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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Mark DeKraai – Senior Research Director

402.472.1496 | mdekraai@nebraska.edu

Dr. Mark DeKraai received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990. He spent 18 years developing state policies and programs in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, child welfare and juvenile justice before joining the Public Policy Center. Dr. DeKraai’s research interests include child and family systems of care, mental health and substance abuse services, and other health and human services. He is interested in how public engagement processes and evaluation results inform public policy.