Dr. Neale Chumbler was named Dean of the College of Health and Public Service (HPS) at the University of North Texas on January 18, 2018. As an internationally recognized scholar and visionary and transformational leader in higher education, Dr. Chumbler brings nearly three decades of experience in academia as a dean, department chair, graduate program coordinator, research center director and professor to UNT. He is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services. As Dean, he is committed to advancing HPS’ national and international profile while strengthening excellence in research and teaching and ensuring the success of the college’s students.
Prior to arriving at UNT, Dr. Chumbler was dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University, the institution’s largest academic college with over 4,800 students, from 2015 to 2018. While at Western Kentucky University, he was committed to strategic planning, thereby developing and implementing an effective strategic plan that guided innovative initiatives and changes. Dr. Chumbler was dedicated to enhancing both the Colleges’ research and external relations profile. He built a robust, extramurally funded research environment (the amount of research expenditures increased by 190%) and record levels of fundraising (the amount of new gift commitments increased by 73% and amount of new gift receipts increased by 30%.). He further added 11 new academic and certificate programs.
Prior to his time at Western Kentucky University, Dr. Chumbler served as the Department Head, graduate program coordinator, and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. He led the department in double digit increases in both research expenditures and credit hours taught and co-developed two interdisciplinary new academic programs with two different academic colleges.
He also served various administrative positions including Department Chair, research center director and postdoctoral research fellowship director at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) from 2008 to 2012.
He is a recognized expert in the field of health services research. His research centers on the implementation and evaluation of applying health information technology (information technology applied to health care) and telehealth (remote delivery of health services) technologies to improve access to and quality of care and rehabilitation outcomes for community dwelling older individuals with central nervous system damage. He has received over $30 million in extramural funding. This research has been funded by more than 50 sources, such as National Science Foundation, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health. His research has led to more than 130 articles in a wide range of peer reviewed scientific journals and book chapters in highly respected publishers.
Dr. Chumbler completed his doctoral studies in sociology at Case Western Reserve University in 1994 and then completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in health services research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the US Department of Veterans Affairs in 1996.
Selected Publications in the past 3 years:
Citation Report (Google Scholar): h-index: 32; i10-index:61; sum of times cited: 3439.* indicates senior author and/or corresponding author.
Mkanta W, Reece M, Alamri A, Ezekekwu E., Potluri A., Chumbler NR*. Accepted for Publication. A Three-State Analysis of Black-White Disparities in Diabetes Hospitalizations among Medicaid Beneficiaries. Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology.
Weiler, DT, Satterly, T., Rehman, SU, Nussbaum, MA, Chumbler, NR.,Fischer, GM, & Saleem, J. 2018. Ambulatory clinic exam room design with respect to computing devices: A laboratory simulation study. IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors. Published online: 08 June 2018. DOI: 10.1080/24725838.2018.1456988
Iverson M., Huff A. Chumbler NR*. 2018. From HIV test to virally suppressed: Variation in the forms and sources of social support for care-seeking across the HIV care continuum in the rural Southeastern United States. The Journal of Rural Health 34(1): 71-79.
Mkanta WN, Chumbler NR*, Yang K, Saigal R, Abdollah M. 2017. An examination of the likelihood of home discharge after general hospitalizations among Medicaid recipients. Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing. 54:1-6. doi: /10.1177/0046958017711783.
Cheery CO, Chumbler NR, Richards K, Wu D, Huff A, Tilghman L, Butler A. 2017. Expanding stroke telerehabilitation services to rural veterans: A qualitative study on patient experiences using the robotic stroke therapy delivery and monitoring system program. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 12(1):21-27.
Schwamm L, Chumbler NR, Brown E, Fonarow G, Berube D, Nystrom K, Suter R, Zavala M, Polsky D, Radhakrishnana K, Lacktman N, Horton K, Malcarney M, Halamka J, Tiner A. 2017. Recommendations for the Implementation of Telehealth in Cardiovascular and Stroke Care. Circulation 135(7):e24-e44.
Bravata DM, Ferguson J, Miech EJ, Agarwal R, McCalin V, Austin C, Struve F, Foresman B, Li X Wang Z, Williams LS, Dallas MI, Couch CD, Sico J, Fragoso C, Matthias MS, Chumbler NR, Myers J, Burrus N, Dube A, French DD, Schmid AA, Concato J, & Yaggi HK. 2017. Diagnosing and managing sleep apnea in patients with chronic cerebrovascular disease: a randomized trial of a home-based strategy”. Sleep and Breathing, 21, 713-725
Bowling CB, Plantinga L, Phillips LS, McClellan, Echt K, Chumbler NR, McGwin G, Vandenberg A, Allman RM, Johnson TM. 2017. The effect of discordant and unrelated chronic conditions on the association of multimorbidity with mortality and healthcare utilization in chronic kidney disease: A retrospective cohort. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65, 704-711.
Mkanta WN, Chumbler NR, Yang K, Saigal R, Abdollah M. 2016. Cost and predictors of hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions among Medicaid enrollees in comprehensive managed care plans. Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology. Sep 25; 3: 2333392816670301.
Chumbler NR, Otani K, Desai S, Hermann PA, Kurz RS. 2016. Hospitalized older adults’ patient satisfaction: Inpatient care experiences. Sage Open April-June 2016 1-7 DOI: 10.1177/2158244016645639
Chumbler, N. R., Ganashen, S., O'Brien Cherry, C., Garrett-Wright, D., & Bute, J. 2016. "Rewriting life narratives: Positive coping mechanisms in adolescent mothers." Pp. 199-224 In Research in the Sociology of Health Care: Issues in Health and Health Care for Special Groups, Social Factors, and Disparities, edited by JJ Kronenfeld. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Press.
Otani K, Chumbler NR, Hermann PA, Kurz RS. 2015. Impact of Pain on Patient Satisfaction Integration Process: How Patients with Pain Combine Their Healthcare Attribute Reactions. Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology. 1-7 DOI: 10:1177/2333392875615103.
Arling G, Ofner S, Reeves M, Myers L, Williams L, Daggy J, Phipps M, Chumbler N, Bravata D. 2015. Care trajectories of veterans in the twelve months following hospitalization for acute ischemic stroke. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 8(Suppl 3): S131-40.
Chumbler NR, Desai SP, Ingels JB, Dobbin KK. 2015. “Race and socioeconomic status: Public perceptions toward quality and access to care in the Affordable Care Act. Pp. 209-228 in Research in the Sociology of Health Care: Education, Social Factors and Health Beliefs in Health and Health Care Services (Vol. 33). Edited by JJ. Kronenfeld. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Press.
Huff A, Chumbler NR, Cheery, CO, Hill M, Veguilla V. 2015. An in-depth mixed-methods approach to Ryan White HIV/AIDS care program comprehensive needs assessment from the Northeast Georgia Public Health District: the significance of patient privacy, psychological health, and social stigma to care. Evaluation and Program Planning 49:137-148.
Chumbler NR, Li X, Quigley P, Morey M, Rose D, Griffiths P, Sanford J, Hoenig H. 2015. A randomized controlled trial on stroke telerehabilitation: The effects on falls self-efficacy and satisfaction with care. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 21(3):139-43.
Otani, K, Shen Y, Chumbler NR, Judy Z, Herrmann PA, Kurz RS. 2015 Impact of self-rated health status on patient satisfaction integration process. Journal of Healthcare Management 60(3):205-219.
Outcalt SD, Kroenke K, Krebs EE, Chumbler NR, Wu J, Yu Z, Bair MJ. 2015. Relative effects of posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression on pain, quality of life and disability among Veterans with Chronic Pain. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 38(3):535-43.
Daggett VS, Woodward-Hagg H, Damush T, Plue L, Russell, Allen G, Williams LS, Chumbler NR, Bravata DM. 2015. A healthcare systems redesign project to improve dysphagia screening. Journal of Nursing Care Quality 30(3):226-32.
Jia H, Phipps MS, Bravata DM, Castro J, Li X, Ordin DL, Myers J, Vogel WB, Williams LS, Chumbler NR*.2015. Inpatient Stroke Care Quality for Veterans: Are there differences between VA medical centers in the stroke belt and other areas? International Journal of Stroke 10:67-72.
O’Brien Cherry, C, Tilghman LM, Richards K, Wu D, Butler A, Chumbler NR, Huff A. 2015. Expanding collaborative technologies in rural veteran health care using tele-robotic stroke therapy delivery and monitoring systems. In the Proceedings of the IEEE Int Conf Collaboraiton Technology & Systems; 477-78.