Center Staff


Our disciplinary backgrounds include applied behavioral science, community psychology, anthropology, education, law, child development, urban planning, and public health. Team members have experience addressing a variety of issues facing communities including health promotion, social determinants of health, substance abuse, education, child and youth development, rural health, child well-being, systems change, and neighborhood development in urban communities.

Our multi-generational team includes Ph.D-level researchers, professional staff, graduate students, and undergraduate interns. We learn through relationships with collaborative partners locally, nationally, and globally.


Photo of Jerry A. Schultz
  • Co-Director, Center for Community Health and Development
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, KU Department of Preventive Medicine, the Department of Applied Behavioral Science
  • Co-Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, University of Kansas

Photo of Jomella Watson-Thompson
  • Associate Director for Community Participation and Research, Center for Community Health and Development
  • Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Applied Behavioral Science

Photo of Stephen Fawcett
  • Senior Advisor, Center for Community Health and Development
  • Co-Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
  • Kansas Health Foundation Emeritus Distinguished Professor, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas