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Neale Chumbler, Ph.D.

Neale Chumbler, Ph.D.
- Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Educational Background

B.S., Sociology, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky.

M.A., Sociology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Ph.D., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Services Research, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs & The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Neale R. Chumbler joined Western Kentucky University as Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, March 2015 following a national search. He comes to the College of Health and Human Services from the University of Georgia where he served as the Department Head, Graduate Coordinator, and Professor of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health. An experienced administrator with positions of significant responsibility prior to coming to The University of Georgia, Dr. Chumbler served in several administrative positions on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where he served as a Full Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, Director of the Institute for Research on Social Issues (an interdisciplinary research center), and Interim Director of the Survey Research Center. Also at IUPUI, he served as the Associate Director and Director of the Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program in the Center for Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, an interdisciplinary research center with 75 employees funded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Prior to his service at IUPUI, Chumbler was on the faculty at the University of Florida, progressing from an Assistant to Associate Professor (with Tenure) in the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy, while simultaneously maintaining a joint research appointment and was continuously and independently funded as a Research Health Scientist at the Gainesville, FL VA Medical Center (VAMC) Interdisciplinary Research Center (Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center). He is a recognized expert in the implementation and evaluation of health information technology (information technology applied to health care) and telemedicine (remote delivery of health care services and information) to expand access to affordable health care. He has received over $30 Million (with over $9 Million as Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator) in research grants and contracts from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health. He has authored 125 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

On an array of topics, from student success to research productivity, Dr. Chumbler has emphasized excellence and leadership. He has a focused commitment to develop graduate and undergraduate programs that are tailored to meet the multifaceted needs of students. To that end, he developed a MBA/MPH dual degree program in collaboration with the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and is a strong proponent of increasing access to education by the implementation of online education programs. His work has included the amalgamation of teaching, learning, and research across several disciplines, including the application of experiential learning that also encompasses service learning pedagogical opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in community-based settings. He has advised or co-advised 14 doctoral, masters, or undergraduate theses and has served as primary or co-primary mentor for three postdoctoral research fellows. Over his career, Chumbler has taught more than 11 different courses at the undergraduate and graduate student levels.

Chumbler holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s in sociology from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Murray State University. After earning his doctorate, he spent the next two years as a postdoctoral research fellow in Health Services Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Little Rock, Arkansas VAMC. Dr. Chumbler has two daughters, Monica and Isabel.

Selected Publications

In the past three years:

Citation Report (Google Scholar): h-index: 32; i10-index:60; sum of times cited: 3374.

Mkanta W, Reece M, Alamri A, Ezekekwu E., Potluri A., Chumbler NR*.  Accepted for Publication. A Three-State Analysis of Black-White Disparities in Diabetes Hospitalizations among Medicaid Beneficiaries. Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology.

Weiler, DT, Satterly, T., Rehman, SU, Nussbaum, MA, Chumbler, NR., Fischer, GM, & Saleem, J. (In Press). Ambulatory clinic exam room design with respect to computing devices: A laboratory simulation study. IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors.


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.

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. 2017 Apr 6. doi: 10.1007/s11325-017-1494-5. [Epub ahead of print]

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. Nov 23. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14662. [Epub ahead of print].

Mkanta WN, Chumbler NR, Yang K, Saigal R, Abdollah M. 2016.  Cost and predictors of hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions among Medicaid enrollees in comprehensive managed care plans. Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology. Sep 25; 3: 2333392816670301.

Chumbler NR, Otani K, Desai S, Hermann PA, Kurz RS. 2016. Hospitalized older adults’ patient satisfaction: Inpatient care experiences. Sage Open April-June 2016 1-7 DOI: 10.1177/2158244016645639

Chumbler, N. R., Ganashen, S., O'Brien Cherry, C., Garrett-Wright, D., & Bute, J. 2016. "Rewriting life narratives: Positive coping mechanisms in adolescent mothers." Pp. 199-224 In Research in the Sociology of Health Care: Issues in Health and Health Care for Special Groups, Social Factors, and Disparities, edited by JJ Kronenfeld. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Press.

Otani K, Chumbler NR, Hermann PA, Kurz RS. 2015. Impact of Pain on Patient Satisfaction Integration Process: How Patients with Pain Combine Their Healthcare Attribute Reactions.  Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology. 1-7 DOI: 10:1177/2333392875615103.

Arling G, Ofner S, Reeves M, Myers L, Williams L, Daggy J, Phipps M, Chumbler N, Bravata D. 2015. Care trajectories of veterans in the twelve months following hospitalization for acute ischemic stroke. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 8(Suppl 3): S131-40.

Chumbler NR, Desai SP, Ingels JB, Dobbin KK. 2015. “Race and socioeconomic status:  Public perceptions toward quality and access to care in the Affordable Care Act. Pp. 209-228 in Research in the Sociology of Health Care: Education, Social Factors and Health Beliefs in Health and Health Care Services (Vol. 33). Edited by JJ. Kronenfeld. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Press. 

Huff A, Chumbler NR, Cheery, CO, Hill M, Veguilla V. 2015. An in-depth mixed-methods approach to Ryan White HIV/AIDS care program comprehensive needs assessment from the Northeast Georgia Public Health District: the significance of patient privacy, psychological health, and social stigma to care. Evaluation and Program Planning 49:137-148.

Chumbler NR, Li X, Quigley P, Morey M, Rose D, Griffiths P, Sanford J, Hoenig H. 2015. A randomized controlled trial on stroke telerehabilitation: The effects on falls self-efficacy and satisfaction with care. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 21(3):139-43.

Otani, K, Shen Y, Chumbler NR, Judy Z, Herrmann PA, Kurz RS. 2015 Impact of self-rated health status on patient satisfaction integration process. Journal of Healthcare Management 60(3):205-219.

Outcalt SD, Kroenke K, Krebs EE, Chumbler NR, Wu J, Yu Z, Bair MJ. 2015. Relative effects of posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression on pain, quality of life and disability among Veterans with Chronic Pain. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 38(3):535-43.

Daggett VS, Woodward-Hagg H, Damush T, Plue L, Russell, Allen G, Williams LS, Chumbler NR, Bravata DM. 2015. A healthcare systems redesign project to improve dysphagia screening. Journal of Nursing Care Quality 30(3):226-32.

Jia H, Phipps MS, Bravata DM, Castro J, Li X, Ordin DL, Myers J, Vogel WB, Williams LS, Chumbler NR*.2015. Inpatient Stroke Care Quality for Veterans: Are there differences between VA medical centers in the stroke belt and other areas?  International Journal of Stroke 10:67-72.

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