Neale Chumbler Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Health and Public Service
Neale Chumbler Ph.D.

Dr. Neale Chumbler became Dean of the College of Health and Public Service (HPS) at the University of North Texas on July 1, 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. 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. Dr. Chumbler, who also is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, provides strong leadership and passionate advocacy for health and public service education, research, service and inclusivity. He oversees seven academic departments, more than 150 faculty members and staff, and approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, he manages a variety of applied research and health service centers, programs and facilities that contribute to the outstanding education and research for which UNT is known for as a Tier One research university.

During his busy first 18 months at UNT, Dr. Chumbler helped develop a new college-wide strategic plan – Synergy 2025: Our Path Forward – which establishes a long-range vision for HPS across six key areas: 1) excellence in teaching and dedication to learning; 2) innovative research; 3) holistic student experience; 4) community commitment; 5) diversity, inclusion and respect; and 6) professional development, excellence and recognition. In addition to focusing on the implementation of a strategic plan, he has concentrated on increasing enrollment and improving student success (recruitment, retention, academic success), communication and research expenditures.

Prior to arriving at UNT, Dr. Chumbler was dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University (WKU), the institution’s largest academic college, with over 4,800 students. While at WKU (from 2015-2018), 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 college’s 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.  

Since 2008, Dr. Chumbler has been an academic administrator in key positions of increasing responsibility that have included serving as an Associate Director and Director of extramurally funded research centers, graduate program coordinator, postdoctoral research fellowship director, and served as Department Chair at both Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of Georgia.  

As a faculty member, Dr. 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, and his research has been funded by more than 50 sources, such as the 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 peer-reviewed book chapters in highly respected publishers.

Dr. Chumbler completed his doctoral studies in sociology at Case Western Reserve University in 1994 and 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:72; sum of times cited: 4200. Bold 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).

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.

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].

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.  doi.org/10.1177/2333392818783513.

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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Research Areas: 

access to care for older adults and those with chronic health conditions; informal/family caregiver burden