marital and Family TherapyEditorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Couples and Relationship Therapy