Comprehensive Health & Well-Being

The College of Education and Human Sciences envisions that every person has access to research based, culturally relevant, leading edge health and wellness resources, expertise and services that are well integrated into the community, highly acceptable and used.


iantao Guo (left), professor of chemistry, and Janos Zempleni, Willa Cather Professor of molecular nutrition, pose for a photo in the research lab. Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication and Marketing.

19 Feb 2024    By Tiffany Lee, Research and Economic Development

Husker team wins prize in contest to treat disease through gene editing

Janos Zempleni, Willa Cather Professor of molecular nutrition, and Jiantao Guo, professor of chemistry, were selected as Phase 1 winners in the NIH’s Targeted Genome Editor Delivery Challenge. The challenge is a three-phase competition with prizes totaling $6 million; the University of Nebraska–Lincoln team was among 30 initial recipients announced in December 2023.

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Rhonda Heiserman of Lincoln reads out loud during her clinic session. An instrument measures the decibels of her speech. (Craig Chandler/University Communication and Marketing)

14 Feb 2024    By Kristina Jackson, University Communication and Marketing

Barkley Center project helps Parkinson’s patients be heard

The SPEAK OUT! treatment, offered at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Barkley Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, helps people with Parkinson’s disease improve and maintain vocal volume and clear articulation. Jessie Kohn, a lecturer in special education and communication disorders and coordinator of the therapy program, said it helps people stay connected to the world around them.

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Elsa Wilcox and other Husker students assist children in Thailand with communicating using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

02 Feb 2024    By Elsa Wilcox, junior, communication sciences and disorders

Two weeks in Thailand: Reflections on sharing speech-language pathology abroad

Elsa Wilcox is a junior from McCook, Nebraska. She is majoring in communication sciences and disorders with minors in gerontology and educational studies. In this blog she shares about her experience traveling to Thailand in January as part of the two-week faculty-led Nebraska abroad program, "Experiencing Speech-Language Pathology with Therapy Abroad."

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Hailey Klein, a graduate student in speech-language pathology, works with a young child during a session of the Itty Bitty Sports program

16 Jan 2024    

From the clinic to the court, Klein applies speech pathology work

As an Itty Bitty Sports coach, Hailey Klein’s campus job allows her to apply speech-language pathology techniques on the court in tandem with her clinical work through the College of Education and Human Sciences’ graduate program.

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Elsa Wilcox wears black medical scrubs and stands in front of a large building - the Hattie B. Munroe Center for Recreational Therapy.

16 Nov 2023    By UNL Career Services

Wilcox completes rare internship within UNMC’s Munroe Meyer Institute

Elsa Wilcox’s internship at University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe Meyer Institute strengthened her passion for speech pathology. She worked with a diverse team, enhancing her skills, and her experience, normally reserved for graduate students, set her apart.

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Saima Hasni sits on a blue chair in Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall

31 Oct 2023    By Chuck Green, CYFS

Study finds variety, cost effectiveness can become barriers to children’s vegetable consumption

Researchers recently completed a project to better understand family child care home providers’ preparation and serving of vegetables, and their influence on children’s vegetable consumption.

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Michelle Hughes smiles as she works with a patient.

19 Oct 2023    By Kelcey Buck

Michelle Hughes aims to improve health disparities in underserved populations with Grand Challenges project

With a new Grand Challenges planning grant, Michelle Hughes is expanding her research efforts to try to determine the biggest barriers and potential solutions to improving overall health in underserved populations.

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Four people stand closely and smile for a photo in an outdoor setting.

17 Oct 2023    By Chuck Green, CYFS

Global toolkit promotes inclusive health care for marginalized refugees

Nebraska researchers are participating in a collaborative, international project designed to help enhance mental health care among older refugees and refugees with disabilities.

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Ciara Ousley stands in front of a blue wall with colorful blocks that spell out SCADD LAB.

12 Oct 2023    By Chuck Green, CYFS

Research explores technology to support speech among children with autism

Nebraska researcher Ciara Ousley is exploring ways to enable and enhance communication for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

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Katelyn Coburn sits in a bright hallway in Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall.

03 Oct 2023    

Project explores strengthening connections among religious leaders, nonbinary people

A recently funded Nebraska research project aims to enhance Christian religious leaders’ affirmation of nonbinary people to combat bias and discrimination.

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