Mitchel Herian, Ph.D. Faculty Fellow, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center
With a background in public policy theory and analysis, Mitchel Herian’s range of research interests focuses primarily on trust. He has worked extensively to examine how institutional trust—individuals’ trust in governmental institutions—is formed and how to measure it appropriately. In addition, Herian has researched the ways in which institutional trust impacts individuals’ public policy preferences and acceptance of governmental decisions. His recent research examines how measures of trust and social capital are related to indicators of health and well-being at the individual and aggregate levels.
For the past several years, Herian has worked with federal agencies to examine the role of resilience and well-being in extreme contexts. From 2010 to 2014, he served as project manager on the evaluation of the U.S. Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program, an initiative designed to enhance the resilience of soldiers and their families. In the past year, he has worked on two projects with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to examine how well-being and resilience impact the performance of astronauts and individuals who work in isolated, confined environments. Herian has published a number of papers and reports on these topics, several of which have appeared in respected journals of psychology, public administration, and public policy.