Neale Chumbler Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Health and Public Service

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.

As a faculty member, Chumbler exemplifies the teacher-scholar model. He has developed 13 different undergraduate and graduate courses and supervised multiple undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral research fellows. 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: 36; i10-index:70; sum of times cited: 4154. Underlined names represent postdoctoral fellow/student mentees. First last name on list of authors is “first author”; (if second or last author, Chumbler NR*, indicates senior and/or corresponding author).

Clayton KD, Chumbler NR, Clark N, Willis J., & Young S. 2019. Patient-selected music rhythmically-paired with in-patient rehabilitation: A case report on an individual stroke patient. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Jun 17:1-13. DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2019.1628137. [Epub ahead of print].

Hill, M., Huff, A., Chumbler, NR*. 2019. “I’m gonna get busy living:” Examining the trajectories of affect, coping, and psychological resilience among Persons Living with HIV in the Northeast Georgia Health District. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, Apr 30, 6, 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/233393619834937.

Mkanta W, Reece M, Alamri A, Ezekekwu E., Potluri A., Chumbler NR*.  2018. A Three-State Analysis of Black-White Disparities in Diabetes Hospitalizations among Medicaid Beneficiaries. Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology. June 29; 5:1-7.

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. 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.

Saleem, JJ., Weiler, DT., Satterly, T., Nussbaum, MA., Chumbler, NR., Fischer, GM., & Rehman, S.U. 2018. Field investigation of ambulatory clinic exam room design with respect to computing devices: A pilot study. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 62, 518-522.

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.

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