Megan Kelley, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Health Sciences

Megan Kelley is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her professional and educational pursuits have focused on understanding and addressing the social and behavioral factors that contribute to disparities in health and health care access among diverse populations including children and youth. While volunteering in high school as an English tutor, she became interested in immigrant and refugee health after listening to local families share stories about their struggles to thrive in a new country.

Several years and a few degrees later, Kelley became involved with immigrant and refugee health issues across the state while working as a community health educator in the Nebraska Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity. More recently, she delved into current research on the health characteristics and needs of vulnerable populations as a graduate research assistant at the UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Her teaching and research at UNL focus on health disparities, health communication and program planning, and social and behavioral determinants of health.