Global Consortium for International Family Studies

Faculty Of University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Prof. Richard Bischoff
PhD, Chair, Department of Child,
Youth and Family Studies,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, U.S.A.


Prof Bischoff is the Gwendolyn A. Newkirk Professor of Leadership in Child, Youth and Family Studies and Department Chair of the Child, Youth and Family Studies at UNL. He is the current Chairperson of the GCIFS.

He has a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy (1993) from the Purdue University, U.S.A. He has an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Auburn University, U.S.A and a B.A. in Family Relations from Weber State College, U.S.A.

Prof Bischoff has been with the University of Nebraska since 1998. Prior to that, he has taught at the University of San Diego, California and worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist in a primary medical clinic. Through this experience, he has developed an interest and expertise in collaborative health care and Medical Family Therapy. At Nebraska, he has built ways to increase access to mental health care among rural residents through innovative use of videoconferencing to deliver treatment. Dr Bischoff is a recipient of many honors and awards. Some of the recent ones are:

2015. Board of Human Sciences (BoHS) Emerging Administrator Award.
2009.Nebraska Marriage and Family Therapist of the Year award.
2006. Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence.
2005. College of Education and Human Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award.

Currently, Prof Bischoff is an Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the Journal of Couples and Relationship Therapy. He is also on the Board of Mental Health Practice for the State of Nebraska, Member and has been on the Board of Directors, Member at-large of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

His research interests concern the study of factors influencing the delivery of mental health services in primary care medicine clinics, access to mental health care by traditionally underserved populations (especially rural), and factors contributing to strong marriages and families.

Cody Hollist
Associate Professor,
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, U.S.A.


Dr Cody Hollist is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and a Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA. Dr Cody Hollist has received his Ph. D in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Brigham Young University (2004) and has an M.S in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA.

Dr Hollist has received many awards and honors. The recent ones are:
2012, Emerging Scholar Research/Creative Award, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
2009, McNair Faculty Appreciation Award, McNair Scholars Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2008, Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Research, UCARE and the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

His research interests are in the field of Latino mental health and Latino family resilience and focuses on Latino s use of mental health services and show family resilience.

Dr Hollist is currently involved in a longitudinal project in Brazil that looks at family resilience.adolescent

Yan Ruth Xia
Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, U.S.A.

Biography: Dr Yan Ruth Xia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies in the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Dr Yan Ruth Xia has completed her Ph. D in Family and Consumer Science, Family Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000. She has an M.S in Marriage and Family Therapy from the university of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.A. in English from South China Normal University, Guangzhou, P.R. China, and a B.A. (English) from Hebei University, Baoding, P.R. China.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln she teaches Family Intervention and Fieldwork, Human Development and the Family; Child and Family Policy; Immigrant Families and Program Design and Evaluation in Human Services.

Dr. Xia is a recipient of several awards and honors. The recent awards are:
2013- Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
2012- College Distinguished Teaching Award,
2011-2012, Search Institute Family Assets Research Advisory Board Member.

At present, Dr Xia is an Editorial Board member of Family Science Review, Marriage and Family Review and a reviewer for the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues and Reviewer for Psychological Bulletin.

Her research interests include behavioral and mental health of immigrant youth, parent-adolescent communication and relationship, strengths and stress among Asian immigrant families, adolescent substance abuse, program evaluation, and Chinese adolescent social competence.

Dr. Yan Ruth Xia is also involved in several outreach programmes. These are: Community-based anti-drug and anti-alcohol prevention, serving on the Asian Community and Culture Center Board to promote culturally sensitive service delivery, and engagement in public speech to reduce the barriers of seeking mental and behavioral services among Asian population.

Assistant Professor | Child, Youth & Family Studies ,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Mabel Lee Hall 248
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Dr. Julie Tippens is a community-engaged researcher specializing in forced migration, refugees, global health, and East Africa. She has spent more than 15 years working as a practitioner and researcher with refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S., Southeast Asia (Thailand), and East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania). Her continuing ethnographic work focuses on refugee's social support in Kenya, both in Nairobi's urban informal settlements and in Kakuma refugee camp. She has an institutional affiliation with the Moi University Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Kenya.

Her research centers on the following broad themes: (1) intergenerational social support among forcibly displaced persons, (2) community-based approaches to enhancing psychosocial wellbeing and increasing resilience among displaced persons and groups, (3) the role(s) of community health workers (CHWs) in addressing refugee's maternal mental and physical health, and (4) building community capacity and health outreach infrastructure to address refugee's health in low- and middle-income countries. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to beginning at UNL, she has completed doctoral training in global maternal and child health and medical anthropology at the University of Arizona, working with Professors Nicolette Teufel-Shone and Burris Duncan in the College of Public Health and Professors Mark Nichter and Ivy Pike in the School of Anthropology. She teaches undergraduate courses in refugee health and wellbeing, master's-level classes in family migration and humanitarian NGOs, and a doctoral seminar in international research methods.

She is interested in working with graduate students whose work centers on the following areas: ethnographic and qualitative inquiry, forced migration/refugees, global health, or sub-Saharan Africa.

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