Julie Tippens, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Julie Tippens is a community-engaged researcher specializing in global health and an assistant professor of child, youth and family studies. Her work broadly focuses on the intersections of migration, resilience, and structural vulnerability. Specifically, she examines how refugees build psychosocial and emotional resilience in the context of forced migration. She has spent more than a decade working as a practitioner and researcher with refugees in both the United States and Kenya, and she is interested in the translation of research findings to improve refugees’ wellbeing both locally and globally.

Prior to joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she completed her doctoral training in maternal and child health and medical anthropology at the University of Arizona. She utilizes this interdisciplinary background to blend qualitative inquiry with quantitative measures in my research. Her most recent project centered on how Congolese refugees coped with sociopolitical violence in Nairobi, Kenya, and was funded by the David L. Boren Fellowship. She retains close contacts in Kenya, and is in the process of expanding her work to include additional locations and refugee populations in the United States and East Africa. She is particularly interested in research that explores intergenerational resilience in conflict-affected families, households, and communities.